The use of medical marijuana has significantly increased in both Canada and the United States in recent years. The taboo surrounding it is only going to continue to disappear as more citizens begin to accept it as a safe and effective form of treatment for myriad disorders and diseases. It’s an all-natural remedy with fewer side effects and a lowered risk of addiction, making it an attractive alternative to nasty pharmaceuticals that often do more harm than good.
Though in the past patients were only prescribed dried cannabis as treatment in Canada, the government has recently approved other forms of marijuana for medical uses as well, including edibles and cannabis oil.
If you’re considering switching forms due to this new law and are looking to learn more about oil’s health benefits, keep reading.
1. Reduced Stress and Anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety or chronic stress in your day-to-day life, your quality of life is surely suffering. Such overwhelming feelings can make it difficult for sufferers to perform simple tasks like going to work, making new friends, going to social gatherings, or attending school. Cannabis oil is an excellent form of relief from these often debilitating feelings. It minimizes the stress receptors located in the basolateral amygdala and hippocampus. It relaxes the mind and releases pleasure hormones, resulting in a peaceful and calming feeling taking over the body.
2. Sleep Aid
Millions of people suffer from insomnia, for a variety of reasons. Not getting enough sleep can significantly impact your life. It can make it dangerous to operate a car or other machinery; it can increase your risk of errors at work; it can make it hard to concentrate; it can make you irritable; and so much more. Though some people choose to self-medicate with alcohol or allergy pills, using cannabis oil is a far better choice. This natural cure has been proven to have calming effects that help insomnia sufferers sleep peacefully and deeply while relieving issues of restlessness.
3. Appetite Enhancer
For many patients suffering from illnesses, like eating disorders, or recovering from injuries, it can be difficult to gain weight. For others, like patients undergoing chemotherapy or feeling the side effects of harsh pharmaceuticals, the thought of food and eating could be repulsive; they simply can’t make themselves eat. Unfortunately, this can have a significantly negative effect on the body—and in some cases, it can cause death. Cannabis oil can help increase appetite. It induces hunger and stimulates the digestive system as it prompts the release of hormones that promote hunger.
4. Pain Reduction
One of the most common reasons people use cannabis oil is for pain reduction. In fact, this oil has been used for millions of years around the world as a natural pain-relieving substance. Those suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, arthritis, nerve pain, inflammation, and many other types of chronic and debilitating pain can significantly benefit from using this oil.
5. Cancer Preventer
The biggest, and most exciting, health benefit of cannabis oil comes from its possible anticancer properties. Not only does it help cancer patients with nausea, insomnia, lack of appetite, and pain, but promising research has shown that it may alsodecrease the size of cancerous tumours and inhibit the growth of tumour cells by modulating cell-signaling pathways. The best results have been seen when the oil composition is 1:1; that is, an equal amount of CBD and THC.
Though it shouldn’t be used instead of aggressive radiation therapy and chemotherapy, it could be a great addition to cancer patients’ treatment plans or when traditional therapy is not an option or has been terminated. Though this oil shouldn’t be touted as a miracle cure just yet, it has shown promise in preventing cancer growth that should be further explored.