While THC is known for producing a psychoactive "high" for recreational users, medical marijuana patients and researchers recognize THC also has medicinal properties to it. THC is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant, and that is able to connect to receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system and in the brain and immune system. THC is already known for its ability to increase appetite, but this can be especially effective for treating nausea and vomiting and stimulating appetite in patients suffering from HIV or cancer. It has also effectively increased appetite in patient suffering from illnesses like anorexia or Alzheimer's. This helps users maintain a stable body mass.
Recently, CBD has been gaining a lot of attention for its efficacy in pain management, which could have a beneficial impact on the opioid epidemic. What isn't as well known, however, is that THC also has analgesic properties. Studies have found THC effectively treats pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, headaches, menstrual pain, chronic bowel inflammation, and nerve damage. A study from the University of Michigan involving 185 patients found medical cannabis users experienced a 45% increase in their quality of life. Lastly, it is thought THC may help those who suffer from anxiety or depression. THC has fewer side effects than the commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications, and it can increase serotonin levels which helps relieve depression.
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