There are a lot of things that are now common knowledge about marijuana – especially when it comes to the health benefits it can have. For many people, medical marijuana is the only thing that makes it possible for them to get out of bed in the morning. However, there are benefits for everyone who consumes cannabis – not just those who are specifically looking for relief.
These are a few of the lesser known benefits of marijuana – some of which could apply to anyone.
Potentially Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
A 2018 study found that marijuana could be more beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients than many might have thought. For something that might make you forgetful in the moment you might not think it would be good in treating this memory loss condition – but studies suggest otherwise.
Researchers found that THC promoted the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain – which are believed to be the something that kickstarts the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This could be potentially beneficial to everyone – especially if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Help You Maintain or Lose Weight
Helping you reach your weight goals might sound like the exact opposite of what cannabis would do – after all, it’s known for giving you the munchies – but it’s not necessarily a fairy tale either. Studies on U.S. adults have found that those who use cannabis regularly have surprisingly lower rates of obesity.
These results were also replicated in a previous study that found Inuit adults who used cannabis had a lower BMI, less fat mass and a lower fasting insulin level than their sober counterparts. This not only put them in a better spot for having a healthy weight, but also reduces the likelihood of diabetes.
There are also studies that suggest that cannabis will not only enhance, but potentially help motivate your workouts. Put all this together and it’s a recipe for maintaining or losing weight.
Help Broken Bones Heal Faster
Though the research is still in its infancy, a 2015 study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that bones not only healed quicker but were stronger and more resilient against future fractures when marijuana was a part of the treatment process.
There may not be a lot of research on the subject yet – but if this first study is anything to go on, introducing non-psychoactive CBD during the treatment for a broken bone could only have positive effects. It would not only have the potential to help you heal faster, it certainly has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that would also be beneficial in such an unfortunate situation.
Reduce or Eliminate Nightmares and Night Terrors
This one might be a little more difficult to classify – if you suffer from nightmares, night terrors, or insomnia however, the benefit of getting any sleep at all is likely worth it. Studies suggest that marijuana disturbs later stages of REM sleep – which is the point where you have dreams, and therefore nightmares as well.
If you find that sleep aids may help you get to sleep but staying that way without waking to a horrible dream seems impossible some nights, then this may be your answer.
Enjoy Clearer and Healthier Skin
We normally don’t think of cannabis as a skin care product – but there are tons of hemp and cannabis infused skin care items out there on the market for a reason. You can use cannabis based topical face scrubs and other similar infused products to clear up acne and skin infections, as well as providing a general rejuvenation to your skin itself.
The reason it’s effective is because cannabis has both antioxidants and antibacterial effects – making it the perfect plant oil-based product for your skin. It is also amazing for people who suffer from conditions like eczema, which cause the skin to dry out and crack. Research from the American Academy of Dermatology also found that cannabinoids could be key to treating numerous skin problems and conditions.
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