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!
Can you overdose on CBD? This is a question that many new medical marijuana users ask, and it’s a great one. Before we answer the question, we’re going to look at what CBD is and how it affects you.
There are over 100 different compounds in the cannabis plant, one of the most popular being Cannabidiol (CBD). The main difference between CBD and the other main compound, THC, is that THC produces the classic “high” that is associated with marijuana. Both of these compounds exhibit many symptom relieving characteristics, however.
CBD and THC produce their effects by interacting with the body’s built-in endocannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in practically every major organ of the body. CBD can bind to these receptors, but it can’t activate them. THC binds to them and activates them (which is how it produces a high.)
No Lethal Overdose
Studies have shown that daily consumption of high doses (1500 mg) of CBD, have been proven to be well-tolerated by humans. There have been no reports of lethal overdose on this natural, non-toxic substance.
Prescription drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin, and opioids such as heroin, are some of the most abused drugs out there. Prescription drugs can produce side effects that are worse than the symptoms they’re treating. Illegal drugs are abused by people who can’t find relief anywhere else.
CBD (and THC, for that matter) can treat your symptoms without the risk associated with narcotics and opioids.
People suffering from depression can experience suicidal thoughts. Prescription drugs with a lethal limit can become a dangerous temptation for these people. Having access to CBD can not only treat symptoms but also keep these patients from making life-altering decisions.
Those suffering from chronic pain, may find themselves taking more medication than they should. For this reason, overdose and death may occur. CBD is non-addictive and can relieve your chronic pain.
Patients diagnosed with panic disorder or anxiety are usually prescribed a benzodiazepine. These drugs will calm or sedate a person. Sometimes people suffering from severe anxiety disorder will combine benzodiazepines with opioids. As a result, this can produce fatal consequences. CBD will reduce anxious feelings and help you to relax, safely!
So, can you overdose on CBD? No! Unlike most prescription drugs, you cannot overdose on this natural substance. This means that you can get the relief you need, without worrying about any gnarly side effects.
Are you currently taking one or more prescription drugs? Did you know that CBD may be able to treat your symptoms? We’re sharing the top 5 reasons to switch to CBD instead. It should go without saying, but just in case… you should always speak with a doctor before changing your medication. Our licensed, certified physicians are always here to help you!
1. Fewer Pills
The amount of symptoms and illnesses that CBD can relieve seems to grow as each day passes. This wide variety may very well provide the opportunity for you to replace many of the pills you currently take.
2. Decreased Risk of Nasty Side Effects
Most prescription drugs come with mild side effects but some can produce pretty severe side effects, including but not limited to allergic reaction, suicidal thoughts & tendencies, internal bleeding, blood clots, cardiac arrest, and even death. Eliminating some of these prescription drugs and replacing your therapy with CBD can save you from some, if not all of these awful side effects. It’s important to note that CBD has no known side effects, itself.
Prescription drugs are some of the most addictive substances out there, all too often leading to overdose and death. CBD has the unique ability to treat the same symptoms (sometimes even more effectively) without risking potential addiction.
There is no lethal dose of CBD. This means that it’s impossible for you to overdose, thus making it safe for people of all ages (children, adults, seniors) and even pets!
5. Highly Effective
Even though medical marijuana is considered to be an “alternative medicine”, it interacts with the body systems (endocrine and nervous) that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This gives it the ability to offer relief to both body and mind, just as prescription drugs can. Studies on the effectiveness and success of CBD are ongoing, but current research and patient testimony proves that it is a truly viable option.
If you are currently taking prescription drugs, and are curious as to whether or not your illness can be treated with CBD, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online with one of our certified physicians.
As you may know, marijuana has the ability to treat a plethora of different symptoms and diseases. Symptoms like depression and chronic pain, are two of the most common causes of suicide. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates.
Common Causes of Suicide
Suicide is one of those things that is difficult for many people to understand. It’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone that has once contemplated it. Many explanations have been given, but 2 stick out as the most prominent.
Depression is the leading cause of suicide. Often times, the person who is suffering has tried many different outlets, to no avail. In their mind, suicide is the last option for relief. One of the most important things that you must understand, no matter how difficult life may be, is that there is ALWAYS another way. Marijuana relieves depression, by boosting mood and positivity. It is most definitely worth a try, if you are experiencing these feelings.
Chronic pain has also led to many suicides. Much like depression, people experiencing chronic pain see no other way out. Marijuana has the ability to relieve this pain as well, by interacting with the receptors in the brain. Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain even though they produce a slew of negative side effects. Medical marijuana on the other hand, relieves pain but does not produce the same negative side effects.
In an attempt to understand the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates, several studies have been conducted.
One study administered 3 years after medical marijuana laws were passed concluded that the suicide rate for men in their 20’s and 30’s decreased by 10%.
States with access to medical marijuana have also seen a 25% drop in opiate overdose deaths as well as alcohol related deaths.
While these numbers may seem small, they are actually quite significant. If marijuana can save just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?
Access to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana has proven itself to be a viable treatment option for these symptoms, and many others at that. This miracle drug has saved lives, and will continue to save more in the future as medical marijuana becomes more accessible
If You Need Help…
Call the Suicide National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
“Suicide is never the answer, but medical marijuana may be.”
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from depression, chronic pain or any other symptoms for that matter, schedule your free consultation, today!