5 Benefits of Cannabis You Might Not Know About

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If you’ve read anything on the medicinal benefits of marijuana, you probably know that some medicinal users celebrate the plant for its potential ability to tackle pain from arthritis and insomnia. If you dug a bit deeper, you might have been surprised by some anecdotal evidence from research that points to cannabis’ potential promise in the medication of mood disorders, multiple sclerosis, and even asthma. This week, we’re taking a look at five other possible benefits of cannabis.

1. Autism

The evidence for managing autism with cannabis is largely anecdotal – not many studies have been done on the topic, presumably due to children being the primary focus. However, some parents have spoken up about managing their children with cannabis. They claim it calms anger, improves behavioral concerns, eases pain, and enables their kids to concentrate and interact. More advocates for this angle of research and care speak up every day. (Sources: Tech Times, Merry Jane)

2. Repairing broken bones

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CBD (cannabidiol) can expedite the healing process in broken bones

According to a study taking place in Israel (a leader in medical marijuana research, by the way), the findings suggest broken bones may heal more quickly, and stronger, when CBD is administered during the healing process.

The CBD enhances something called the “collagenous matrix,” which in turn encourages “new mineralization of bone tissue.” While these studies have taken place on rats, not humans, the results are promising enough for further investigation. (Source: HealthLine)

3. Eczema

If you suffer from eczema – which is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that result in dry, itchy skin, redness, blisters, and inflammation – you might be pleased to learn cannabis topicals might potentially help alleviate the symptoms. Some medicinal users say an infused salve or balm has the potential to relieve centralized pain, lessen inflammation, lower stress levels that could exacerbate outbreaks, and calm the immune system whose over-activity may be causing your reaction.

According to the anecdotal evidence, cannabis can possibly do all this, with none of the mental “high” for which it is known. Just remember: if a skin condition is your concern, avoid smoking your medicine, as this can do your skin more harm than good. (Source: Optiderma)

4. Eating disorders

If you’ve ever tried marijuana and found yourself desperately searching the house for cookies, you might not be surprised to learn some medical professionals recommend cannabis to encourage appetite in people struggling with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. The scientific reason behind this benefit lies in the brain.

Scientists have previously posed that anorexia and bulimia are caused by imbalances in brain chemistry, specifically in the “insula”, which is responsible for linking emotions with actions such as eating. When this part of the brain isn’t balanced, we might not derive the pleasures from food that we should or, alternately, we might mistake certain strong emotions as signs that we should be eating, and consume more than we need.

5. Rebalance Chemistry

There is some evidence that the body’s amazing, multifaceted endocannabinoid system – which pairs up with the cannabinoid compounds in marijuana and facilitates every healing process in the plant’s arsenal – is connected to this brain chemistry. As a result, some anecdotal evidence suggest certain cannabinoids can potentially help re-balance that chemistry. (Source: Psychology Today)

Want to learn more about the benefits of cannabis? This list by Green Flower explores lots of ways cannabis can help, not only with your well-being but economically and in your day-to-day life, as well! Just remember to do your research beyond any bullet-point list – cannabis works for different people in different ways, but always look further into the points that catch your interest, to make sure it is right for you.

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