If you’re on the fence about whether to try cannabis either medically or recreationally, it might help to know some of the ways cannabis has improved the lives of the people who regularly use it. These are some of the most common benefits of using cannabis that users report.
Reduces Anxiety and Stress
Even if you’re not one of the 40 million people in America suffering from an anxiety disorder, that doesn’t mean you don’t feel anxious sometimes. And let’s face it, stress is simply part of our daily lives, nearly inescapable. Even today’s relentlessly political climate bombards us with terrible news every day. Cannabis is a safe and effective way to free your mind from negative thinking and alter your perspective, if only for a little while. It can help you decompress, forget what’s bothering you and to feel less anxious about situations, social or otherwise.
Helps GI Problems
Whether it’s illness or lifestyle related, a lot of people suffer from digestive and gastrointestinal issues. Cannabis has long been lauded for helping cancer patients recover their appetite, reduce nausea and relieve pain after chemotherapy. It can not only help with those issues but its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve symptoms of conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s Disease.
Insomnia is an evil that causes millions of people to live sleep-deprived lives, struggling to make it through their days in a cognitive fog. Insomnia comes in two flavors – struggling to fall asleep and struggling to stay asleep. Where people not suffering from insomnia typically fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed, an insomniac might lie awake for several hours, exhausted but unable to fall asleep. Cannabis is especially helpful in this case, as some indica strains can cause heavy sedation without the need for over-the-counter or prescription medications. The right strains will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to all kinds of problems from irritability, confusion and even fatal accidents. Drowsy driving is responsible for more than 1,500 deaths annually!
Provides Pain Relief
Millions of people deal with chronic or reoccurring pain, especially as we move through the aging process. Cannabis is an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory which can easily eliminate the minor aches and pains that most of us experience. Some people find it works just as well for moderate to severe pain issues, while others may use it to supplement another pain control method allowing them to reduce their dose of opiates. In 2015, 33,000 Americans died from opiate overdoses. Cannabis has zero risk of fatal overdose. Eliminating or reducing pain in your life has many positive effects on everything from mood to energy levels.