By Rachel Garland
Do we really need THC – the most widely recognized component of cannabis?
This is the same compound that produces the “high” in cannabis. It has generated more than its fair share of critics, and many believe that THC has no medicinal value at all.
Yet, science has demonstrated this is far from the case.
THC in conjuction with other cannabinoids has shown to help people deal with mental and physical ailments.
Not to mention many people find THC-rich products – when taken at just the right dosage – to be an effective supplement towards their everyday health.
Just check out these 8 health benefits of THC.
#1.) Provides Pain Relief
Pain relief is one of the top medical benefits of THC, and I’ll tell you why…
More than 1.5 billion people worldwide live with chronic pain. Many of these individuals suffer from neuropathic pain, or nerve-related pain.
THC is a natural compound and infinitely safer than prescription painkillers.
Studies show that THC activates pathways in the central nervous system that block pain signals from being sent to the brain.
Even an FDA-approved trial in 2013 confirmed THC’s effectiveness for pain relief. Individuals experiencing neuropathic pain were given low doses of THC (1.29%) in the form of vaporized cannabis. The results?
“A low dose of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity when compared to placebo.”
While clinical research continues to be restricted due to cannabis’s regretful status as a schedule one controlled substance – it is clear that a positive correlation exists between THC and pain relief.
#2.) Eases Nausea & Vomiting
Did you know that a FDA-approved THC pill (Marinol) for treating nausea and vomiting in cancer patients has been around since the 1980s?
In fact, Marinol has been marketed as a pharmaceutical alternative to cannabis.
However, while Marinol does contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound is both synthetic and isolated. Which means that it pales in comparison to the chemical compounds found in natural, whole-plant cannabis.
Marinol does not include beneficial components such as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
Interestingly, a study in 1995 revealed that oral doses of THC-8, a cannabinoid like the regular THC but with lower psychotropic effects, were an effective treatment for children suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea. The only side effects found was slight irritability.
Considering that other nausea medications such as Zofran can lead to side effects like: diarrhea, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, muscle spasms, rash, fever, and constipation just to name a few.
THC-based therapies are a much safer option.
#3.) Protects Brain Cells
One of the biggest cannabis myths is that it kills brain cells. Science shows otherwise.
Reefer madness led a lot of people to believe that cannabis consumption kills brain cells. However, the reality is this could not be further from the truth.
While most drugs are neurotoxic, THC is considered to be neuroprotectant. Which means that it actually protects brain cells from damage.
Here’s a mind-blowing example a study in 2014 found that people with THC in their systems were 80 percent less likely to die from traumatic head injuries than those without.
#4.) Effective Sleep Aid
Have trouble sleeping? Research shows that THC health benefits play a role here as well.
Trials in the 1970s found that oral doses of THC helped insomniacs fall asleep faster. And that’s not all. Recent research suggests THC may also improve breathing while reducing sleep interruptions.
Great news for those suffering from conditions such as sleep apnea!
#5.) Helps Treat PTSD
It’s estimated that 8 percent of Americans (24.4 million people) currently suffer from PTSD. To put things into perspective, this number is equal to the size of Texas.
PTSD can include symptoms such as agitation, severe anxiety, depression insomnia, nightmares, and social isolation – it can be a crippling condition.
Yet, THC has shown to be a highly effective treatment option. Some psychiatrist say that THC-rich cannabis is the only treatment. In fact, studies have confirmed that THC eases a variety of PTSD-related symptoms including agitation, depression insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares.
This means that for those suffering from PTSD, they can finally get the peaceful sleep they need to heal and regain balance in their lives. All they need is access to safe cannabis and guidance on how to best implement it into their lives.
#6.) Promotes Brain Growth
Believe it or not, the medical benefits of THC for the brain may be even bigger than we thought. Not only does THC protect brain cells, it also stimulates brain growth.
How does it work?
THC activates the “CB1 receptor” in our brains. This stimulation promotes a process known as long-term potentiation which improves the brain’s ability to learn.
Scientists also discovered that like CBD, THC causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow.
Some research even suggests that THC can protect spatial memories.
This is why small doses of cannabis can treat or even prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
If that weren’t enough, we also have a study showing people with THC in their systems are 80% more likely to survive head trauma!
#7.) Increases Appetite
Cannabis can also help you digest your meals through increased gastrointestinal motility.
Conditions such as HIV, eating disorders, hepatitis, and dementia can lead to a loss of appetite. Over time, this can result in severe malnourishment or even death. THC is known for increasing appetite.
Researchers have found that THC interacts with the same type of receptors in the hypothalamus that release the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. In fact, THC can even make food taste better.
While some have written off these effects as a case of the “munchies” there is something much more profound going on here.
With the right approach, THC hunger-inducing effects can dramatically improve quality of life. And in some cases, even save lives.
#8.) Enhances Senses
You may not consider on other THC health benefits, but hear me out…
Many people have steered away from THC due to its psychoactive effects.
In fact, a lot of prohibitionists claim this is what makes cannabis so “dangerous” in the first place.
However, people have been enjoying the psychoactive components of the cannabis plant for thousands of years.
Cultures across the globe incorporated the plant in spiritual ceremonies and rituals for this very purpose.
While the psychoactive effects of THC may not agree with everyone, that doesn’t mean we all should steer clear.
Especially given that it is impossible to fatally overdose on THC.
Cannabis used with intention and the right dosage levels provides countless benefits.
From life-changing revelations to enhanced creativity to deeper personal insights.
For many people, the enhancing effects of THC provide very real psychological benefit and relief.
If you agree that people deserve access to all parts of the cannabis plant, please share this article with your friends and followers. Together, we can spread the message of cannabis education.
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