One thing that we are now sure of, is the ability of cannabis to treat wildly different symptoms, associated with dozens of unique medical conditions. Many people, however, are still unaware of how the plant actually accomplishes this. For this reason, we’re addressing exactly how marijuana affects the systems of the body and produces such a wide range of medical benefits.
How Marijuana Affects the Systems of the Body
It’s important to understand that each of the systems below, rely on one another to keep the body functioning optimally. If one system is not functioning properly, all of the other systems will begin to suffer. Marijuana acts as a buffer, to help these systems function as they should and keep you healthy & happy!
The marijuana plant itself is made up of hundreds of different elements. The elements mainly responsible for the medicinal benefits are called cannabinoids. Chances are that you’ve heard of the two most popular cannabinoids: THC and CBD.
These components produce a lot of the effects on their own, but they each have several “off-shoots” that work to produce their own effects, as well. Of course, when these elements work together (entourage effect) the benefits can be even greater!
CBD is an anti-ischemic, meaning that it can reduce the risk of arterial blockage, thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!
CBD and THC will work together in the circulatory system to increase blood flow to the brain. This will keep you strong, balanced, focused, energized, and clear-headed!
THCv, a relative to THC, will act as an appetite suppressant. This will come in handy if you’re trying to lose weight.
THC on the other hand, often acts as an appetite stimulant which is especially helpful to those suffering from eating disorder, or nausea from chemotherapy treatment.
CBD will reduce contractions in the small intestine, helping you to absorb more nutrients. When you suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s Disease, your small intestine may contract too quickly. This will usually result in loose, watery stool. Therefore, CBD can help reduce symptoms associated with these diseases.
Endocrine System and Immune Response
CBD and CBG will work together to slow, or even kill bacteria growth within the body, greatly reducing the risk of infection and illness. CBG will also treat fungal infections like Athlete’s foot or Ringworm.
CBD has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels, making it extremely beneficial to people who have been diagnosed as Diabetic. CBD can also treat skin conditions such as Psoriasis.
Muscular and Skeletal System
The cannabinoids CBD, CBG, CBC, and THCv, promote bone growth. This is extremely beneficial to patients suffering from Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
CBD, CBN, and THC can reduce muscle spasms associated with disease like Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
One of the most common uses for medical marijuana is to reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body. THC, CBD, and CBC can work on their own to accomplish this, but may be even more beneficial when used together.
CBN and THC can oftentimes help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
CBD and THCv will reduce seizures associated with Epilepsy, as well as uncontrollable convulsions.
Another one of the most common patient requests for medical marijuana is to treat general stress and anxiety. CBD has proven itself to be highly-effective at reducing these symptoms.
Bonus: Whole Body Relief and Protection
Perhaps the most astounding benefit of marijuana is that THC, CBD, CBC, and CBG all have the ability to inhibit growth of tumors and reduce the spread of cancer cells.
Last, but certainly not least, THC, CBD, CBN, and CBC share the ability to reduce or eliminate pain throughout the body.
Amazingly enough, the benefits above don’t even cover all of the potential medicinal properties of this amazing plant!
Often times, when we think of medical marijuana, we picture it treating conditions like anxiety, depression, etc… Surprisingly enough, some people even utilize marijuana for weight loss! While cannabis is usually associated with increasing appetite, it can actually be quite beneficial as a weight loss method.
The American Journal of Medicine performed a study that showed regular marijuana use led to lower levels of fasting insulin and decreased belly fat. Your body normally gets its energy from the food that you eat. Fasting lowers insulin levels, forcing the body to pull its energy from stored fat, instead. Marijuana use lowers insulin levels which allows the body to shed excess weight, especially around the abdominal area.
Back in 2011, another study was conducted by the American Journal of Epidemiology. It found that obesity rates are actually 33% lower in people who use marijuana regularly. Furthermore, using marijuana will also reduce stress & cortisol levels, aiding in the reduction of belly fat.
Different Strains, Drastically Different Outcomes
Not all strains of marijuana will decrease appetite, so if your goal is to lose weight, make sure you pick one that will not cause you to get the munchies!
