It has been said those who regularly consume weed tend to be referred to as someone who is “high” all the time. Contrary to popular belief, the components in cannabis such as CBD and THC is always used for medicinal purposes as it offers many health benefits and positive uses. Cannabis, almost illegal in most countries, are slowly becoming one of the top choices to treat certain conditions. Nowadays, many countries have started to realize the positive effects of cannabis. To some, they take it on a regular basis as a daily supplement in various forms other than rolling a stick up such as Delta 8 THC gummies or in the form of cream and lotion which is applied to their skin.
What Is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)?
It is a compound that comes from a plant, called cannabis, which provides psychoactive properties. Scientists have said this particular chemical compound acts as a defense mechanism to prevent insects and animals from consuming the plant.
Controversies Involving Cannabis
Despite several potential medical uses of cannabis, many people claim that cannabis should be illegal due to the addictive substance which causes several side effects and withdrawals. However, the cannabis extract called Nabiximols (Sativex) is commonly used as treatment for those suffering from neuropathic pain as well as people with cancer. THC is also used to treat people suffering from anorexia with AIDS. Aside from THC, CBD, which is another component found in cannabis, is also commonly used for medicinal purposes.
Health Benefits And Common Uses Of THC
1. Pain Relief
Whether it is nerve-related or neuropathic pain, more than 1 billion people from all over the world suffer from chronic pain. THC is often used when it comes to reducing the amount of pain caused by blockage of the central nervous system. During a trial, the FDA approved the use of THC when it comes to pain relief.
2. Improves Growth Of The Brain
In our brains, there is something called ‘CB1 receptor’ in which THC helps to activate it and improve the learning ability of one’s brain. CBD and THC is also commonly used to stimulate the growth of the hippocampus. The use of THC helps protect the brain by slowing down certain brain diseases including Alzheimer’s. Plus, there was a recent study that shows how THC helps to reduce the risk of people dying from any kind of head trauma.
3. Treats PTSD
When it comes to PTSD, there are many symptoms such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and social isolation. PTSD is not a condition where it can be easily cured and it might take a longer time to fully recover. Thankfully, with the help of THC, it can be used as treatment by easing all these symptoms. Hence, those suffering from PTSD could get a good night’s sleep and get a better grasp of their lives.
4. Great As An Antioxidant
To gain more antioxidants in their body, many people might turn to the natural way of obtaining fruits and other sources. However, THC is a herb, so it also helps to provide antioxidants when it is exposed to UVB light which is known to cause oxidative stress to one’s body. THC protects the body from any negative effects from stress, including when our skin or body is faced with UVB light that causes us to have skin disease and aging.
5. Aids In Relaxing The Muscles
It’s not surprising as to how most patients that suffer from diseases such as sclerosis where they experience pain and muscle spasm on a daily basis regularly consume Sativex which contains both CBD and THC. THC helps to regulate the muscles by easing tension and cramps.
6. Increases Your Appetite
Those suffering from eating disorders, HIV, dementia or hepatitis tend to have a loss of appetite. Since it is important for them to eat as they might die from starvation or lack of nutrients, doctors have turned to the use of THC. These patients will be given a small dose of THC to increase their appetite as it has a component called hormone ghrelin that helps to increase one’s hunger. THC could also help to increase the sense of taste so they feel the food tastes way better than they actually do.