5 Diseases That THC Can Treat Really Well
THC may be the superstar cannabinoid because it’s responsible for getting you high. But there’s much more to THC than meets the eye: this valuable cannabinoid also has important and even life-saving health benefits.
While many research studies tend to veer toward CBD as a focus for the cannabis plant’s therapeutic benefits, THC has tricks up its sleeve too. This is great news for patients who are willing to medicate and don’t mind the buzz, since CBD is often preferred by patients who need the healing properties of cannabis but don’t want to get high. But despite the fact that THC is a reason why many doctors still don’t want to prescribe cannabis to patients, these studies show that THC address several medical conditions:
Studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system helps people get rid of negative memories. THC engages with the endocannabinoid system directly and impacts the memory, making it helpful for people suffering from nightmares, traumatic memories, and other debilitating symptoms that PTSD is associated with.
In 2014, a study analyzed the bronchial lung tissue in 88 human participants. Each of them were exposed to electrical field stimulation on purpose with the intention of making the lungs contract. They were also given THC and endogenous cannabinoid 2-AG and synthetic agonists of the CB 1 and 2 receptors. The researchers discovered that THC and certain agonists of the CB1 receptor were helpful in decreasing muscle contractions.
A 2013 study showed that you don’t even need a lot of THC to get relief from pain. Microdosing cannabis in doses of as low as 1.92% THC has been proven to provide significant pain relief. Another study published in the Smithsonian Magazine also revealed interesting insight on how THC works for pain relief: when patients administered THC, they simply notice the pain less, suggesting that the psychoactive properties of this cannabinoid helps distract patients from the pain.
THC alone has anti-cancer properties, but it’s best used in combination with CBD to get the full benefits of the entourage effect. Even Rick Simpson was able to cure his cancer by developing a THC-rich oil, and even the American Cancer Institute admits that THC can treat different kinds of cancer.
Research shows that THC is useful in providing relief from glaucoma. Up to 65% of the participants who were treated with THC showed a decrease in ocular pressure, and this effect lasted for a few hours. What this means for glaucoma patients is that they would have to medicate regularly throughout the day to obtain significant and long-lasting relief from glaucoma.
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