Cannabis has always been a substance of the mystics. Despite its prevalence in multiple civilizations, we’re only just scratching the surface in our understanding of the plant. Why is it that despite the ancient Assyrians, Chinese, Indians, and Japanese using the plant for medicinal, aromatic, spiritual, and material reasons, we find it difficult to regulate, legalize and consume this wonder plant without side effects?
To put it in simple terms, the chemical compounds in the cannabis plant vary due to multiple factors that may not be in the farmer’s control. Hundreds of powerful chemicals with distinct medicinal potential are inside each cannabis plant. Mainly, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that make up the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most studied and well-known cannabinoids. You may have seen CBD products in the form of oils, gummy bears, beverages, and other items used for medicinal purposes. THC, on the other hand, is the component responsible for the “high” that many people associate with cannabis.
Adding to it all is the fact that the plant is gendered. The female plant is desirable, but how can one tell from the seeds? Well, hope remains. Cultivators have been experimenting with mixes like runtz, which has a controlled ratio of Sativa 35%/Indica 65%, and as a feminized plant, it will flower and give out sweet-smelling buds. If you live in liberal lands with legalized cannabis laws, this is the perfect seed for you to grow. With its high THC potency levels, quick flowering time, and resistance to weather fluctuations, it is a green jackpot.
Okay, so that’s been covered; next, we’ll dive into the top 3 benefits of the plant. Yes, three is a small number, but we picked out very powerful reasons!
#1. Helps With Pain Management
Cannabis plants have been used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda by ancient Indian physicians and Chinese herb dispensers. However, modern research remains inconsistent mainly due to standard variations of the plants used. This prompts the question of its pain-relieving qualities, and so we turn to its users for answers.
According to studies, cannabis may not directly reduce pain levels, but it appears to modify the emotional response to the physical experience. This is an interesting notion. This is a common theme in the accounts of those who use cannabis to cope with pain and carry on with their daily lives. It has consistently shown results for arthritis pain relief when used in the form of CBD oil, and ladies, it does wonders for your cramps during your menstrual cycle!
Furthermore, it helps with neuropathic pains like Multiple Sclerosis and injuries such as herniated discs. Depending on the form of usage, it either cuts off pain stimulators at the source or the destination, i.e., the brain.
It has also proven its worth with PTSD, and most doctors agree that trauma is a form of pain as well.
#2. Controls Muscle Spasms
Marijuana has proven to have a positive effect on various types of muscle spasms as well.
Myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter (also known as Leeuwenhoek’s Disease) is a disorder in which abdominal muscle spasming is not only uncomfortable but also makes it difficult to breathe and speak. Medicinal marijuana has been used by patients as a treatment for this ailment because other drugs are ineffective unless taken in dangerous doses. The diaphragm’s muscles relax almost immediately after smoking marijuana, calming the assaults.
The same goes for patients suffering from dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. New studies have shown incredible results for back spasms as well! It won’t eradicate your want to hit the spa, but it may reduce your need to get a massage.
#3. Enter the World of Hemp
Yes, we are aware that the mention of hemp will drastically increase the number of benefits — but would you have been satisfied with just three benefits?
Hemp refers to cannabis with a THC content of less than 0.3 percent by dry weight. It has been estimated that hemp was first cultivated around 2800 BCE. Hemp cultivation extended to the Mediterranean countries and further east from Chile, where it was initially developed.
Generally speaking, hemp comes in two varieties: fiber and oil.
In order to separate the hemp fibers from the woody stalks, numerous procedures are used, including retting (soaking in water to soften the stalks), drying, crushing, and a shaking process. This is generally then used to make clothes, bags, and building materials, and some parts of the resin may even be used in shampoos and other cosmetics.
On the other hand, Hemp seed oil may be used to manufacture a range of items, including varnishes, paint, and soap. Additionally, hemp seeds are abundant in Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are both good for you. Hemp seeds are considered a superfood because of their high nutritional value and plenty of plant-based protein.
Other uses include:
- Biodegradable plastics and polymers
- Baby diapers
- Animal food
Alright, so we went a little overboard. What can we say? The cannabis plant is just that good! Many people find themselves grasping at straws to alleviate their physical and mental problems. A solution to this is to consult a cannabis-certified doctor and get yourself the right medication. Please ensure that you live in a country and state where the laws permit the usage of Cannabis. The last thing this community need is more heat for illegal substance abuse. So enjoy it legally!