We are living a world which holds 70% of water in it. Life originates from water; there are numerous species of plants and animals which are yet to explored. Even there are many, which has been categorized in the group of ‘Extinct species‘. There are many herbs and plants, which were known for its health benefits; one of them is called Cannabis or Medicinal Cannabis. It is also one of the ancient plant which ranks very high for its medicinal treatise.
With a passage of time and the development of society, we human beings have forgotten many of ours natural treasure called ‘plants’. But they are still nurtured in the lap of Mother Nature, slowly they are again getting discovered and their medicinal benefits are getting revealed. Yes, here we will be talking about an ancient medicinal plant. Let me inform you that in the present date the plant is considered as a drug; which is like abusing nature! It is found in Uttrakhand; many of us don’t know that it is a potent medicine. And we will be talking the same.
What is Cannabis?
Medicinal cannabis, also known as medical marijuana and medi-wiet, refers to cannabis when it is used to treat or relieve a symptom, ailment or condition rather than for recreational or spiritual purposes. Any cannabis which contains an effective amount of active cannabinoids (i.e. not industrial hemp) can be considered medicinal cannabis if it is used for that purpose.
The history of medicinal marijuana use dates back to the earliest eras of medicine and pharmacology, when humans first began to deliberately use plants for their effects on the body rather than simply as a source of nutrition. The first recorded mention of cannabis used in a medical context comes from the Shennong pên Ts’ao ching (the Great Herbal encyclopedia of the Emperor Shennong),one of the earliest texts on herbal medicine, which dates back to 2700 B.C.
How can one use the Cannabis herb?
The very herb can be used in a numerous way for its health benefits. The leaves can be either taken in the liquid form, the smoke arising can be inhaled and many more.
Now, let us move to the health benefits of Cannabis. Here, we will be talking about the 12 health benefits of this ancient plant.
12 Health benefits of Cannabis:-
1. Helpful to treat Glaucoma-
Glaucoma is the vision disorder leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. This vision damage may be caused by poor blood supply to the vital optic nerve fibres, a weakness in the structure of the nerve, and/or a problem in the health of the nerve fibres themselves. Now you can cure this with the help of Cannabis. Marijuana or Cannabis use can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.
It decreases the pressure inside the eye, according to the National Eye Institute: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.” The very drug helps to return the vision back to normal and prevent blindness.
2. Relieves from the bad effects of Tobacco–
In India, many of us habituated to have tobacco which does no good to the body. It affects your lungs in a very harsh manner and can even lead to disastrous results. There is a fair amount of evidence that this very herb does no harm to the lungs; in opposite it increases the capacity of your lungs. Inhaling this very herb generates the therapeutic values in your body which helps to clear your lungs and the circulatory system as well. One who has developed the chances of Lung disease must have this.
3. Helps to control Epileptic seizures-
Epileptic seizures or the attacks of Epilepsy can be controlled with the use of this. The drugs practiced on the rats helped to rid the rats of the seizures for about 10 hours. Cannabinoids like the active ingredients in marijuana (Cannabis), tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC), control seizures by binding to the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. It makes your brain relaxed thus controlling and aiding to prevent seizures.
4. Aids in Migraine-
Marijuana or Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in pain relief. In fact, the effects are said to be “several hundred times more powerful than that of aspirin.” Doctors in California have treated more than 300,000 migraine cases with medical marijuana has shown to be effective in treating a host of illnesses and conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraines. Migraine is a very painful and harassing kind of headache which is also called half-head pain.
5. Prevents Cancer–
Cannabis is really an effective plant to fight and prevent Cancer. Being rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, it is a very good thing to prevent Cancer. The researchers studied breast cancer cells in the lab that had high expression levels of Id-1 and treated them with cannabinoid. After treatment the cells had decreased Id-1 expression and were less aggressive spreaders.
6. Treats Bowel diseases-
Bowel diseases or Diseases of Intestines can be cured and prevented by the usage of Cannabis leaves. The intake of this weed plants increases and makes a permeable membrane on your intestines which helps to protect it from bacterial attacks and doesn’t allow any foreign substance to enter in it. THC-like compounds made by the body increase the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria in. It has been founded the THC in marijuana blocks the THC-like compounds made in the body, which allow bacteria into your body by increasing the permeability of the intestines.
7. Treatment for Hepatitis C-
Hepatitis which is a Liver disorder can be treated using the herb. In other treatment procedures such as modern medicines etc, the treatment goes very harsh and unsatisfactory. It has been found that those who smoked marijuana daily were more likely to complete their Hepatitis C therapy–the medications have severe side effects which often causes a patient to stop their treatment regimen. What’s more, marijuana supposedly makes the medication more effective, as those who take it in conjunction with their treatment have no sign of the virus in their body.
8. Abides depression-
A study on addictive behaviours published by USC and SUNY Albany in 2005, whose 4,400 participants made it the largest investigation of marijuana and depression to date, found that “those who consume marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana.” The study added that “weekly users had less depressed mood, more positive effect, and fewer somatic complaints than non-users.” It helps to eradicate depression and cures the illness.
9. Helps in Weight loss-
Marijuana or Cannabis is really a very potent herb for weight loss. You can use its leaves for weight reduction and for a healthy body.
Insulin, which is produced primarily by the pancreas, is the vessel through which glucose (sugar) can pass through cell walls to be converted into energy. If insulin production is high, too much glucose will be absorbed resulting in fatigue, whereas low insulin production can cause damage to arteries as glucose builds up. Cannabis use seems to regulate the process by promoting glucose absorption, increasing levels of “good cholesterol” and improving one’s over-all metabolic functioning, though it is uncertain how exactly this happens.
10. Relieves Asthma-
Asthma is a well-known respiratory disorder. The attacks of Asthma is mostly seen during winter season and the periods between climate change. Those things and drugs which are anti-inflammatory in nature are the potential medications to cure Asthma. The use of Cannabis helps to clear out the bronchus and aids in the disorder. It can be used as a vaporizer that heals really well.
So in this way we saw the benefits and the usages of Medicinal Cannabis. This is a simple plant but its benefits and advantages are much more than just a simple plant. After all, these are produced on earth which always produces gem type plants. Take care and live well!
She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.