Is Smoking Weed Good For Your Health?
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Despite most people using it for recreation, more doctors in Canada are prescribing marijuana to patients with specific medical conditions and symptoms. But can it be actively good for your health? Here’s what we know and don’t know about how marijuana can positively impact your health.
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Is Smoking Marijuana Good For You?
For most consumers, smoking marijuana is a form of relaxation and stress relief. This is, in and of itself, a positive benefit, and enjoying the feeling of getting high for leisure should not be discounted as being a real, tangible benefit.
However, weed can also have health benefits for those with specific issues:
- Marijuana appears to ease nerve pain, including in patients with multiple sclerosis, and it may be a healthy replacement for opiates.
- Many patients also use weed to manage nausea and weight loss that results from some medical disorders; one of the most prominent treatments is for the eye condition glaucoma.
- It is reported to be a muscle relaxant, and patients with Parkinson’s disease have stated that it can lessen tremors.
- Weed can help patients suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia improves their rest.
This is not an exhaustive list, and doctors may see weed as beneficial for other health problems. However, the act of smoking can expose users to certain toxins they’d prefer to avoid; this isn’t exclusive to marijuana and can happen when you combust any plant matter. For those worried about what smoke will do to their bodies, they can also find the benefits in edibles and supplements.
What Parts Of Marijuana Provide Health Benefits?
A lot of analysis is being done on marijuana’s health effects, and for good reason: on top of THC and CBD, there are 60 more cannabinoids and roughly 400 other types of chemical compounds. These compounds may have medical uses, but without more research, medical professionals won’t know how to make the best use of them.
Some of this research suggests that CBD has stress-relieving and therapeutic benefits. It has been known to work on receptors in the endocannabinoid system that reduce inflammation. Numerous studies show that CBD has also been able to reduce seizures, in some cases even stopping them altogether. More research is needed, but most forms are safe to use because CBD doesn’t cause the psychoactive “high” associated with marijuana. However, some reported side effects of CBD include fatigue, nausea, and mood changes.
It’s important to note that, for some consumers, the THC in marijuana can be addictive. Some research suggests that using weed may raise the chances of developing depression, and it may worsen symptoms of mental disorders a consumer may already have or not know they have. However, if you do not have these problems, smoking marijuana under a doctor’s supervision is nothing to be afraid of and can bring many benefits!
Can Weed Make You Healthier?
Marijuana making someone “healthier” depends on the state of their health. For those who are suffering from illnesses, it can be an important part of a regimen that improves health outcomes. Some studies show that weed may provide relief for patients with conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and even cancer; relief from the attenuating problems can improve how they handle treatment and recovery.
However, weed can’t be said to make already healthy people “healthier.” Unless you have consulted with your doctor or healthcare practitioner, do not substitute smoking marijuana with prescribed medications. Strains high in CBD may have more anti-inflammatory effects than others, but consumers can derive these benefits from supplements, too.
Frequently Asked Questions About Weed Health Benefits
Smoking marijuana can have positive effects on the body and mind and can be used for real therapeutic results. However, it’s important not to overstate the benefits and sell a false identity of marijuana consumption; for most people, the enjoyment and stress relief is a good enough reason to consume this legal product!
Most of the positive benefits of smoking weed come from the therapeutic and stress-relieving side effects. Marijuana appears to ease nerve pain, manage nausea, increase appetite, and act as a muscle relaxant. These benefits can improve outcomes for patients with cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Weed isn’t a “cure” for most things, despite what some advocates may say. However, the positive effects on the mind can lead to better health outcomes for many people. Strains high in CBD may have more anti-inflammatory effects than others. However, if any weed helps someone replace truly toxic habits and patterns that are detrimental to health, weed can certainly make for a healthier life!
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