The commercialization and legality of marijuana have reduced the criticism surrounding the drug, sequestering it to the meager outcries of small, ultra-conservative moralist groups. However, is the declining controversy of cannabis due to its growing popularity, or does it have substantial backing?
Scientific studies carried out over the last several years have revealed that the benefits of marijuana are quite extensive and the drawbacks of using the drug for medical purposes are relatively minimal. Of course, we don’t have the time to go over everything that pot has to offer, but below is a list geared toward providing you with a few facts about this miracle drug.
Marijuana Health Benefits
Much of the vitriol surrounding marijuana is related to its psychedelic effects. A lot of people object to the altered consciousness caused by the drug, viewing it as destructive to the mind and destructive to society, broadly. However, recent scientific advancements have identified THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol as the chemical primarily responsible for causing the “high” feeling. Through careful breeding, dispensaries and scientists have created strains low in THC that maximize the medical benefits of the drug while minimizing its hallucinogenic side effects.
According to Peter Grinspoon, contributing editor to Harvard Health, when it comes to the health benefits of marijuana, many patients report that CBD-dominant strains are the most beneficial for relieving pain and discomfort. CBD, or cannabidiol is a chemical that occurs naturally in marijuana plants and works in tandem with the human Endocannabinoid System –which is essentially a network of electrochemical signals. By binding with human CB1 and CB2 receptors, cannabinoids actively work to ease the pain, promote relaxation, and reduce inflammation. For many people, the drug is an excellent alternative to opiates, due to its inability to cause overdose and NSAIDs such as Advil or Tylenol (for those that may have kidney problems or specific allergies).
Medical marijuana benefits are extensive and widely reported. First of all, the most common use of medical marijuana is pain control, primarily for the treatment of nerve pain. In addition, marijuana is an excellent muscle relaxant making it ideal for alleviating the tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease. Nausea, weight loss, and glaucoma are also common ailments addressed by marijuana use. In addition, new research suggests that cannabis may also be an effective treatment method for returning veterans with PTSD and HIV patients.
Through careful study, specific strains have been discovered as being the most effective in the treatment of certain medical problems. Below is a brief list of marijuana strains to consider if suffering from the indicated issue. Please note that the list below is NOT meant to be taken as a medical guide in favor of an actual medical opinion. Be sure to consult with your doctor before experimenting with cannabis.
Best Cannabis Strains
Best Strain for Insomnia
– 100% Indica
– THC: 6% – 8%, CBD: 7%
The effects of this 100% pure indica strain are energizing and uplifting. While this may sound counterintuitive to treating insomnia, those are just the effects that the strain has on your mood. In terms of your body, Afghani induces a mellow, relaxing body buzz that begins around your neck and shoulders, spreading slowly throughout your body. Much like a massage, Afghani clears your mind and relieves bodily tension, rocking you gently into a restful sleep.
Best Strain for Chronic Pain
– Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 70% Sativa / 30% Indica
– THC: 1%, CBD: 20%
The best thing about ACDC is that it’s low THC concentration induces virtually no psychedelic effects. Instead, this wonder strain promotes concentration and sociability. Its high CBD levels make it excellent for treating inflammation and chronic pain. Many patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, seizures, and nausea have found relief through the use of ACDC as well.
Best Strain for Anxiety
– Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 80% Sativa / 20% Indica
– THC: 20% – 22%, CBD: 1%
At first glance, Amnesia Haze’s THC/CBD ratio may seem to go counter to what was previously discussed in this article. While the high THC concentration makes this strain a poor choice for treating illnesses that require the inverse, the THC here actually has the benefit of relieving psychological issues such as anxiety and depression. The high caused by this strain is described as being giddy, creative, and euphoric. This bud is best smoked during the day.
Best Strain for Depression
– Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 60% Sativa / 40% Indica
– THC: 25%, CBN: 1%
Gaining more recognition after the release of the movie, Pineapple Express offers a mild body buzz that doesn’t infringe on daily duties. Instead, this strain is known for both calming and stimulating your mind, encouraging activity and creativity. The high THC percentage makes Pineapple Express perfectly suited for the treatment of depression, but the strain also does a decent job at relieving anxiety as well.
Best Strain for Nausea
– Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 90% Sativa / 10% Indica
– THC: 26%, CBD: 2%, CBN: 4%
With a name like “Sour Diesel” you would think that the strain would induce nausea instead of relieving it. However, the strain’s uplifting effects are known to stimulate the mind and encourage activity in the body. Recommended for the daytime, this strain will provide you with an excellent head start and relieve any and all bodily discomfort. Keep in mind, this strain is not great for insomnia, it’s actually more likely to keep you awake!
Where to Look for Marijuana
While studies of marijuana benefits are ongoing, recent discoveries have done wonders for those of us suffering from illness. Whether you have a chronic illness, or trouble sleeping, the versatility and relative harmlessness of the cannabis plant is an excellent choice for treatment.
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