When it comes to cannabis consumption, long before cannabis stores, same day weed delivery, and tasty mail order edibles, it wasn’t just about getting high and eating munchies. Origins of marijuana have a long history of human use that didn’t grow the plant to get high. Dating as far back as 500 BC, it’s one of the oldest cultivated plants in East Asia and has been grown for grain and fibre, as well as recreational, medical, and ritual uses.
CBD and THC are two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus and although they both interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system and have similar structures; they don’t have the same psychoactive effects. While CBD is psychoactive, it doesn’t produce the same high as THC. With that being said, when you’re not getting your THC delivery, here are the top 5 uses for cannabis that don’t involve getting high.
Pain & Chronic Illness
Historically, cannabis was used to treat mild to severe pain and was traditionally used as a treatment for illnesses. Before the ban in the 1940s, marijuana was discovered for its pain-relieving properties and has since been used to treat a wide variety of painful conditions, from migraines to even the pain of childbirth. With the ban, the choice of drug for severe pain was opioids but the downside turned out to be that it is highly addictive and can even cause respiratory arrest. According to this study on the Analgesic Potential of Cannabinoids, it suggests that marijuana is a safer option and a far more efficient painkiller, giving patients an alternative to the more hazardous opioids.
Even among children, CBD in marijuana is also helpful in controlling seizures. In June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.
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Anxiety and Depression
Scientific studies have shown that CBD has antidepressant-like effects because it impacts the brain’s natural receptors for serotonin – a chemical that is produced by the body’s nerve cells and impacts everything from emotions to motor skills, it’s also considered a natural mood stabilizer. While CBD is still technically considered psychoactive because it is a mood-altering substance, it won’t give you the traditional high that you might get from THC. Ultimately, CBD’s ability to regulate and stabilize feelings of over-stimulation make it the optimum route for effectively reducing feelings of anxiety. For more information, be sure to read Cannabis & COVID-19 Anxiety. Have a pet at home? Read our article on how CBD can help your furry best friend with pain and anxiety!
If you’re interested in following the journey about how a cannabis ambassador was able to turn her life around after struggling with substance abuse that was brought on by needing medication for Crohn’s disease, anxiety, and depression, check out our article on Jacqui Childs.
Dispensaries in Canada have come a long way from when hemp was first introduced to the Canadian market over 20 years ago. Hemp can be used for an abundance of things. Fibre from stalks can be used in making paper, textiles, rope or twine, and construction materials. Grain from industrial hemp can be used in food products, cosmetics, plastics, and fuel. Because hemp grows faster than trees and other crops, it’s considered to be a more sustainable way of making products like paper and textiles.
Hemp seeds have become quite popular in today’s health culture and many people consider it to be a superfood. The seeds have a rich nutritional profile and provide a range of health benefits; it is rich in protein, fibre, and healthful fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s. They also have antioxidant effects and may reduce symptoms of numerous ailments, improving the health of the heart, skin, and joints. Read the full article here.
Sleep & Insomnia
According to a 2018 Health Report from Statistics Canada on the Prevalence of Insomnia for Canadians aged 6 to 79, about 25% of Canadian adults are dissatisfied with their sleep. According to the American Sleep Association, 50 to 70 million Americans experience symptoms of a sleep disorder.
A study published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety and within the first month, 79.2% of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7% reported better sleep. More research tells us that CBD affects the sleep cycle and another study in 2014 found that it improved the symptoms of REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) which is associated with poor sleep and nightmares. Think it can only help at night? This 2017 review shows potential for treating excessive daytime sleepiness!
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Although the type of stimulation you would normally associate with cannabis isn’t the type of stimulation that would come to mind with exercise – research has shown that more people are lighting up pre- and post-workout. Two of the main reasons? Motivation and recovery.
According to the study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Public Health, “participants who use cannabis before and/or after exercise reported that they exercised more, and had positive attitudes about co-use on exercise, which implies cannabis may be a useful tool for exercise among some users. In other words, sedentary cannabis users, particularly those who attribute low physical activity to concerns about recovery, motivation, or enjoyment, may benefit from co-use, provided that they select low-risk exercise options that do not compromise safety during intoxication.”
If you’re like most of us and haven’t exercised in a long time, you’re probably worried about the recovery. Lucky for you, you can scroll right back up to the top of this article and start all over. 😅 Before you do that, you’ll want stop by your favourite online cannabis store so you are fully prepared and ready to take on the world.
CBD is used to help with other various conditions, such as:
- psychosis or mental disorders
- inflammatory bowel disease
THC is used to help with the following:
Chart by Healthline.
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