Medical Marijuana: Health Benefits Of THC, CBD
When it comes to the medical use of cannabis to promote better health, CBD has all the positive buzz and THC is tainted as the “black sheep.” However, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) offers numerous health benefits that few know about. Below are eight of the top health benefits of THC.
1. Eases Nausea & Vomiting
Marinol is an FDA-approved product used to help cancer patients deal with vomiting and nausea experienced during treatment. It has been around since the 1980s being marketed as a pharmaceutical alternative to marijuana.
However, while Marinol does contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound is both synthetic and isolated.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the active compounds in Marional and is synthetic and isolated. This means that the THC in Marional has a lesser impact compared to the natural compounds found in cannabis.
As such, Marinol lacks the beneficial compounds such as flavonoids, cannabinoids, and terpenes that collectively work toward the same goal as opposed to having individual effects.
Remarkably, a study done in 1955 showed that standard THC that does not have high psychotropic effects and the oral doses of THC-8 were useful in treating nausea in children undergoing chemotherapy. More interestingly, some slight irritability was the only significant side effect found.
Compared to other medications for treating nausea with side effects such as blurred vision, diarrhea, rash, drowsiness, constipation, headache, fever, and muscle spasms among many others, The THC-based therapies offer a far better and safer treatment option.
2. Effective Sleep Aid
Studies have shown that the health benefits of THC also include helping with sleep problems; this is supported by the finding of a study done in 1970 on insomniac individuals who took oral doses of THC. The cannabinoid helped them fall asleep faster.
Those findings got a boost from another recent study that suggested that THC may as well help improve breathing and help reduce sleep disruptions.
As such, the use of approved products that have THC as an active ingredient is fantastic news for insomniacs and those dealing with sleep apnea.
3. Enhances Senses
The psychoactive effects of THC are why many people have a negative perception of the cannabinoid and thus would not consider its use. In fact, most prohibitionists have used that same thing to label the use of cannabis or marijuana as ‘dangerous and harmful to the health.’
But the use of marijuana dates back centuries with different cultures enjoying the psychoactive elements of the plant. Different cultures have used cannabis in rituals and various ceremonies because of the psychoactive components.
Of importance is to acknowledge that not everyone will find THC to work for them because the compound may not agree with everyone. But that does not mean that cannabis is dangerous more so since no evidence shows overdosing on THC can be fatal.
4. Protects Brain Cells
One of the bad labels given for cannabis is that it kills brain cells. However, research has discredited that myth. Much of the negativity toward marijuana is attributed to the reefer madness that had many people believing marijuana use kills brain cells.
Most abused substances are neurotoxic, but the THC is a neuroprotectant meaning it protects the brain cells.
A research done in 2014 found that individuals who used THC were 80% less likely to succumb to traumatic head injuries compared to those without the compound in their systems.
5. Helps Treat PTSD
Nearly, 24.4 million Americans (about 8% of the citizens) have PTSD, that is roughly the population of the State of Texas.
PTSC symptoms can include depression, social isolation, agitation, nightmares, aggression, severe anxiety, and insomnia, all of which can have crippling outcomes.
Thankful, THC is one of the highly effective PTSD treatment options with some of the leading psychiatrists in American and around the world suggesting that cannabis rick in THC is useful as a treatment for PTSD.
THC works by easing the severity of the various symptoms associated with PTSD that include flashbacks, agitation, nightmares, depression, and insomnia. As such, people suffering from the condition can get some peace of mind and sleep better and restore balance in their lives thanks to the use of the cannabinoids. They only need to have safe and monitored access to and use of the cannabinoids.
6. THC Provides Pain Relief
THC is a natural extract that can be used to treat aches and offer relief from pain. It is regarded in some quarters as an infinitely safer option to prescription painkillers.
Health experts estimate that well over 1.5 billion people globally live with one or more types of chronic pain conditions with nerve-related pain and neuropathic pain is the most common among these individuals.
Research shows that this compound extracted from cannabis activates connections in the central nervous system that inhibit pain signals sent to the brain. The FDA did a trial study in 2013 that supported the effectiveness of THC when used for pain relief.
In the study, people with neuropathic pain issues were given THC in low doses of around 1.29%, which was in the form of vaporized cannabis. The dose delivered minimal amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that had 30% reductions in pain compared to placebo.
But much of the on=going clinical research is restricted because of marijuana or cannabis is a regarded as a controlled substance. Fortunately, the health benefits of THC when it comes to treating aches and pains shed a favorable light on cannabis.
7. Promotes Brain Growth
Besides protecting the brain cells from damage, THC is also psychoactive that supports brain growth. It works by activating the brain’s CB1 receptor thereby triggering long-term potentiation, a process that improves the brains capacity to learn.
According to some studies, THC as the same ability as CBD when it comes to stimulating the growth of brain cells in the hippocampus. Other findings suggest that the cannabinoid can also protect spatial memories.
Based on such facts, THC can also be used to slow down Alzheimer’s disease or even protect against the condition.
Moreover, research has shown that individuals who use THC are more likely to survive head injuries that people who do not have the cannabinoid in their systems.
8. THC Increases Appetite
The use of THC has been found to increase gastrointestinal motility thus making it useful in improving digestion.
People with hepatitis, HIV, dementia, and eating disorders tend to experience loss of appetite, and if this is not addressed, they are prone to be severely malnourished or even die. The use of THC can help improve their appetite.
According to various researchers, THC stimulates the same kind of receptors found in the hypothalamus that trigger the production of the hormone ghrelin. The hormone is known to stimulate hunger. In other studies, THC is believed to have the ability to enhance taste buds.
Most people associated this with the “munchies” but there is more in it all than commonly perceived.
If used correctly, the huger-effects associated with the use of cannabis can be used to enhance eating habits thus helping fight issues such as malnutrition due to loss of appetite therein save lives. Conversely, the same effects have a positive side that makes the THC a useful option for people seeking to lose weight by eating less.
The use of marijuana has numerous health benefits, especially when done in the right dosage. What should be avoided is the reactional use of cannabis. The health benefits of THC and CBD compounds found in cannabis range from profound personal insights to enhanced creativity and different life-changing revelations and with psychological benefits.