Hard as it is to believe, 2016 is quickly coming to a close. With a new year just a couple of weeks away, here is our count down for the TOP 7 suggestions on how YOU can use cannabis for health and healing in 2017!
#7 FOOD HANGOVERS / GI DISTRESS: As we reported in our article last month on Food Hangovers, there have been dozens of studies that have made the connection between cannabis and relief from GI distress, including IBS, heartburn, nausea and discomfort from overeating. Research has shown that endocannabinoid receptors exist in the GI tract. Cannabis consumption can activate these receptors in order to protect against inflammation, slow gastrointestinal motility which can lead to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and balance stomach acid levels. Remember that close to 80% of your immune system cells reside in your small intestine. A happy tummy leads to a happy, healthy you overall!
#6 ANXIETY and DEPRESSION: The holiday season can take its toll on even the jolliest amongst us. The stress of holiday shopping, the cold weather and crazy family get-togethers can bring up feelings that range the gamut from panic to deep depression. Cannabis has been known to contain over 60 unique cannabinoids. This is how it is able to aid in lessening both anxiety and depression. Research on cannabinoids shows that compounds found in cannabis can increase serotonin levels through a balancing of the endocannabinoid system. Serotonin is one of the main controllers of mood. A study conducted at McGill University found that low doses of THC increased serotonin and decreased depressive states while high levels appeared to have the opposite effect.
#5 MENSTRUAL CRAMPS: As you go into the New Year, make a resolution to not let the pain, nausea and mood swings that sometime accompany “that time of the month” stop you from being your best. Cannabis can help ease the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome as well as the symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. This is because the endocannabinoid system is intricately connected to the endocrine system, which is responsible for regulating literally dozens of hormones in your body. Research has discovered that imbalances in the endocannabinoid system can have an effect on the pituitary gland (through the H-P-A axis), which can, in turn, exacerbate deficiencies in key reproductive hormones. Cannabis can restore balance to the endocannabinoid system and can be one of the factors that leads to the restoring of hormonal balance overall.
#4: HEADACHES/ MIGRAINE: According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine headaches are the third most prevalent and the sixth most disabling disease on the globe. Pharmaceutical drug therapies for migraine and chronic headache abound, but they often come with side effects that can be just as bad as having the headache itself. Small doses of cannabis appear to be effective for mimicking the body’s own brain chemicals and creating neurological balance that can lessen or even reverse a migraine. In fact, a new study (May 2016) conducted by the University of Colorado found that 85% of the patients surveyed had fewer migraines when using inhaled or ingested medical cannabis.
#3 SORE JOINTS, MUSCLE ACHES and FATIGUE: If you suffer from muscle aches and joint pain, cannabis may be able to help. Cannabis has been found to help with inflammation and pain associated with musculoskeletal discomfort such as osteo-arthritis as well as fibromyalgia and joint pain related to injury, especially if the pain is chronic.
#2 SLEEP AID: One way to stay sharp, bright and ready for the New Year is to get consistent, quality sleep because, let’s face it, when you don’t get a good night sleep, everything feels just a little off. Although some people can get away with a lot less and others need much more, the average person needs about 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night. Lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in melatonin production and the onset of disease, including cancer. Research has shown that cannabis can help with insomnia by contributing to a feeling of sleepiness. This quality is, of course, highly strain-specific: THC appears to be the cannabinoid that primarily promotes a feeling of rest and relaxation while CBD can cause wakefulness, suggesting that high-THC, low-CBD strains may be the best for overcoming bouts of sleeplessness.
#1 INSPIRATION! We hope that this year we at United Patients Group have provided you with content that has educated you about the medicinal value of this amazing plant called marijuana and inspired you to learn more! As you continue to use the site to find out about the HUNDREDS of ways cannabis can help you in your daily life and with your health, we hope you continue to be INSPIRED to share what you have learned with those you love!
Here is to a bright and wonderful 2017 for us all!