As of today, more than 20 states in the USA have legalized marijuana as a treatment. However, only 6% of scientific studies analyze weed’s medical properties. Cannabis consists of at least two chemicals that scientists think have healing properties. They are cannabidiol (CBD), which highly impacts our brain, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which acts as a painkiller. We suggest you get acquainted with some of the weed health benefits.
1. Glaucoma treatment
Marijuana is widely used to treat and prevent such eye disease as glaucoma. The pressure in the eyeball gradually increases, harming the optic nerve and causing vision deterioration and, finally, vision loss. Marijuana helps decrease the intraocular pressure, slowing down the progression of the disease and saving the patients from blindness.
2. Lung health improvement
According to the study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, smoking weed does not worsen the lung function, but in contrast, increases their capacity. This weed fact was found during the test of 5115 adults at the age of 20. It turns out that deep breaths that are taken while inhaling marijuana can cause lung capacity increase.
3. Control of epileptic seizures
In 2003, a study that took place at the Virginia Commonwealth University showed that marijuana could be used to prevent epileptic seizures and to control them by binding to the brain cells that are responsible for the regulation of relaxation.
4. Marijuana slows down cancer spread
CBD, the chemical found in marijuana, helps prevent the spreading of cancer, as the scientists from California Medical Center claimed in 2007. This principle is based on turning off the Id-1 gene, by copying which cancer can spread through the body.
5. Stress-free existence
Patients who use marijuana as treatment claim that the drug helps them get rid of pain and suppress nausea. That is why weed is usually used by patients who go through chemotherapy. In 2010, the scientists at Harvard Medical School made a suggestion that marijuana could act as a great anti-depressant, reducing anxiety and improving the patients’ mood. But the doses have to be low; otherwise, you become paranoid.