Certain Sativa strains will not only suppress appetite, but they’ll also provide you with energy and focus. Sativa strains can include CBD and THC. CBD is mainly responsible for the energy boost, which makes it a great pre-workout option. Additionally, it can reduce pain which can help you have a better workout too!
In terms of weight loss, specific Sativa strains that contain a version of THC called THCV, can reduce appetite and improve digestion.
If you, or someone you know is looking to lose weight for health reasons, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online. This will allow you to speak with one of our licensed physicians and see if medical marijuana is right for you!
There are dozens of medical conditions and illnesses that marijuana has successfully treated. From anxiety, to the side effects of cancer treatment, or sleep disorders, to PTSD, marijuana seems to be able to do it all. This leaves us wondering, is there anything that it can’t do? In this article, we’re asking the question, “Can marijuana treat Parkinson’s Disease?
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
This is a permanent, nervous system condition, that typically gets significantly worse over time. Common symptoms include changes in posture, tremors, stiffness, slowed cognition, and movement/speech difficulties. While the disease itself is not fatal, it can produce fatal complications.
How is it Typically Treated?
Often times, Parkinson’s Disease symptoms are commonly treated with prescription medications. Although these drugs are usually helpful, they can produce a wide range of negative side effects including but not limited to:
- ankle swelling
- skin conditions
- involuntary movements
- memory problems
- liver damage
- problems urinating
Can Marijuana Treat Parkinson’s Disease?
Medical marijuana has proven itself to effectively manage symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. These benefits include:
- pain relief
- reduced tremors
- better sleep quality
- more ease in movement
- boost in mood and positivity
Furthermore, these benefits are widely provided by the muscle relaxant and analgesic effects of the plant.
For instance, one study conducted back in 2014, concluded that all 22 participants experienced a significant decrease in pain & tremors, within 30 minutes of smoking marijuana. They also experienced an improvement in sleep quality.
It’s important to note that medical marijuana, specifically THC, can produce side effects like:
- impaired thinking and movement
- memory problems
- mood changes
While a few of these are similar to that of the prescription medications, they are rare, temporary, and much less severe. Studies are currently ongoing, but the results so far are very promising.
If you think medical marijuana can help you and are interested in becoming a marijuana doctor patient, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online, with one of our licensed physicians.
Do you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep at night? According to the United States Institute of Health, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from different sleep disorders. A large portion of these people treat their conditions with prescription medication, but these drugs can create more problems than solutions. For this reason, we’ve made a list of the most common sleep disorders that you can treat with medical marijuana.
Sleep Disorders that You Can Treat with Medical Marijuana
1. Sleep Apnea
This is a quite common condition that causes the person to stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time. Sleep Apnea interrupts the body’s oxygen flow, causing you to feel groggy and unfocused the following day. Medical Marijuana can actually reduce sleep apnea in the short-term. Furthermore, there are no negative side effects associated with the treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms of Insomnia include: difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, drowsiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, trouble focusing, and increased accidents/errors. CBD can treat Insomnia and it’s symptoms. Studies looking into THC as treatment for Insomnia are ongoing, however, researchers believe it may have negative effects on sleep if used long term.
3. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
This rare condition can cause you to act out your dreams while you sleep. People that suffer from this disorder will move, walk, or even have a conversation while they’re sleeping. According to researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, CBD has proven itself to be quite an effective method for treating the symptoms associated with this disorder.
This condition will cause the sufferer to feel extremely sleepy during the day, even after a nap or a full night’s sleep. Patients diagnosed with this disorder can possibly find relief with medical cannabis, as certain strains of the plant will boost alertness, stimulate the mind, and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
This condition causes you to experience irresistible urges to move your legs. These urges usually occur when in the sitting or lying position, which is why it manifests itself at night time. It’s no surprise that this condition can greatly reduce the quality of your sleep. Studies on cannabis treating RLS are still on going, however current results are quite promising. An investigation that was published in Sleep Medicine, found that medical marijuana effectively treated RLS symptoms in 6 patients.
If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, or believe that you may suffer from any other illness that medical marijuana may be able to treat, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online, today.