By Thipe Maelane
There are over 400 chemical compounds in marijuana, the chemical compound that causes intoxication or the ‘high’ is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, marijuana consists of a secondary compound cannabidiol (CBD) which has gained recent popularity for its myriad of healing properties.
Cancer– Some studies on cancer cells suggest that CBD may either slow down the growth of or kill some types of cancer. However, early studies that tested this hypothesis in humans revealed that although cannabinoids are a safe treatment, they are not effective at controlling or curing cancer.
Alzheimer’s– An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of the Alzheimer’s disease.
Arthritis– Researchers have announced that marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with arthritis.
Epilepsy– Evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports, and small clinical studies over a number of years suggest that CBD could potentially help control seizures. Some studies have shown that CBD, seems to help people with treatment-resistant epilepsy.
Lung Health– There’s a fair amount of evidence that marijuana does no harm to the lungs, unless you also smoke tobacco. One study published in Journal of the American Medical Association found that not only does marijuana not impair lung function, it may even increase ones lung capacity.
The healing properties of marijuana are still being researched in different medical fields in every part of the world and new discoveries are being made each day. There have been more than twenty-three health benefits that have been researched and recorded associated with the use of marijuana. Countries such as Israel have invested heavily in marijuana medical research and are revolutionising the health care and treatment industry.