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With how popular cannabis has become over the past decade, many consumers are just starting to discover everything the plant has to offer. However, there is a lot of contradicting and even slightly confusing information regarding marijuana and its effects. From its general therapeutic properties to its specific medicinal values and absolutely everything in between, today, we’re taking a deep dive into the benefits of marijuana.

Marijuana’s General Therapeutic Properties

In general, the benefits of marijuana are going to be different for every person. Just as every person reacts differently to certain medications, every person will respond uniquely to medicinal cannabis. However, there are a handful of common therapeutic properties that many consumers relish in experiencing.

Full-body feelings of total relaxation are quite popular from cannabis use of any kind. Many people turn to medicinal marijuana purely to help calm the mind and induce heavy body relief. Both physically and mentally, cannabis has been shown to help lower signs of stress and discomfort of varying degrees. Whether you’re plagued with racing thoughts or your body can’t get comfortable enough to unwind, cannabis’s therapeutic properties may be the answer.

With a relaxed mind and body also comes an impressive wave of pain relief. Cannabis’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties help tackle pains of all sorts, stemming from throughout the body— even in the most deep-seated, hard-to-reach places.

Other general benefits of marijuana include mood boosts, increased stimulation, help with sleeping, and so much more. Essentially, whatever your body needs most, marijuana’s cannabinoids are there to help.

Cannabis’ Medicinal Value

On top of these more generalized effects, cannabis also has substantial medicinal value. Again, it is imperative to stress that everybody will have a different reaction to cannabis. Not every person will experience the same benefits, as the effects are unique to you.

One of the cannabis plant’s most well-known medicinal values is its anti-inflammatory characteristics. When consumed, the cannabinoids within marijuana work to lower inflammation and regulate proper pain response in areas of your body that need it most. These anti-inflammatory properties are one of the main reasons cannabis can reduce pain so well: it is targeting discomfort at its source.

There is only one FDA-approved medication that currently contains cannabis, and this is for intractable seizure disorders. Cannabis’s ability to interact with muscle spasms and neurological complications of this sort is still being understood, but the positive effects are clear.

Of course, there are other medicinal properties that science is just now beginning to understand. In Missouri, for example, the qualifying conditions for getting an MMJ card span much broader. They allow medical marijuana cards for those suffering from:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Any Terminal Illness
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Debilitating Psychiatric Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s disease
  • IBS
  • Intractable Migraines
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Opioid Substitution
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Seizures
  • Wasting Syndrome

Though these are the qualifying conditions for Missouri, many medicinally legalized states list similar (if not identical) conditions.

Natural Medicine vs. Prescription Drugs 

On top of the supportive characteristics that cannabis brings, the plant is becoming increasingly more popular for its all-natural properties, too. Unlike prescription drugs we currently have on the market (and have easier access to), natural medicine like cannabis does not pose the same manufactured risks.

Practically any prescription medication you take, you will be reminded of a list of potentially harmful side effects. While some of these are manageable, just the effects of certain prescription medications can create serious complications, hindering your everyday life— despite its goal to do the opposite.

Of course, this is not to say that cannabis doesn’t have any harmful side effects; they’re just not nearly as severe. Side effects of cannabis overconsumption manifest in anxiety, fatigue, dry eyes, or increased appetite. Still, you cannot overdose with cannabis, and these uncomfortable side effects are much more easily combated than the serious consequences of most prescription drugs. Not to mention, there’s absolutely nothing manufactured about the pure cannabis plant.

Non-Addictive Qualities

Along with the plant’s gentle and not-so-serious side effects, one of marijuana’s main benefits is that it isn’t addictive. The plant itself does not have any addictive qualities, and it’s used, in many cases, to help curb the addiction to other substances.

Those struggling with cigarette or even opioid addictions have found solace through cannabis use. Medical marijuana’s characteristics help treat the reasons people turn to opioids and other drugs in the first place, all while working to balance you internally. Instead of masking the problem with other drugs and medications, cannabis can help you tackle the real root of the cause.

Varying Cannabinoids, Strains, and Forms!

Humans are not one-size-fits-all, and neither is cannabis! Marijuana’s versatility is incredibly impressive, and it’s something that we still don’t know fully about. Inside the cannabis plant, scientists have found at least one hundred different cannabinoids—from CBD to THC and CBN—with each compound playing a unique role. These varying cannabinoids produce specific effects between cannabis strains, creating a different experience every time you try something new.

Speaking of cannabis strains, there’s a perfect one out there for every smoker. Companies craft new strains every day, providing ample options in the cannabis market. Regardless of if you’re looking for something uplifting, something sedative, or something in between, there’s a strain out there for you. (You just have to find it!)

When it comes to cannabis, you can enjoy it in whatever way your heart desires. You can grind it up and smoke it in a joint or bowl, or place a few drops of THC oil directly under your tongue. Or, maybe you’re in the mood for a tasty infused treat! No matter what your go-to form is, you can celebrate the benefits of marijuana in whatever way makes you feel your best. And here at Elevate Holistics, that’s all that matters to us.

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About the author

Ally Hilbert is the Content and SEO Manager here at Elevate Holistics, working to publish and run Elevate’s blogs and landing pages, as well as conduct keyword research, competitor analysis, and more. After having brain surgery at the age of 17, Ally became fascinated with medical cannabis and its benefits, and, at 18, had her first CBD-related piece published. Today, she’s been writing about cannabis for the past six years, and simply can’t think of a better company to get to do it for. When she’s not writing or editing, Ally’s side-by-side with her pup Sadie in Seattle.
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