According to this infographic about cannabis statistics, there are more than 183 million people who consume cannabis globally. Smoking cannabis is an activity that a lot of people enjoy for fun.

However, the plant and its products have another important usage. The increasing number of health professionals use marijuana to at least some extent in treating their patients. It has been clinically proven to have certain traits and a composition that are beneficial to our body. The best universities and researchers across the world have shown that cannabis brings various benefits to our body and mental health.

Read on to find more in-depth information.


How Cannabis Affects Us

Cannabis is a plant that has more than 500 chemical substances in its leaves and inflorescences. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most important ones.

THC is the substance responsible for changes in behavior that occur after smoking or ingesting it, while CBD is a substance with powerful antiepileptic effects. It is important to mention that the recent discussions about the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes include the cultivation, processing, and distribution of these two different types of substances.

Both THC and CBD act through an important system of intercellular communication and regulator of brain function called the endocannabinoid system. The system regulates important body functions such as memory, mood, and drug addiction. It is also responsible for metabolic processes such as fat destruction (lipolysis), glucose metabolism, and energy balance.


What Are the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis?

At the medical level, cannabis has been gaining support. People with different ailments claim that controlled consumption of cannabis is the best remedy they could find. Here are some of the most interesting applications:

Migraine control

Migraines and other types of chronic pain can be eased with cannabis. Doctors from the University of California have documented that at least 300,000 cases of this medical condition have been treated with medicinal cannabis, achieving results never seen before.

Delays the evolution of tumors

For years, the good use of the plant in the appearance of tumors has been discussed. Some studies have proven that cannabis delays the formation of harmful cells in the lungs, chest, and brain.

Prevents Alzheimer’s

Cannabis is also quite effective when it comes to facing Alzheimer’s. There are several studies showing that, when consumed properly, the aggressiveness of this disease can be significantly reduced.

Muscle relaxant

When we suffer an injury that affects our muscle tissues, cannabis comes as a perfect muscle relaxant. Of all the properties that we can highlight, antispasmodics are among the most common ones. This way, cannabis becomes an ally in relieving the pain.

Other benefits

Studies have shown that some diseases that affect older people, e.g. glaucoma, could be reduced with the use of cannabis products. In addition, a lack of appetite caused by cancer and AIDS is treatable too. A recent publication reported that the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could be alleviated with the use of cannabis. Other studies indicate that this plant could play an important role in reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome.



While cannabis cultivation and usage is criminalized in many parts of the world, it is obvious that the plant has lots to offer, especially in medicine. We’ll have to see if these benefits and the accompanying economic advantages will be enough to convince world governments to change their policies in favor of controlled cultivation and public accessibility to the plant.


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