The medicinal use of cannabis dates back a few thousand years. CBD has been benefiting people long before the compound was studied. Its recognition has been volatile, as for a long time cannabis has been made illegal in most places, despite its known benefits.
Which brings us to June 2018, the month that the recreational use of cannabis was made legal nationwide in Canada – which in September its commercialization began. Adults are allowed to possess up to one ounce (30 grams) in public. Any more than this is illegal, and growing any more than four plants per household also illegal.
The legality of growing from home is a huge win for Canada. Online shops like Seedsman provide affordable seeds to start growing cannabis and avoid the tax levies that the government has looked to exploit from its legalization. The process of buying feminised seeds online and creating a prosperous environment for the plant can be rewarding – and having full autonomy over this process is a great way to customize the product.
So, let’s dive into the benefits and
medical use of cannabis, as this is certainly going to be important even
with the recreational users – there is an overlap in why we use
cannabis, which is its beauty.
Firstly, let’s clear up the confusion between CBD and THC. With the rise of CBD oil over the past year, many are believing this is the only benefit of the cannabis plant. CBD does have many health benefits, but so does THC. They have different uses, but can both be utilized from one product.
THC is the compound that is psychoactive i.e. it makes you “high”. THC can improve appetite as well as reduce nausea. This is particularly important among cancer patients who suffer from a reduced appetite and vomiting from chemotherapy. THC can also decrease pain, act as an anti-inflammatory and help with muscle control problems.
CBD overlaps a little, but is still very different. It is not psychoactive but it does a great job of reducing pain and inflammation. The compound also helps control epileptic seizures, and is vital for many across the world suffering from epilepsy. CBD also has been used to treat mental illness. In particular, it can help people control their addiction issues with alcohol and other drugs.
Both THC and CBD have been shown in some research of showing signs of slowing the growth of cancer cells, and increasing the cancer-killing effects of radiation (when used in conjunction with each other).
The BBC reports “Smoking cannabis from a pipe can significantly reduce chronic pain in patients with damaged nerves”. This is perhaps the most wide-used reason for medicinal cannabis. It has become easy to treat your own back pain (as well as other nerve pains) with cannabis, and reap a lot of rewards.
Cannabis (particularly for those with
chronic pain) helps reduce anxiety and improves sleep. It can help us
sleep with less negative symptoms of sleeping pills, that make us drowsy
when we wake up.
Cannabis is not yet a fully-researched substance. Like with any substance, it can be abused to which there are negative effects. Despite this, it remains an incredibly useful product and has helped improve the lives of millions. Before getting started on growing cannabis, it is advised to research more about the cannabis law.