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How Cannabis Relieves Stress

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Marijuana is still a medicinal plant that is in question because of the psychoactive effect it gives to some users. However, it is studied to have many health benefits. One of its benefits is to relieve stress. Stress can be a cause of many different diseases, including cancer. You would notice that doctors would usually advise their patients, regardless of the illness, to reduce their stress. Though not many medical practitioners would directly tell you to use marijuana, some would still recommend using cannabis-based products to help them in their healing process.

 

Scientists have been studying the herb for years now and have discovered that the two main ingredients in marijuana are THC and CBD. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the culprit in giving the psychoactive effect to users. But it is also one of the responsible agents in providing the health benefits the plant possess. CBD (cannabidiol), on the other hand, is not psychoactive and could fight off the ‘high’ effect of THC if taken in higher doses. More and more products come out with lowered THC levels and higher CBD for different physical and mental stability. So, how does cannabis help relieve stress?

 

1. It calms the nerves

 

Long time and first-time users have observed that using marijuana relaxes them and calms their nerves. This is because the marijuana works as an anxiolytic that balances the autonomic nervous system. The breathing, heartbeat and digestive system are put in a ‘relaxed state’.

 

2. It helps you sleep better

 

Sleep is one of the most powerful stress relievers. However, in most times, people cannot sleep because of stress. While marijuana helps you relax, it also helps you have a better sleep at night. It frees your mind from the negative thoughts and would make you have a peaceful rest.

 

3. It makes you happy

 

Marijuana helps your body release endorphins which are responsible for improving your mood. This is one of the most favored effects of marijuana. ‘Laughing trip’ as they call it, could help you lessen the stress and would make you feel better while you are under the effect of the herb.

 

4. It helps you breathe

 

Taking deep breaths is one way to manage your stress level. With the help of marijuana, your lung capacity would increase and would make your breathing improve. Contradictory to what other people might think, marijuana can help the functionality of your lungs.

 

5. It relieves pain

 

Some stress could be caused by various pains in different parts of the body. Marijuana has an anti-inflammatory property that helps in reducing the aches and pains that the body might be feeling. This also works for chronic pains caused by arthritis or injuries and even pains that you feel after surgery and during chemotherapy. Although Marijuana has more benefits other than just relieving stress, it is important to know that the dosage of your intake should be regulated. Abuse of the plant can lead to more serious illnesses and even addiction. If you are in Canada and would want to know the best Canadian medical marijuana dispensary near you, click here.

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