Historically speaking, Central Asia is said to be the place from where cannabis originated. People have always used plants as medicines and cannabis is one of the oldest being used to treat different conditions. The existence of cannabis is known to go back to the Neolithic period that is about 4000 BC.
Leaves, flowers, seeds, and oil from the plant are consumed. Cannabis oil is green in color, concentrated, sticky, and highly volatile. 3-5 grams of oil is extracted from an ounce of the flower product. Cannabis oil can precisely be named as a product that can effectively treat many health problems ranging from migraines and anxiety to cancer. Oil is also used in perfumes, soaps, and candles in small amounts. Some of the health benefits are as follows:
11 Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabis Essential Oil
1. Anxiety and Stress Management
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the natural compound found in cannabis oil, known to be associated with the release of hormones that cause pleasure and relaxation of the mind. This helps to reduce stress and induces calmness. Stress has become a common and prominent health hazard in this busy, modern world.
High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and resulting heart malfunctions are being associated with the higher levels of stress present in this modern age. In a study published in 2013, it was revealed that a person in a stressful situation when subjected to cannabinoids present in cannabis oil, might find help in controlling emotional reactions. Cannabinoids were found to reduce effectively stress receptors in the brain. Military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, when treated with cannabis effectively reduced stress and restlessness.
2. Healthier Heart
Some heart-related diseases are due to the restrained and clogged blood vessels. Some studies carried out on some animals showed that cannabis oil helps dilate and relax blood vessels. The result of these animal studies was also found to be applicable to humans. Dilated blood vessels result in lower blood pressure which is good for heart health. High blood pressure is the main cause of heart attacks and strokes. Cannabis oil, with its antioxidant properties, helps prevent some cardiovascular diseases and lowers cholesterol. Improved circulation that results is vital for the heart health.
3. Analgesic Properties
Cannabis products are known to be used as a pain relieving agent even in the old days, in India and China. Cannabis products relieve chronic as well as acute pain. They exhibit anti-inflammatory properties as well. Pain is relieved by hindering neural transmission. A more comfortable healing is possible in the absence of pain. Different studies carried out to determine the suitable potency and dosage concluded that cannabis product used three times a day provide effective pain relief.
4. Fight against Cancer
Cancer is an ailment that has terrorized the human race for the longest period. Even in this modern age filled with the stories of continuous achievements, drugs, surgeries, procedures, and inventions, cancer is still a nightmare for many of us. Cannabis oil has been used in the laboratory experiments being performed against the terrible disease. Most of these experiments and research include animals.
The results are very promising, but it is better not to be overly optimistic until there are significant human-oriented positive results. Scientists, however, have been able to establish that different cannabinoids have been effective to kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing, hindering tumor formation and spreading of cancerous cells. Cannabis oil proved to be more effective when used along with chemotherapy medicines.
5. Eye Health
Cannabis oil is considered to be helpful in the fight against glaucoma and macular degeneration. Both these diseases can lead to gradual loss of proper vision. In Glaucoma there is a buildup of fluid in the eye putting too much pressure on the retina, lens and optic nerve. Use of cannabis oil helps reduce the intraocular pressure thus preventing glaucoma. The effect, however, is temporary, and the affected person needs to use cannabis oil every few hours.
6. Sound Sleep
Cannabis oil works wonders for people with sleeping disorders. It helps relax your body and mind. It reduces the heart rate and helps clear and relax your mind for a harmonious night’s sleep.
7. Good Appetite
Cannabis taken in any form helps increase your appetite. Use of the oil helps regulate your appetite, and it stimulates your stomach. It is therefore useful for people who want to increase their weight after an illness. It can also be helpful for people with dietary issues. It is known to trigger a hormone that causes hunger.
Cannabis products have an anti-inflammatory property, and they can cause dilation of bronchi. Asthma is caused by constriction of bronchi caused by allergies or inflammation. It is an ailment that affects millions of people around the globe. People have always been looking for a herbal relief to ease the inflammation and facilitate breathing. Cannabis has been used to treat asthma or thousands of years in China and India.
Cannabis oil is found to be helpful in skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis. External application of the oil is recommended. Stress and anxiety trigger these skin conditions, and cannabis products are known for alleviating stress. Cannabis oil treatment stimulates hair growth and adds shine to your hair. Use of cannabis oil helps fight acne and boosts the protective shield to fight everyday damage. It also eases the onset of age spots and wrinkles.
There is insufficient research that suggests that use of cannabis oil is good for treating and preventing seizures. Further studies are required, but it might prove beneficial for the treatment of epilepsy. The cannabinoids such as THC are helpful by affecting brain cells that are responsible for regulating relaxation.
11. Neurodegenerative Disorders
Naturally found cannabinoids in this oil slows down the onset of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme that makes them. Amyloid plaques if established kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s. It has also proved to be helpful in Parkinson’s disease patients by improving their fine motor skills.
For Your Safety:
This article shows how effective cannabis oil can be against some of the most serious illnesses; however, one must be cautious using something so potent and known to have psychotropic substances. Even though cannabis oil is known to have various benefits, it is important to keep in mind the medical history of a person when recommending them this wonderful gift of nature.Also, if you are using it for the first time, you should begin with the minimum amount. Mixing essential oils needs extreme caution and supervision by a professional.