Cannabis or marijuana has gained significant popularity lately. Its existence is also considered illegal and is included in illegal drugs, but on the other hand, plants that also thrive in Indonesia are drugs that have quite a lot of positive benefits.
However, even though its use is not always dangerous, marijuana can affect your body and mind anytime when it enters the body. Cannabis comes from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. It has an active ingredient called THC, which makes you feel drunk or high. THC and other ingredients in marijuana can also affect your body’s performance.
Most people dry-smoke marijuana leaves, flowers, stem, and seeds before smoking them as either a roll or with a bong. However, cannabis can also be mixed into food (such as brownies, cookies, even traditional dishes like curry), brewed as tea, or inhaled with a vaporizer.
Quoted from WebMD, marijuana actually possesses health benefits. Dustin Sulak, DO, is a doctor who researches and makes medical marijuana. Sulak recommended several types of cannabis to his patients and saw surprising results. The patients with chronic pain experienced improvement and needed fewer prescription drugs ever since. The others who have multiple sclerosis had fewer muscle spasm episodes than before. Patients with severe intestinal inflammation began to be able to eat again.
Four Varieties That Are Used for Medical Treatments
In the United States alone, four types of marijuana have been allowed to be produced for medicinal or medical purposes, namely:
- Marinol and Cesamet: these two drugs are used to treat nausea and loss of appetite related to chemotherapy and in patients with AIDS. This strain is another form of THC, which is the main ingredient of marijuana which gives a high taste. Both of these drugs were FDA approved in the 1980s.
- Epidiolex: This drug is used in children with epilepsy and the FDA legalized it in 2013. However, it is still strictly prohibited for general use.
- Sativex: is currently being clinically tested in the United States and is a drug to treat breast cancer. It is a combination of chemicals contained in cannabis plants and sprayed into the mouth. Sativex was approved in more than 20 countries to deal with muscle spasms from MS and cancer.
Health Benefits of Marijuana
As reported by Business Insider, marijuana has several benefits for health.
- Treating Glaucoma
Cannabis can be used to treat and prevent eye glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damages the optic nerve, and causes loss of vision. Cannabis reduces the stress on the eyes.
Based on research conducted by the National Eye Institute in the early 1970s, people who burn marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and people with glaucoma. The effect of marijuana can slow down the process of this disease while preventing blindness.
- Increasing lung capacity
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana did not damage lung function and could even increase lung capacity. In the study, the researchers took samples from 5,115 young adults for approximately 20 years. Tobacco smokers lost their lung function during this time, but marijuana users showed an increase in lung capacity.
- Preventing seizures in epileptic patients
A study conducted in 2003 showed that marijuana could prevent seizures due to epilepsy. Robert J. DeLorenzo, from Virginia Commonwealth University, provides synthetic marijuana and marijuana extracts in epilepsy mice. This marijuana drug is given to mice that have seizures for 10 hours. THC, one of the active cannabinoids in the plant, controls seizures by holding active brain cells to control stimulation and regulate relaxation.
- Potential Cancer Killers
The content in cannabidiol can stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1, in a study conducted by researchers from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, which was reported in 2007. In many cases, it is believed that marijuana can kill cells other cancer cells.
You Can Home-Grow the Plant
Hemp legalization is followed by a series of biological innovations that can facilitate users to grow the plants in their home. You can even get certification for your cannabis-growing skill, and make additional income from selling wholesale. This industry is thriving now, and if you can make your way to get involved, you will have a bright future.
Besides, manufacturing your own cbd products allows you to control its quality. General manufacturers may taint the oil with contaminants and impurities, and such quality may alter the chemical structures of the substance.