Before discussing cannabis products and their health benefits, it’s important to know what cannabis really is. There are several misconceptions regarding it and this article helps put things in perspective.
What Is Cannabis?
If you search for cannabis on Google, it will tell you that it is a tall plant the leaves of which have psychoactive properties. These properties get your brain ‘high’ and make you feel like you’re in a different place. Far from your problems and all is right with the world again. (Oh how we wish for that once or few hundred times a day.)
But that’s far, very far away from the reality that we actually live in. This is just the after effect of cannabis once it enters your body and makes its way to your bloodstream.
Parts of cannabis plants are used in different ways, for example, the leaves and flowers are dried, crushed and smoked. The resin of cannabis plant is used as a solid intoxicant to inhale while the rest gets baked into cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes etc.
And the list goes on for all the ways young minds get creative with their stash of green goodness. Now, let’s break down the simple science behind why there is a huge consumption of cannabis and cannabis products and what makes them safe.
What Is THC?
The cannabis plant contains a chemical component called Tetrahydrocannabinol, or for easier use of terms THC. This compound is basically a hallucinogen and is responsible for improving the blood flow up to your brain.
This improved blood flow helps the brain to ease up and relax. Plus, it also distorts reality to make everything seem lighter, happier and more peaceful. Like it is at the end of some Disney movie you’d watch.
But again it has no connection to the reality. It’s just all happening inside the head. It’s like a temporary getaway for self-satisfaction. Because it doesn’t really help us solve our problems for real.
But then why should you still use cannabis products? Good question! Let’s turn to science for the answer. Because let’s be honest, there is a better chance of something being believable if it has science involved.
Well, as it turns out THC isn’t the only compound which is found in the cannabis plant. There’s another compound called CBD which stands for Cannabidoil. Both THC and CBD derive from the same plant.
CBD vs. THC
But where one of the chemicals gets you ‘high’ because it’s a psychoactive compound, the other compound ‘CBD’, has properties that provide you with a lot of health benefits. Without making you go loony in the head like THC.
After a thorough research, it has been reported in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that CBD may not only help fight cancer but also diminishes its growth and shrinks the tumor. Due to this discovery, the medical and health researchers are willing to look more into the possibilities of CBD and its health benefits.
Another medical research in Israel presented that 93% of the people in the study showed improvement in chronic pain because of their cannabis consumption.
According to many researches, medical marijuana or CBD, to be precise, can help you in regulating your bodyweight, preventing seizures, helping cure blood, liver and lung cancer.
It may also be used for the treatment of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease. In one of the review articles from Neurotherapeutics, it said that CBD might also help you control your anxiety levels along with helping some of the other mental disorders related to that.
So, you see using products which contain a high amount of CBD instead of THC isn’t that bad at all. Now that we’ve established the basics, let’s get to know more about what cannabis products are we talking about.
What Is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil comes from the hemp plant and many people widely use it. Health experts claim that in a certain amount, this plant-derived oil can serve as a treatment in a lot of areas. Although the research is limited, it is still very promising in terms of CBD health benefits.
In this very year the Food and Drugs Administration allowed the use for CBD oil to treat the two rare but occurring conditions of epileptic seizures.
Keep in mind that the effects of CBD may vary from person to person. CBD from the cannabis oil, when enters the body, its own endogenous cannaboid system responds with the body’s central nervous system and helps in steadying the body’s condition. Absorption of the cannabis oils by the body results in more health benefits if Vitamin E and C are present, according to the research by the National Institute for Health.
Cannabis oil or even lotions and capsules have attracted a lot of buyers in the cosmetic genre as well since it showed a great result to cure acne and several other skin conditions.
Many cosmetic companies have started using CBD as an ingredient in their products to achieve positive results. Where half of the consumers are using cannabis products for their physical appearance the other half consumes it to relieve their physical ailments.
The bottom line is that you can get a prescription for cannabis products from the drug store and avail the health benefits it has to offer. It’s better to still consult a health expert before getting your hands on CBD. As long as the cannabis products you use don’t have THC and instead have more CBD content in them, you’re good!