It’s incredibly exciting to see how quickly attitudes are changing towards the use of Marijuana. For the longest time, the very suggestion of Marijuana would cause the biggest of gasps in middle America, and certainly polite society would never even discuss the possibility of using it.
Probably spurred on by the long-held view that it was only hippies and Rastafarians who used the herb, certainly recreationally. But now that medical research and science have expanded their views on the plant and highly encouraging data is coming out of a diversity of sources both in the United States and beyond, we have the benefit of cross-referencing data from credible universities and research facilities – and the results, are surprising and very encouraging.
Medical Marijuana has been legal in a few states in America for some time, but now that the use of Marijuana is being decriminalized in many states, we’re also seeing a rise in the by-products of the plant. From CBD oils and lotions to “gummies” infused with CBD, the healthcare benefits of Marijuana are expanding rapidly.
“Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”
Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator.
CHRONIC PAIN RELIEF
One of the most exciting developments in pain management comes from the use of Marijuana which has hundreds of chemical compounds – many of which are known as cannabinoids. These have been linked to providing relief from chronic pain. Researchers are very encouraged by trials and testing and as these expand we can expect much more detailed analyses moving forward.
WEIGHT CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT
Cannabis users are rarely overweight and this is due to the chemical makeup of the plant that seems to help regulate insulin which in turn helps control cravings and caloric intake. This is different for occasional users though, as the onset of the munchies may negate those benefits.
Scientists have known for decades that Marijuana can be effectively used to treat and fight certain types of cancers, and thankfully this research is expanding rapidly now that many states have decriminalized Marijuana. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you should take this seriously conduct thorough research under the guidance of your healthcare team, but so far results have been promising.
MANAGING DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
There is a world of possibilities that this fascinating plant has opened up and it begs the question: why was the medical world so slow to embrace it? Conspiracy theories aside, a huge amount of this skepticism can be put down to the stereotypes that surround Marijuana use by the media. Images of teenage rebels and hippies that refuse to grow up abound and the ongoing thought that the use of Marijuana could be a “gateway drug” to other more nefarious substances.
But we think that everyone should conduct their own research and arrive at their own conclusions because there is no doubt about it.