CANNABIS CULTURE- There’s all sorts of articles and journal entries out there looking at the benefits of cannabis for those who are already sick. But what about cannabis as a preventative medicine? Could it help you before you get sick? Here are 5 ways cannabis might help you keep illnesses and injuries at bay, without you even realizing it!
The Basics – Good Rest and Being Able to Eat
Do you want to know what makes pain and many illnesses worse? Not eating and sleeping properly. If the body doesn’t get enough sleep and good nutrition, the body can’t heal itself properly. Not to mention the effect a lack of rest and relaxation can have on a person’s mood! Moreover, not being able to sleep and eat properly is something that is both a cause and symptom of so many different illnesses, that it’s surprising people don’t take such things more seriously!
So, if cannabis can help get a stressed-out semi-insomniac to relax, eat a proper meal and get to sleep, it will certainly have some sort of value as a potential preventative medication. Cannabis also contains terpenes like myrcene, which are noted to help people get to sleep. Other terpenes, like linalool (which is found in lavender), can help people relax. Moreover, unlike many strong sleeping pills – which are often benzodiazepine-based – there’s no chance of overdosing on cannabis alone.
Keeping a “Balanced” Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
One of the main theories regarding cannabis as a medicine is the idea that it might be helping to solve an underlying “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD)” in people, meaning their body may not be in homeostasis and functioning at its best. Headaches & migraines, depression and even conditions like epilepsy and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could well be caused by a lack of endocannabinoids. Cannabis, being a rich source of phytocannabinoids, could be “replacing” the body’s own naturally-occurring cannabinoids.
The Immune System
Related to the above point on the ECS, which also plays a part in the immune system. To quote from “Effects of cannabinoids on the immune system and central nervous system: therapeutic implications”:
“Endogenous cannabinoid ligands appear to act as local modulators of immune/inflammatory reactions. Cannabinoid-induced immunosuppression may have implications for the treatment of neurological disorders that are associated with excess immunological activity, such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.”
One of the reasons why cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) may be such a potent anti-inflammatory is because it helps control cytokine production, which is produced by immune cells like macrophages, T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes, which are responsible for inflammation. CBD may suppress T cell function. CBD is an antioxidant as well, meaning that it can prevent cells from further damage! To add even more to the effects cannabis may have on the immune system, CBD in particular could be an anti-proliferative, meaning that it could stop cancer cells from spreading!
Should you like to infuse your cannabis in high-quality coconut, olive or hemp oils, which are good sources of all sorts of beneficial things like omega-3 fatty acids, lauric acid and so on, you will get lots of other health benefits as well. High-quality coconut oil has lots of antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, as well as medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), which can produce energy when digested as opposed to being stored as body fat and arterial plaque. So yes, it is possible that a well-infused canna-coconut oil may help keep you healthy and disease-free!
As a Neuroprotectant
We’ve spoken to Eben Britton, and he credits medical marijuana with saving his mind from the brain injuries caused by years of playing American Football. CBD may help protect the brain from the effects of brain damage, which can be caused by strokes, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Furthermore, cannabis may have neurogenerative properties, meaning that it may actually help repair and create brain cells! CBD does this, and for older people, THC might do the same as well!
Controlling Blood-Sugar Levels?
Many people associate cannabis with the “munchies”, which often comes in the form of sugary, salty and high-fat snacks. Now, this is not at all bad necessarily – some people really do need to be able to eat more. However, it is a little bit of a simplistic view on the effects of cannabis. In fact, some strains, in particular sativas containing a high amount of tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), are said to be appetite suppressants! This could be because THCV can help control blood-glucose levels by reducing fasting insulin, which could prove to be immensely useful for those suffering from type-2 diabetes.
So, although you may occasionally get the munchies from using cannabis, using the right strain could well also help control those cravings for “naughty” snacks! This means that, combined with a healthy diet, exercise and good sleeping patterns, cannabis could actually help prevent you from a life of fluctuating blood-sugar levels.
There are actually lots of ways cannabis could be a preventative medicine, but perhaps one of the biggest reasons why it could be so is because it’s a “stress-buster” for many people. Stress, after all, causes many nasty conditions to come to fruition in the first instance; and anything that can help beat stress could be said to be a preventative medicine. A few other ways in which getting a medical marijuana card and using cannabis could help you stop getting sick include:
- Strengthening the bones – CBD and THC may help bones grow and strengthen. Alongside the effects cannabis has on the immune system, this is great news for those with arthritis or osteoporosis.
- Keeping the skin looking young and youthful – cannabis is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect both joints (pun only semi-intended) and skin. Yes, cannabis is a great lubricant, and can soothe and heal sore and damaged skin. This could be one reason why cannabis may help those with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
- Reducing the need for powerful prescription painkillers and other pharmaceuticals with less-than-desirable side-effects
Yes, this means sitting down with your friends, playing bridge/backgammon/chess/poker/ whatever your preferred game is, putting on that John Coltrane record, and using a bit of well-made cannabis tincture could well help extend your life (or at least improve it significantly).