The Physical and Mental Benefits of Cannabis (Some You Know, Some You Don’t)

, 05/04/2021

There’s so much controversy surrounding medical marijuana in our society. What people don’t understand can cause them a lot of apprehension. They fear it’s addicting. They worry it’s a precursor to violence. But one of society’s most common held beliefs is that it’s detrimental to our health and well-being. But let us take you back to the year 2737 BC.

One of the first documented uses of cannabis for medicinal purposes was found in the writings of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, who praised it for its power over ailments such as rheumatism, gout, and malaria. Gradually, the news of cannabis spread around the world; soon, every country was using it for its own list of physical and mental conditions. Even the United States was prescribing cannabis for labor pain, nausea and rheumatism. That is, until it was classified as a Schedule 1 Drug in 1970.

It wasn’t until 1996 until some states began legalizing medical marijuana again. Today, more Americans are in support of the legalization of marijuana than ever before, with 68 percent of people in favor of the transition. As people educate themselves about the impacts of cannabis on various health conditions, this statistic will only continue to rise.

Here are some of the biggest physical and mental benefits of cannabis:

Treat and prevent Alzheimer’s
THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, has been found to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. THC can block the enzyme in the brain that makes amyloid plaques, which are what kills our brain cells and results in Alzheimer’s.

Slow and stop cancer cells from spreading
Cannabinoids can stop cancer in its tracks by turning off a gene known as Id-1. In one 2007 study, cannabidiol was used in treating patients with aggressive forms of breast cancer. It not only decreased Id-1 expression, but halted the spread of the cancer cells. It also works to slow down tumor growth in the brain and lungs as well.

Helps control epilepsy
Medical marijuana can help control seizures brought on by epilepsy. One researcher gave marijuana to a number of epileptic rats and found that the drug stopped their seizures in about ten hours. By binding our brain cells that are responsible for controlling our excitement levels and relaxation, THC can help diminish not only the intensity of seizures, but also the rate of seizures.

Lessens side effects of Hepatitis C
The treatment of Hep C can be so severe that patients must oftentimes stop treatment altogether. Side effects like nausea, depression, loss of appetite, and muscle pain can last for months at a time. When medical marijuana is used alongside traditional treatment options, it not only helps patients finish their therapies, but it also lessens their side effects as well.

North Star Holdings’ believes that everyone deserves access to the right cannabis products that can quite literally change their lives. Our crafted cannabis starts with the best seeds and clones with strong genetics that produce the highest-quality flower. Using only organic nutrients, our plants grow to be full of trichomes, terpenes, terpenoids, and cannabinoids that give our customers and patients the relief they are looking for.

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