There are many, many reasons to turn to cannabis for health. As the legality of cannabis and hemp products evolves, so does the amount of research available. Thankfully, we’re trending in a positive direction. Whether you’re curious about the mental or physical benefits of using cannabis, we’re here to provide some insight.
Cannabis for mental health
Cannabis and the mind. Each is complex in its own right, and the interactions between the two are cause for constant study. However, there are many benefits to talking to your healthcare provider about cannabis for mental health. Below, we discuss some positive applications of cannabis for mental health as well as some things to be aware of.
What are the benefits of cannabis for your mind?
Cannabis can yield positive results for individuals with symptoms of some of the heaviest mental health conditions — depression, PTSD, and social anxiety. These conditions are extremely complex and hard to treat. Furthermore, mental and physical health are intrinsically linked. So there are often other physical disorders associated with mental health issues, such as digestive illness, skin conditions, and more. Available medications often have a host of negative side effects or, at the very least, are very hard to acclimate to. Though cannabis certainly requires some trial-and-error, more and more people are finding relief with it and its derivatives, like delta 8 THC. You may also be interested in our post, What is Delta 8 THC?
How does THC affect the brain?
We’d be wrong to suggest that cannabis use doesn’t come along with side effects. With any substance, there are risks and rewards. Of course, it’s possible to limit your risks by using cannabis products as responsibly or as prescribed. Here’s more about how THC affects the brain in both the short-term and long-term.
Cannabis for physical health
The uses of cannabis in our physical world (and for our physical health) are seemingly neverending. Granted, cannabis and hemp are practically synonymous — and this ancient plant has been used for thousands of years. However, we should note that different varieties of the hemp plant are grown to fulfill different purposes. But, as science evolves and we’re able to both isolate and tap into the powers of different breeds, cannabinoids, and components, we’re only going to see an increase in functionality.
What are the benefits of cannabis for your body?
Cannabis, when inhaled, or even applied topically, can have pain-relieving effects. It is also naturally anti-inflammatory, making it potentially helpful for hard-to-treat conditions like arthritis. Many people who cannot find relief from nausea or have issues with their appetite due to other conditions also often find success with cannabis. One of the most amazing applications, still being studied, is the use of cannabis for seizures. Scientists have already made significant headway, of course, as there is already a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved cannabinoid drug, Epidiolex for epilepsy — safe for even children.
How does THC affect the body?
Naturally, as THC affects your brain, it also affects your body. Depending on which strain you choose or how much you consume, as well as your body system, in particular, you can be affected in different ways. For example, Indica strains are known to give users a body-centric high that leaves them feeling extremely relaxed, even lethargic. Sativa strains, on the other hand, can be more cerebral.
Consult a professional
Though we love to talk about all things THC here on Direct THC Online (and we know quite a bit, too), it’s important to discuss cannabis use with a health professional. He or she can guide you specifically toward specific products or treatment plans if they make sense. The more open and honest you are about your concerns and your goals, the more likely you’ll be on the right path.