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!