There’s a lot of information about the health benefits of marijuana. After all, why would it be such a popular medical prescription if it was not effective, right? From controlling nausea and managing pain to improving digestion and combating anxiety, marijuana benefits make up a long list. Many of the benefits center on providing relief for severe illnesses like cancer or chronic pain.
But what about the brain? Anytime a substance (legal or illegal, prescription or over-the-counter) is used regularly, questions arise about the long-term impact on the brain. As it turns out, marijuana is showing great promise in the areas of mental health and brain disorders.
Marijuana and Mental Health
It’s no secret that marijuana affects us physically and emotionally. That’s why it’s no surprise to learn that marijuana shows promise in treating or managing mental health concerns, but it all depends on what the condition is and the type of marijuana that is used.
THC, for example, is known to be stimulating. That makes it effective in combating depression, but perhaps not the best choice to help those who suffer from anxiety. For anxiety sufferers, CBD dense marijuana would be a better choice due to CBD’s calming and relaxing effects on the mind and body.
Research is ongoing into mental health marijuana benefits, but cannabis shows promise in helping to treat:
- Opiate abuse
When you think about it, marijuana is a better alternative than opioids, drugs, or alcohol for dealing with stress and other emotional conditions. There’s never been a documented overdose death from marijuana.
Marijuana and the Brain
What about the physical effects of marijuana on the brain? Turns out, there are cannabinoid receptors in the brain for our entire lives. That means our brains are literally hard-wired to detect and utilize the compounds found in marijuana. Those compounds can be used by the brain to regulate many functions, promote the development of new cells, and to support overall health and immune system function. Research is showing promise for marijuana as a possible treatment option for degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease as well as other conditions like migraines and seizures.
Perhaps the most intriguing research into marijuana for medical purposes is in the area of cancer. Marijuana is already widely accepted as a way to combat the side effects of cancer treatment such as nausea and weight loss from chemotherapy, as well as the pain associated with cancer.
Both THC and CBD are recognized by the American Cancer Society as safe and effective complementary treatments in the fight against cancer.
Even more promising is research that has found THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids to slow the growth of cancer cells, reduce their spread, or even kill them. We’re not there yet, but the future holds promise!
Experience Marijuana Benefits For Yourself With Help From The Healing Tree
If you have been suffering side effects from medical treatment, are looking for an alternative way to manage your mental health, or are tired of living with chronic pain, marijuana may be able to help you. Marijuana benefits are well-documented and have changed the lives of thousands of Canadians.
Contact The Healing Tree at 604-559-9600 or visit one of our 3 Vancouver dispensaries to find out if marijuana can help you!