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The Potential Benefits of Medical Cannabis

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The cannabis plant, also commonly named as the marijuana or homegrown cannabis and hemp, possesses two essential cannabinoids that are processed by the human body's endocannabinoid system. These cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the cannabinoid liable for getting an individual "high". It binds with the cannabinoid neuroreceptors (CB1 receptors) within the human brain. It triggers a neurological response from the brain's reward system to cause an individual to feel happy and relaxed.

CBD, on the opposite hand, binds with other cannabinoid neuroreceptors (CB2 receptors) and triggers a particularly powerful response from the system, flooding the body with antibodies that act against tissue inflammation. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get an individual "high".

Cannabis from blueberry feminized genes is employed as a drug in two very distinct ways. For psychological-state disorders like generalized anxiety, social anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, et al., THC offers patients some relief. Under the guidance of a doctor, patients smoke or ingest marijuana to acquire the advantage of the relaxing and calming effects of the THC. THC has proven to alleviate the symptoms caused by many psychological-state disorders.

For physical-health disorders that are the results of tissue inflammation, CBD has proven to supply tremendous healing powers that, in some cases, are ready to alleviate the symptoms of disease entirely. Inflammation-based diseases like Crohn's disease, colitis, arthritis, asthma, and epilepsy have all been shown to be effectively treated through the administration of CBD. The CBD goes to figure immediately by attacking the underlying tissue inflammation that's at the basis of the diseases, as mentioned earlier, clearing up symptoms very quickly.

Two Distinct Plant Subspecies

Cannabis is usually considered to be the parent plant species. In contrast, hemp and marijuana plants are considered to be subspecies or cannabis plant variants. The marijuana plant has been cultivated and genetically altered over the years to create the highest THC strain. The marijuana plant is usually used for its potent psychoactive effects. The hemp plant is different, however, because it has been cultivated to possess only CBD, with the THC component being bred out of the plant strain. The hemp plant is primarily related to its purely medicinal uses as a CBD producer.

Marijuana is officially at the forefront of cancer treatment. It is an exceptionally effective medicine with few adverse side effects. It is also extremely effective at treating the particular range of symptoms that many cancer patients suffer from like insomnia, nausea, chronic pain, restlessness, anxiety, depression, and more. As more countries around the world legalize medicinal marijuana, its use as a cancer treatment is skyrocketing.

Nausea and Loss of Appetite

Many people living with cancer, particularly those that are undergoing chemotherapy or more standard treatments, are incredibly susceptible to developing nausea and loss of appetite. The THC and CBD cannabinoids within marijuana have both been shown to scale back nausea in chemotherapy patients and increase cancer patient's appetite. With more of an appetite, people living with cancer can maintain their weight and energy levels while undergoing treatment.

Chronic Pain

Many marijuana strains are specifically bred to act as an efficient means to combat chronic pain. Most of those strains possess both THC and CBD, with both cannabinoids acting in tandem to scale back inflammation that causes chronic pain and increases dopamine production. Dopamine, also mentioned because the "happy hormone", is produced by the brain and is liable for reducing overall pain sensations.


Cancer patients often battle with a point of insomnia thanks to the quality treatment side effects and, therefore, the chronic pain related to cancer. Marijuana, particularly Indica strains, acts as a particularly powerful sleep-aid. Cancer patients that smoke Indica strains of cannabis report having the ability to nod off more quickly and remain in a deep sleep state for much longer periods of time. Reducing the adverse effects of insomnia can help cancer patients feel more energized while also reducing the sensation of weakness, which will accompany the condition.


One of the foremost common negative symptoms that cancer patients suffer from is depression. Being diagnosed with cancer is traumatic for many people. People living with mid- to late-term cancer often experience extreme depression. Thankfully, cancer containing THC and CBD can act as a potent mood booster. There also are limited adverse side effects when it involves using medical marijuana during this way.


Another psychological state ailment that many cancer patients suffer from is anxiety. Cancer treatments and medications often cause this anxiety, or it is often caused by the psychological stress that people living with cancer experience. Many cannabis strains are incredibly effective at combating anxiety. These strains include Strawberry Cough, Orion's Belt, Afghan Kush, et al.

Bottom Line

Medical cannabis is an undeniably effective means of treating some symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments. Because the herb becomes legalized for medicinal purposes, it is becoming more popular as a way of treating cancer patients for his or her various ailments.

(Article changed on October 9, 2020 at 00:26)

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