The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support.
Even though some medical benefits of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization, recent research has demonstrated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and strong reasons to continue studying the drug’s medicinal uses.
Even the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse lists medical uses for cannabis.
There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol (CBD), which seems to impact the brain without a high and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has pain relieving properties and is largely responsible for the high.
However, scientists say that limitations on marijuana research mean we still have big questions about its medicinal properties. In addition to CBD and THC, there are another 400 or so chemical compounds, more than 60 of which are cannabinoids. Many of these could have medical uses. But without more research, we won’t know the full range of medical benefits these leafy greens offer.
More research would also shed light on the risks of marijuana. Even if there are legitimate uses for medicinal marijuana, that doesn’t mean all use is harmless. Some research indicates that chronic, heavy users may have impaired memory, learning, and processing speed, especially if they started regularly using marijuana before age 16 or 17.
Here are 10 surprising health benefits of cannabis leaves:
The antioxidant content in cannabis leaves can act as anti-inflammatory agent. It prevents the body from any inflammation diseases such as arthritis or colitis disease.
Cannabis leaves can inhibit the bacterial growth through the mechanism of cannabinoid and cannabidiol actions. They can slow the growth of bacterial and also kill them effectively.
Cannabinoid in cannabis leaves has a unique immune-regulating capability. It can help to normalize the system function of your body including immune function and cell communication.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) comes in various symptoms, mainly come as cramp and discomfort in the back. This is because of the muscle spasm in the lower area of the stomach. Cannabinol antispasmodic effect in cannabis leaves bring the benefits to reduce the PMS symptoms.
Basically, we have endogenous cannabinoid in our bodies. It is effective to regulate the immune function in the body. However, sometimes our bodies have an overreaction in the immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. In this condition, cannabis leaves can help to normalize the immune functions and help them to work back properly.
Cannabidiol compound in cannabis leaves acts as anxiolytic which sends the signal directly to the brain. It is very effective to relieve anxiety in any psychology or psychiatry disorders.
The cannabinoid in cannabis leaves can bridge the gap of neurotransmitter in the brain. It will provide the two-way system of communication which can improve the nervous system function. This compound sends the signal and receives the feedback from the tissues or all organs in the entire body. It is effective to reduce the incidence of Alzheimer disease or dementia.
Cannabis leaves have an anti-ischemic effect to protect the heart from the ischemic disease. It can happen because cannabis leaves contain cannabidiol which can reduce the risk of arterial blockage that makes the heart ischemic disease.
The health benefits of cannabis leaves to treat glaucoma have been researched several times and this is the best new invention for the glaucoma treatment. According to the National Eye Institute, cannabis leaves can decrease the pressure of eyeball, slowing the progression of the disease, and prevent blindness.
Cannabis leaves have the cannabinol compound that can reduce the symptoms of neurologic problems, such as uncontrolled facial grimaces, tic, involuntary grunt, shout, and snort which all of these symptoms are known as Tourette’s syndrome.