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Did you know that THC has been proven to help people with a variety of health conditions? It's true. Cannabinoids, the compounds found in cannabis plants like marijuana and hemp, are helpful for those who suffer from chronic pain as well as those who are experiencing nausea or vomiting caused by chemotherapy treatments. There is even evidence suggesting that it can help those dealing with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and mood disorders such as depression. There is so much information out there about the benefits of cannabis, but where do you start? This blog post will explore what we know about how THC helps your health.

Neurological Diseases and Disorders
Neurological diseases and disorders can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including muscle spasms, chronic pain, seizures, nausea, mood swings and loss of memory or cognitive function. THC has been shown to reduce the effects or reverse some of these conditions. A study published in 2014 found that people who had daily intake of cannabis over 20 years were less likely to develop gum disease than those who didn't use cannabis at all. This is significant because gum disease has been linked to many serious conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. This study suggests that using cannabis may guard against both of those. Of course we still need more research into how cannabinoids can be tapped for this purpose, but it's a start.

Chronic Pain and Inflammation
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medicinal cannabis. The issue with chronic pain is that pharmaceuticals can have serious side effects – opioids, which are often prescribed to manage pain, have been connected to overdose deaths. While there isn't a lot of research into how cannabis helps those who suffer from chronic pain specifically, many patients say that it alleviates their symptoms better than any other medication they've tried. Of course more studies need to be done before we know exactly why it works so well for this purpose. One study found that mice exposed THC were less sensitive to pain than those who didn't get THC. Cannabis also helps to relieve inflammation, which is thought to play a role in many serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis. On top of that, it can help reduce nausea and improve appetite.

The Gastrointestinal System
Cannabis may also be useful in helping to treat digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, gastritis/gastroparesis and even some gastrointestinal cancers. A study conducted by the University of Naples suggested that cannabis could aid in improving digestion, increasing appetite and relieving constipation. It is thought that the cannabinoid receptors in our liver aid in breaking down food and producing bile, which can be useful for those who suffer from digestive issues.

Mental Illness
While more research needs to be done into the connection between cannabis and schizophrenia (which you can read about here), many people with mental illness are already using cannabis as a treatment option without realizing why it works. The relaxing effects of weed may help to reduce anxiety and paranoia, allowing sufferers to feel less stressed or fearful. THC binds to the same receptors in the brain's fear center as anandamide, which is thought to regulate pleasure and fear responses – this could explain why people experiencing psychological distress often seek out cannabis. THC may also help to improve mood (and thus sleep) for those who suffer from depression, and some studies have suggested that it can even reduce psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia patients.

Cancer/Tumors
This is one of the most exciting areas of research on this list. The first step (which has already been taken) involves studying how THC kills tumor cells without harming healthy cells, which could make it possible to use cannabinoids as a targeted form of treatment someday. While there isn't conclusive evidence yet, many people are turning to cannabis oil or edibles as a way to fight cancer – here's how: THC and other cannabinoids have been shown to encourage cancer cells to die, while leaving healthy cells untouched. The cannabinoids are also thought to be able to slow down the growth of tumors by helping damaged DNA to mend itself. Some studies suggest that THC from these Michigan dispensary locations might even be able to help stop metastasis (the spreading of a tumor). This is one area where more research needs to be done, but it's an extremely promising start.

In conclusion, we know that we're just scratching the surface when it comes to learning about how cannabis can help –and we hope that these articles have sparked your interest. As always, if you want to learn more or discuss medical treatments please feel free to contact us directly. We know this information can be hard to find so anything we can do to make things easier for you is a passion of ours.

 


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