Health Benefits of Cannabis

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By now it's no surprise that cannabis can offer a wide range of medicinal benefits for a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms. Here are a few ways cannabis can help patients improve their health:

Cannabis has the ability to attack cancer cells. According to a study published in 2014 in the Molecular Cancer Therapies medical journal, researchers from St. George's University of London found marijuana killed certain cancer cells and reduced the size of others in animal trials. They found whole-plant extracts shrank some of the most serious types of brain tumors. Cannabis can also tackle arthritic pain, and Canada has been using it to treat arthritis since 2001. Those who suffer from lupus can benefit from cannabis' ability to manage chronic pain and reduce swelling. Contrary to the beliefs of many, cannabis is not as harmful on the lungs as previously thought. In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found moderate amounts of cannabis consumption might actually improve lung capacity. Taking either CBD or THC before falling asleep can help improve one's overall sleep. Lastly, findings published in the American Journal of Medicine suggest cannabis can actually help you lose weight. 

This information has been adapted from Black Enterprise and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.