01 May 7 Things you didn’t know about cannabis
Cannabis has long been a very controversial topic – on the one hand, long-held public opinions have painted it as a harmful drug that is highly addictive and holds all kinds of health risks. On the other hand, researchers have found evidence that proves the theory to be incorrect and in total contrast to previously held beliefs. Further studies have been conducted on cannabis and it has been legalized in many states in the US as well as other countries. New industries are embracing the concept and incorporating it into products like soft drinks, beers, skincare products, and much more. Many people have started to question what they thought they knew about cannabis and have aimed to seek the truth regarding the matter. That said, here are seven things you didn’t know about the plant as well as its effects on the human body.
#1 Cannabis may have health benefits
Studies into cannabis and its components have shown promising results in regards to how it could be applied to treatment methods. The results have shown that cannabis may aid in the treatment of chronic pain in adults, as well as nausea and vomiting that usually accompanies chemotherapy. There is also some evidence showing it can help individuals who struggle with sleep-related problems, loss of appetite, and even anxiety.
#2 Cannabis is continuously being legalized
As mentioned before, cannabis has, since being researched further, been legalized in many countries around the world. Most of these countries have legalized the recreational use of marijuana but have still deemed the retailing of cannabis illegal. Countries that have opened up their laws to cannabis include Canada, Jamaica, Belize, Argentina, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Ecuador.
#3 Origins of cannabis
It is said that the cannabis plant most likely originated near the Tian Shan Mountains in Central Asia, where it was cultivated first in China and India. This theory is also given some weight due to the discovery of nearly 790 grams of cannabis over 2 700 years old in a Chinese tomb in 2008.
#4 Religious connections
The connection between cannabis and Rastafarians dates back to the early 1800s. After slavery ended, East Indians were brought to the island to work and introduced cannabis to the local people of Jamaica. Coincidentally, Jamaica’s climate was ideal for the cultivation of cannabis. From there on out, Rastafarians have seen this plant as a holy rite and use it within their religious ceremonies. Though widely considered regular cannabis users, this group of people only uses cannabis for religious purposes and not for anything else.
#5 Regulates diabetes
After research funded by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, they found that cannabis may help regulate insulin in the body, which can help prevent diabetes. They have also found that the compounds contained within the plant can help lower blood pressure, promote proper blood circulation, and stabilize blood sugar levels. Further research needs to be done into the subject, but ongoing results have provided promising figures thus far.
#6 Your Gender makes a difference
A study conducted by researchers from Washington State University found that females have a higher tolerance for THC than males. They also saw that women were more susceptible to the effects of THC than men, especially while ovulating due to the increased levels of estrogen. Due to women’s fluctuating hormones, they have been excluded from most research done on cannabis, and most of the evidence gathered from men showed they are most likely to have an increased appetite after using cannabis – this is sometimes called munchies.
#7 Lung function
Many people believe that smoking cannabis poses health risks to your lung function. But a study published back in 2012 proved otherwise – the results demonstrated that not only does smoking marijuana improve lung function, but it can actually help to reverse the effects smoking tobacco has on the lungs. The study further showed that smoking marijuana increased lung capacity as well – this has researchers believing it is due to how cannabis is smoked. While tobacco has many harmful chemicals, cannabis, on the other hand, doesn’t.
At the end of the day, there will still be two divided groups when the subject of cannabis pops up – this may be the result of generations of teachings about cannabis that are only now starting to be disproven one by one as researchers delve deeper into cannabis and its compounds. The positive outcome from discovering more and more truths about cannabis is the many health benefits this plant seems to have on one’s body – it would be nonsensical to ignore it without using it to modern medicine’s advantage.