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One of the most popular stereotypes of a cannabis consumer is the “lazy stoner” persona. While there are plenty of ways that cannabis can aid in relaxation, the experience a person has will differ depending on the overall dose and chemical composition of the strain being used.
Many people are turning to medical cannabis to help treat an arrangement of symptoms from different conditions. It is allowing patients to take control of their debilitating issues and ease the side effects that come along with them, resulting in an overall better quality of life. If you are curious to see if it is an option for you, take this short pre-qualifying survey.
Decreases Pain Levels
A popular reason people stop exercising and decrease their overall activity levels is because of battling with chronic pain issues. Pain is a symptom of a multitude of conditions and is one of the most common reasons people search for medical attention. Since it can stem from many different issues, chronic pain is tricky to treat with traditional medication.
Both THC and CBD promote anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, so when taken on a consistent regimen, overall pain levels will decrease. [C] As a result, consumers are able to manage their symptoms and eventually begin exercising again.
Aids in Mental Health
Both Cannabis and CBD have shown great symptom relief for different mental health conditions. Research on the therapeutic uses of cannabis has shown that it offers anxiolytic effects which decreases both depression and anxiety –even for those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. [A]
There have also been studies that show THC affects how we process negative emotions. [B] The human body naturally produces a chemical, anandamide, that interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in a similar way as THC does. Our body creates it on demand so it can be used when needed to maintain homeostasis and it acts as both a mood enhancer and fear reducer.
Cannabis promotes the overall state of a person’s mental health, which in return can heighten their mood, motivation, and overall outlook on life. This will allow them to become more active on a day to day basis.
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine proposed that cannabis users are both leaner and have a healthier metabolism. [D] While there are some cannabis strains that promote appetite and decrease inflammation caused by digestion issues, there are others that hinder appetite and helps promote less snacking.
Each strain offers a different effect on appetite because of their unique cannabinoid and terpene profiles. For example, a strain like Girl Scout Cookies contains the cannabinoid THCV. This has been shown to remove the rewarding feeling a person gets after eating certain foods and it acts as an appetite suppressant. [E] Terpenes such as Humulene also suppress a person’s appetite, but myrcene has been shown to both stimulate appetite and manage nausea.
Allows for a Deep Sleep
Sleep is essential for maintaining both our mental and physical help, yet the vast majority of adults in the United States are unable to get a sufficient night’s sleep. [F] Whether this is caused by an actual sleep disorder or because of other issues like chronic pain or stress, many people are turning to cannabis as a sleep aid. Cannabis’s analgesic properties can potentially provide relief for those with chronic pain and it’s anti-anxiety properties can ease stress.
According to a 2008 study, cannabis strains with higher THC concentrations reduces the amount of REM sleep a person gets. This means it affects the ability to dream, which in return reduces nightmares for those who suffer from PTSD, allowing a person to spend more time in a “deep sleep” state. When you sleep, your body is able to rest and heal, resulting in an overall improvement of a person’s health.
Cannabis is being used to relieve a wide range of symptoms, but the overall goal is to improve a person’s quality of life. By offering pain relief, mental health aid, appetite management, and the ability to get a good night’s sleep it is allowing users to focus on things that are important to them rather than the things that are hindering them.
Too many people are suffering from an arrangement of debilitating ailments that are negatively impacting their healthy lifestyles. If you suffer from a qualifying condition and would like to take the first step to achieving a normal life again, schedule a risk-free in-person evaluation with one of our qualified Florida Medical Marijuana Physicians located throughout the state.