As the world begins to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, we’re turning away from old lifestyles. Alternatives to how we prevent and manage health conditions and diseases are becoming mainstream.
From nutritional supplements to herbs like cannabis, it’s common to find people opting for natural healthcare.
Of course, there are times when a medical prescription is necessary. But, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Research studies have proven that using cannabis, for example, has a lot of health advantages. Whether you cook with it, smoke it, or use edibles, adding cannabis to your day could even improve your life — at least in these three areas!
1. Cannabis Boosts Your Mood
Stress is a normal part of living in the world today. Chronic stress, however, is bad for your mental and physical health.
People who have consistent stressors in their lives are more likely to suffer mental disorders. As our hectic lives continue the busy pace, depression and anxiety are on the rise.
But it’s not a “mind over matter” type of problem.
Studies have shown that this type of ongoing stress creates a physical reaction. Too much stress causes your body to suppress the production of endocannabinoids.
Because these compounds, found in your nerve cells, affect every system in your body, suppressing them isn’t good. In fact, it can result in depression-like symptoms.
By allowing cannabis into your body, those endocannabinoid levels are restored back to their normal level. Your mood, and your overall health, improve!
2. Cannabis Enhances Exercise
Cannabis can be beneficial to people who want to exercise but are in too much pain to do it. In the form of medical marijuana, it’s most commonly used to treat chronic pain. In the right doses, this treatment can improve your workout.
Sativas, for instance, are a strain of cannabis that is more stimulating than other types. When you use this strain before exercising, it can increase your performance and dull the body’s pain receptors.
If you don’t have a medical marijuana card, you can still use cannabis in its CBD form after your workout.
CBD, or cannabidiol, has a host of medical benefits to it without the intoxicating side effects of a THC strain. It reduces inflammation, lowers stress levels, and relieves post-workout soreness.
Not all states agree on medical marijuana policies. If your state doesn’t, you aren’t out of options. This article from Veriheal gives a breakdown of which states allow out-of-state cardholders to buy medical cannabis. You might find one near you!
3. Cannabis Can Relieve Symptoms of Diseases
In the case of some diseases, the treatment can be almost as bad as the condition itself. Cancer’s cure, as an example, is chemotherapy. The side effects of this treatment often include severe nausea and vomiting.
Smoking cannabis could help alleviate these side effects. And some cancer studies have promising evidence that cannabinoids could slow down the growth of certain types of cancer.
Other diseases that were once thought to have unpreventable symptoms can be treated with cannabis. Multiple sclerosis and epilepsy are two examples. The use of oral cannabinoids has been linked to a lowered frequency of seizures and milder overall symptoms.
Medical marijuana, homemade cannabis, and CBD edibles have become the go-to for pain reduction.
The alternative to their pain relief is often an opioid prescription. Cannabis, while still controversial, is a healthy, life-changing remedy. Using this instead of prescription painkillers helps you avoid becoming a statistic in the opioid epidemic.
Living a healthier lifestyle starts with how we take care of our bodies. Finding ways to prevent diseases through exercise and mental health care is essential. Both of these goals are achievable with cannabis use.
Chronic, painful diseases no longer have to be treated with dangerous prescription painkillers. CBD and medical marijuana are safer and less addicting alternatives.
As more studies show the advantages of cannabinoids, state and federal laws are relaxing. Anyone who wants to improve their life can benefit from them.
Preventative care and pain management are advantages of cannabis. Or, if you just want to be happier, grab a gummy and enjoy!