In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the potential health benefits of cannabis. Beyond its recreational use, cannabis is gaining recognition for its role as a preventative medicine. From managing chronic conditions to promoting overall well-being, here are seven compelling reasons why cannabis is emerging as one of the best preventative medicines.
1. Prevents Heart Disease
For obvious reasons strictly controlled clinical human trials using marijuana and its derivatives have been few and far between. But what we do know is that low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol act to relax and widen blood vessels. This is known as vasorelaxation which is as positive as it sounds. With widened blood vessels the strain of high blood pressure can be greatly reduced. It’s the reason you often see marijuana users with reddened and dilated eyes. This same effect could be used to help anyone in a family with previous heart disease.
2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Chronic inflammation is linked to various health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders. Cannabis, particularly CBD (cannabidiol), is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. By reducing inflammation, cannabis can potentially lower the risk of developing inflammatory-related conditions. Both THC and CBD are extremely effective in reducing the inflammation associated with a number of diseases.
3. Pain Management:
Cannabis has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever. Whether it's chronic pain, arthritis, or muscle spasms, cannabinoids in cannabis can provide relief. By managing pain effectively, cannabis may help prevent the development of secondary health issues associated with persistent discomfort.
4. Stress and Anxiety Reduction:
Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being. Cannabis, especially strains with higher CBD content, has been shown to have anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects. By promoting relaxation and stress reduction, cannabis may contribute to preventing the negative impacts of chronic stress on both mental and physical health.
5. Neuroprotective Effects:
The cannabinoids in cannabis, particularly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), exhibit neuroprotective properties. Research suggests that these compounds may help protect the brain from oxidative stress, inflammation, and neurodegenerative diseases. This neuroprotective effect could contribute to preventing cognitive decline and maintaining brain health.
The THC in marijuana can slow or even stop the increasing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the presence of THC through marijuana intake can slow the production of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. These proteins are a classic feature of Alzheimer’s and are thought to be a key contributor to the development of the disease. This is because these beta-amyloid proteins clump together to form a hard insoluble plaque. A study done at the University of South Florida went a long to explaining how THC acts to protect the brain, lessening and even halting the growth of these proteins.
6. Cancer Prevention and Support:
While more research is needed, some studies suggest that cannabinoids may have anti-cancer properties. Cannabis has been explored for its potential in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and reducing tumor size. Additionally, the alleviation of cancer-related symptoms, such as nausea and pain, can contribute to an improved quality of life. Researchers found that when rodents were given an injection of pure CBD (cannabidiol) they were less likely to develop colon cancer even after being induced with the disease. Obviously, this is still in a developmental phase but the potential it has to help the millions of people all over the world who suffer from cancer is monumental.
7. Enhanced Sleep Quality:
Quality sleep is essential for overall health, and cannabis, particularly indica strains, is known for its sedative effects. By improving sleep quality, cannabis may indirectly contribute to preventing a range of health issues associated with sleep deprivation, including cardiovascular problems and impaired cognitive function.
As cannabis continues to shed its stigma, its potential as a preventative medicine becomes increasingly evident. From promoting a balanced ECS to offering anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects, cannabis has diverse applications in maintaining and enhancing overall health. However, it's essential to approach cannabis use responsibly, considering individual differences and consulting with healthcare professionals, especially in regions where its use is legal. With ongoing research, the role of cannabis in preventative medicine is likely to become even more defined in the years to come.
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Disclaimer: Please be advised that any of the information provided in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to supersede the advice of your medical professional or the laws in your region. Please consult a healthcare provider before making any treatment decisions regarding your health.
Katherine deBoer currently resides in gorgeous Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. You can connect with her via her website www.kdcannabiscoach.ca