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Should Healthy People Start Using Cannabis?


This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and has been republished with permission.

With the growing awareness of the benefits of cannabis for the treatment of a multitude of evilsit would be normal for a healthy person to wonder if there are any benefits to using cannabis.

The truth is that cannabis can still be therapeutic and help even the healthiest people. You don’t have to be sick or ill to enjoy its health benefits. This herbal remedy is extremely powerful in helping to alleviate even the most minor events in our daily lives that can build up over time and make us sick, whether mentally, emotionally or physically.

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Understanding the endocannabinoid system

Before knowing how cannabis works in the human body, whether for sick or healthy people, it is essential to understand the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

As humans, we have another system that past biology classes failed to teach us: the endocannabinoid system. This complex system was first identified in the early 1990s, and while much of it is still a mystery, experts know it’s vital in helping to regulate many processes that keep us healthy. These include regulating our appetite, mood, sleep, fertility, reproduction, memory, inflammation and much more. It does this through the massive network of cellular receptors and chemical signals within the ECS.

Meanwhile, CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the brain as well as other parts of the body work to regulate other neurotransmitters. This is how cannabis helps to increase or decrease body functions such as sleep or hunger in order to achieve homeostasis. These receptors are further stimulated by endocannabinoids, which are compounds similar to the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, except that our human body produces our own. Although we have our own endocannabinoids in the body, the cannabinoids in the plant help the endocannabinoid system to work more efficiently and treat even minor ailments to promote balance throughout.

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Since the endocannabinoid system helps regulate many complex functions in the body, you don’t have to be sick for us to benefit from cannabis. Instead, think of cannabis as a vitamin or supplement that helps us stay healthier in the absence of disease thanks to its ability to solve problems such as endocannabinoid deficienciesnipping any potential disease in the bud.

How Cannabis Benefits Healthy People

Even the healthiest people are prone to such things as work stress, occasional anxiety, and vitamin deficiencies, to name a few. Here’s how cannabis can help you stay healthier:

  • Stress: Everyone is subject to stress at different levels. Whether stress is caused by work, the pressures of parenthood, family life, or anything else, constant exposure to stress has been scientifically proven to kill you. That’s why millions of people rely on cannabis during stressful times in life – it just makes you feel better immediately but, more importantly, it attacks the internal processes that are impacted by stress.

These can include fatigue, high blood pressure, migraines, headaches, abnormal heart rhythms, insomnia, etc. stress can also cause anxiety and depression. Studies show that microdosing cannabis is the most effective way to benefit from its anti-stress propertiesso you don’t have to smoke an entire joint to enjoy it when you have a rough day.

  • Muscle recovery: Regular exercise is essential for good health, but with fitness programs it is also important to pay attention to muscle recovery. Working out in the gym, trying a new yoga rhythm, or experimenting with a new workout — no matter how your fitness routine is made up, muscles are prone to aches, pain, and spasms.

It’s no secret that even elite athletes count on cannabidiol (CBD) as well as THC to aid in muscle repair and recovery after intense or light workouts. Delayed onset muscle soreness, also known as DOMS, is a common side effect of the workout regimen. Athlete or not, people who exercise regularly are prone to it, but lighting up with a puff or taking CBD orally can greatly reduce inflammation and pain associated with exercise.

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  • Mental Health: Of course, your tests show that you are physically fit and healthy. But what about your mental health? If you find yourself vulnerable to occasional anxiety, mood swings, depressive episodes or other mental disorders, cannabis is here to help.

People who suffer from these ailments turn to cannabis not only because it makes them feel happier or better. Studies show that THC plays an important role in emotion regulation, suggesting that the endocannabinoid system helps us process our emotions in healthier ways. A regular dose of cannabis can thus help us manage negative emotions so as not to affect interpersonal relationships or increase our stress level.

  • mindfulness: It can become too easy to get caught up in the mundane things of everyday life, so much so that we forget to live in the moment, especially since most people become addicted to their cell phones. This is why the practice of mindfulness has become increasingly attractive to people from all walks of life. The American Psychological Association (APA) says current research indicates that mindfulness practices are beneficial for improving cognitive processes that might otherwise lead to later problems such as heart disease and stress.

Various forms of cannabis can already help with the stress and anxiety that keep us from reaching a state of mindfulness. Whether it’s the relaxation offered by CBD or the mild psychoactivity of THC, a little is enough to feel happier and centered, no matter how busy or stressful our day would be without cannabis. Use it as a tool for your meditation and yoga sessions, or to reflect on the start or end of your day.

Conclusion

With these huge benefits on offer, there’s no reason why even healthy people can’t enjoy the impact cannabis has on the human body.

This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and has been republished with permission.



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