With marijuana emerging as the world’s new medicine, the benefits of its many characteristics are finally in the mainstream.
Despite the newfound popularity for all things weed-related, one of the elements of cannabis that always seems to take centre stage is THC. This ingredient spent years in the doghouse because it was known to be the compound that got you high and was seen as having no additional qualities. But now that the truth about pot is out, the stigmas attached to THC are disappearing.
Nature’s Pain Relief
For example, research has shown that THC has the ability to block pain signals from being sent to the brain, which is very effective in chronic pain management. That includes neuropathic and nerve related injuries.
As well, THC is also a powerful agent in the fight against vomiting and nausea. In fact, it has been used in pill form for cancer patients since the 1980s. In the area of cancer treatment, THC has been known to stimulate appetite and eliminate nausea with the well-known effect called “the munchies”.
THC Helps Asthma
Another misnomer regarding marijuana over the years is the stigma that it is bad for lung health. Although there can be complications from heavy-duty smoking, research that started in the 1970s has shown that smoking or vaping weed can actually help with asthma attacks. This is especially true for strains that have the Pinene terpenes in them, such as “Jack Herer”, “Dutch Treat” and “Romulan” to name a few.
Travelling even further north on the body, those of us who suffer from Glaucoma can benefit greatly with doses of THC. It has been well documented since the 1970s that marijuana can relieve terrible eye pressure related to the condition, for several hours. Glaucoma patients were some of the first people to receive prescriptions for medical cannabis.
THC As a Sleep Aid
As well as treating eye-related conditions, marijuana is a perfect choice for closing them. THC is a known and powerful sleep aid and can help with nighttime breathing problems as well. To the end, scientists are currently working on ways to control sleep apnea with medical pot.
THC Treats Epilepsy
For those of us who suffer from more serious conditions, such as epilepsy, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University made a wonderful discovery. THC can control the seizures related to epilepsy because it binds brain cells responsible for controlling excitability, and helps regulate relaxation.
THC Slows the Progression of Alzheimer’s
Finally, it is now known that THC can help in the battle with terrible affliction known as Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2006 study published in Molecular Pharmaceutics, shows that THC helps slow the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain, by blocking the enzymes that create them.
So marijuana lovers rejoice, because the next time someone criticizes you for smoking weed, just tell them you’re doing it for your health.
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