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5 undeniable proofs that you may need Cannabis

While several clinical trials are still underway to prove the effects of medical cannabis, there's no denying that this complex plant has been used for many centuries to cure several human ailments as discussed here. Better still, it's gratifying to note that while FDA hasn't yet recognized it as medicine, it has approved several drugs containing cannabis to treat among others epilepsy and nausea.

While many see Cannabis as a natural herb with immense beneficial potentials for human health, critics tend to point at the lack of medical proofs substantiating its comprehensiveness.

On whichever side you may fall, the utility of cannabis in our day-to-day health issues has been gaining currency from anecdotal evidence and the limited ongoing studies.

In this article, we are going to discuss why you need Cannabis to make your life better through five points.

1. Cannabis can help treat pain and inflammation 

Pain, strain, and swelling are some of the common annoyances that most of us face in our day-to-day lives. Not only do these issues cause physical discomfort, but they also disrupt your personal and professional lives. 

Studies suggest that nerves that are responsible for pain sensations have several receptors for cannabinoids. Cannabinoids can block such pain by engaging with the cannabinoid receptors.

Much like CBD, it has also proved effective in treating several kinds of pain, body aches and other neuropathic issues. Effective in treating both nociceptive and neuropathic pain, CBD can also be helpful for sciatica nerve pain.

Besides managing pain, its can also help improve bone health and prevent critical diseases like Osteoporosis.

2. Cannabis can control anxiety and improve your mood

In both personal and professional spheres, we go through a lot of stress, which is subsequently detrimental to our mental wellbeing.

This is where Cannabinoids comes in, by interacting with our adenosine and serotonin receptors to reduce stress and enhance our mood and cognitive functions.

According to several studies, Cannabis compounds like CBD is capable of making people feel relaxed by providing a soothing effect. You can try this out for yourself by buying readymade Cannabis products.

3. Cannabis can improve nutrition and energy

In our busy lifestyle, we often fail to stick to a proper diet and workout schedule. While a bad eating routine affects our nutrition levels, lack of physical exercise reduces our stamina, resulting in weak health. Cannabinoids contain many essential nutrients like protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, iron, etc. 

Further research indicates that Cannabis compounds like CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, and are said to play crucial roles in food consumption and metabolism. Therefore, CBD can help to maintain proper appetite and metabolism. 

Due to their pain-management abilities, Canabbis can help users recover faster after a workout. It is said to be more effective when two cannabinoids, THC and CBD, are used together.

4. Cannabis helps you to have proper sleep

Whether it is injuries, muscle strains, or any psychological disturbances, our sleep quota can get affected in any problematic situations. Lack of adequate sleep has a bearing on our productivity and our behavior. 

Besides improving our overall health, cannabinoids like CBD assists us in getting proper sleep, all thanks to Cannabis’s ability to directly engage with the receptors in our brain, making us calmer and restful.

Related study: Some studies support the idea that Canabbis triggers the increased released of endorphins in the brain, the same way that running changes your mind wiring.

As you may have heard before, having a night of adequate sleep is vital for our health as it boosts muscle growth, reduces stress, and improves our hormonal balance and immunity.

5. Cannabis might reduce drug-dependence and control addiction           

To quickly get out of our physical and mental woes, we often fall for over-the-counter drugs or powerful opioids like morphine and codeine.

When these fail to give results, many people move towards addictive substances like heroin to relieve themselves of their excruciating troubles. Such drugs will no doubt bring along a lot of side effects in the long run. 

As a tried and tested strategy for treating addiction, the use of Cannabinoids like CBD has been touted by experts when it comes to helping ease addiction to dangerous drugs such as cocaine and opioids.

Cannabis can help to make people relaxed, thus restricting them from going back to their old habits.

The quick response time of Cannabis compounds also does away with the need for extreme medications by providing relief when needed the most. Moreover, it works without any side-effects.

The legal aspect of cannabis in S.Africa

The legalization of Cannabis has been a matter of controversy for years. Since the research on Cannabis compounds is still developing, there are restrictions on the medicinal use of most cannabinoids.

However, in 2019 the Minister of Health in South Africa signed into effect the new legislation permitting the sale and distribution of low dose CBD products to the public.

This came a year after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances in 2018.

In 2018, the United States Anti-Doping Agency also legalized CBD that contains 0.3% of THC or less.

Conclusion: Cannabis effect on our health

We all need remedies that can get rid of our physical and mental troubles without hurting our long term health.

Cannabis has a massive potential as a natural substance to take care of most of our health issues. Moreover, we can consume cannabis in various ways, such as oil, pills, gummies, vapes, drinks, lotions, etc.

Its ability to provide instant relief gives it an added advantage since sufferers of pain or anxiety require quick aid. However, if you are taking any other medication, you’ll need to consult your doctor before.

If safe to do so, make sure you read the ingredient label and dosage instructions before use.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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