Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 3.

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It is now time to conclude our discussion of the health benefits of medical marijuana in the third post of our series.

While medical marijuana is know for its internal benefits, it can also benefit the body topically as well. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have antioxidant properties that make them able to protect the body from oxidative stress, and thereby prevent skin damage and aging. Through vaping or using topical applications, medical marijuana can provide various skin benefits. There are now a wide range of products available to help women relieve the aches and pains that come along with menstruation. There aren’t many studies regarding cannabis and menstruation specifically, but women have been attesting to the benefits of the plant, and studies have found cannabis reduces nausea, relieves pain, and reduces muscle spasms, suggesting it could have powerful benefits for the symptoms that coincide with periods.

Marijuana has often been associated with unhealthy habits like increasing appetite and falling for cravings known as the “munchies.” Contrary to the belief that marijuana may cause weight gain, it may actually do the opposite and help users maintain a healthy weight. In one study, 13,000 adults who used marijuana consistently had smaller waists and 3% lower BMI than those who abstained, even in spite of their higher caloric consumption. Some researchers suggest marijuana may produce these results by helping our bodies digest blood sugar more quickly and efficiently. Marijuana may also help relieve the digestive system of disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may be because marijuana can interact with the endocannabinoid system, which in turn can help treat the condition and control the movement of food within the gut.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer, and this concludes our post on the many ways marijuana may contribute to better overall health.