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How Your Health Could be Improved by Legal Cannabis

Wendy Whitehead

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Cannabis is becoming more and more legal either for medical or recreational use. But still, not all states approve of its use. There are a number of health benefits that can be derived to those that are using it legally for medical reasons. Take a look at four different ways that legal cannabis consumption can improve health.

Decreasing anxiety – Everyone feels some anxiety in their lives at various times. It could be worrying about money, dealing with a significant family crisis, or just daily life hassles that causes the unwanted feeling to creep in. Through medical cannabis science research, it has been discovered that low doses of legal cannabis consumption can reduce or eliminate this feeling altogether. It’s a way to relax and reduce stress. It’s one situation where different people have various kinds of reactions based on how much they consume. So what works for one person may not work for the other.

Everyone feels some anxiety in their lives at various times.

Pain reliever – People often use marijuana to help with pain symptoms. It can range in intensity from a mild headache or back problem all the way up to unbearable pain from cancer and the associated chemotherapy and other treatments. According to the National Academies, the cannabinoids that are found inside of the plant are an effective treatment for chronic pain. Without question, it is the most common reason why people request medical marijuana prescriptions.


Cure other addictions – There is no evidence that marijuana is entirely risk-free. However, there is proof to support that it’s safer than alcohol or tobacco. It’s also been found to be less addictive, and there aren’t nearly as many physical side effects coming from the use of cannabis. Some people who are suffering from alcoholism may benefit from the use of legal consumption because it lowers or completely rids them of their addiction. People who have switched from alcohol to cannabis say that they prefer it because there are fewer side effects and a lower chance that they will have to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 

Overall improvement in attitude – Cannabis doesn’t just make you happy because you’re high. There’s a reason for it. When it’s consumed, dopamine, endorphins and serotonin flood your brain. These are all the things that help you to feel good. They are the body’s natural happy chemicals, and they instantly become more available to you. Instead of feeling nervous, worried, or stressed out about things, you will relax, smile and feel happier.

Other medicinal benefits – According to the NHS, cannabis contains active ingredients called cannabinoids. Two of these, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD),  are the active ingredients of a prescription drug called Sativex. This is used to relieve the pain of muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis. Another cannabinoid drug, called Nabilone, is sometimes used to relieve sickness in people having chemotherapy for cancer.

Whether or not cannabis consumption is right for your situation is a personal choice. However, before discrediting it as just another drug, it should be known that there are many benefits to several different issues that people deal with on a daily basis. Even if it isn’t something that you use, it could significantly help the life of someone that needs it.

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Wendy Whitehead worked as a teaching assistant at two special needs schools in London before embarking on a different career as a marketing consultant. Her passion for special education still remains with her however. She is passionate about mental health and well-being and she write articles in this areas. Wendy did her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Leicester. 

 



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