Marijuana. Cannabis. Weed. Pot. No matter the term you use, it is a misunderstood drug that has benefits when properly prescribed and used. Ancient peoples throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa used cannabis to improve health and treat disease. If your doctor has recommended that cannabis can help you with a medical issue (or its side effect), read on to learn the effect it can have on our bodies.

How Cannabis Affects the Body

As with other drugs, cannabis’ effects vary by individual. While some recreational users may complain of increased anxiety, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry showed that cannabis use does not cause clinical anxiety or depression. An additional study from the University of Illinois/University of Chicago found “THC at low doses reduces stress, while higher dosage had the opposite effect.” THC influences the production of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical released by the brain. Medical marijuana controls THC levels.

The effects of cannabis depend on the dosage taken and how potent its preparation. Regular marijuana has two to five percent THC, “ganja” contains up to fifteen percent, hashish oil has between 15-60% potency.

Here are ways cannabis can positively impact our physical health:

Relieve pain and reduce inflammation – Cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine can be beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis, providing relief from pain and discomfort and reducing inflammation.

Improved Sleep Quality – THC helps induce longer and deeper sleep. Deep sleep helps the body repair itself and eliminate toxins from the brain.

Powerful Antioxidant – Every day, we are exposed to environmental contaminants that damage our cells. According to neuroscientists, cannabis is a packed with powerful antioxidants. It may help fight harmful free radicals and reduce oxidative damage that contribute to cancer and neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Lower Average BMI – Although cannabis use might make you feel hungry, scientists discovered that marijuana consumers have lower body mass index and slimmer waists. A 2013 study indicated that cannabis users have better ability to tolerate and break down carbohydrates.

If you are depressed, recovering from cancer, or have other chronic pain or illness, proper cannabis use can help you feel better. Visit a licensed cannabis clinic to talk to a health professional. Call The Clinic Network Canada Inc. at 1-855-462-3646 for an eligibility assessment and consultation.

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