Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is more than just the cannabinoid that makes gets you stoned. It also possesses numerous health benefits similar to CBD. That being said, THC, as a medicine, is not as popular as CBD and one of the reasons why is because CBD, compared to THC, is nonpsychoactive. You could say that people “feel safer” on CBD than THC. But what many people don’t realize though is that CBD could be made even more effective with just a little THC in it.
These two cannabinoids work harmoniously in promoting a healthier mind and body. If you’re worried about THC causing psychoactive effects when mixed with CBD, don’t. CBD, studies have shown, has the ability to diminish THC’s psychoactive effects, so you can try using the two together to get the most of each cannabinoid’s respective and combines beneficial properties.
Like any cannabis product, it is important to go slowly and determine what dose works for you. When consuming edibles some prefer to take about five to ten milligrams at most while others may take several hundred milligrams! Just as there are some that only need a single puff of flower and others that prefer a whole large joint to themselves. No one person is doing it right or wrong. They are finding the amount of THC (or CBD) that works for them and their body. THC can be incredibly beneficial but it essential that you listen to your body/mind and how it reacts to it if you are going to use it for your health.
Below are the top 10 THC benefits to our health.
Can Kill Cancer Cells
According to the World Health Organization, 18.1 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed last 2018. Cancer has also claimed the lives of about 9.6 million people that same year. These numbers have risen compared to previous years’ data. While chemotherapy can control cancer cells, it also has negative side effects that slow down the patient’s recovery. Moreover, the drugs used in chemotherapy can also kill healthy cells.
Studies show that THC can not only kill cancer cells but also prevent them from growing and spreading to other parts of the body. But unlike chemotherapy drugs, THC does not harm the healthy cells. Chemotherapy used in conjunction with THC is often recommended.
Relieves Glaucoma by Reducing Intraocular Pressure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that glaucoma is the second primary cause of blindness in the world. This disease is characterized by increased intraocular pressure that damages several eye structures. Left untreated, it can lead to blindness. Studies have shown that THC can decrease intraocular pressure by as much as 60% to 65%. This decrease in pressure helps relieve glaucoma symptoms.
Helps Control Seizures
Antiepileptic drugs can effectively control seizures. However, there are certain types of epilepsy, like Dravet Syndrome, that are resistant to antiepileptic drugs. Drug-resistant epileptic children treated with a combination of CBD and THC oil exhibited a decrease in the number of their seizure activities. The oil was also able to reduce the severity and duration of their epileptic seizures.
Helps Lessen Pain
Pain is probably the most common symptom that tells us that something is wrong in our body. In fact, most medical conditions, be it acute or chronic, will manifest some type of pain. One of THC’s top benefits is its ability to reduce pain. A potent analgesic, THC can even decrease pain caused by nerve damage. Some chronic painful conditions that THC can help include migraine attacks, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, and many other conditions.
Pain and inflammation are closely related. Where there is pain, there is bound to be some inflammation, even if it is not severe. When there is inflammation, there will be some pain when you touch the affected area. This is because the inflammatory process also triggers the release of pain-signaling chemicals, and the release of these chemicals triggers more immune cells to the injured area.
THC has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. It decreases inflammation by inducing the death of abnormal immune cells. In skin conditions like acne, for example, you can try applying a small amount of THC oil which can help reduce future acne breakouts. A few drops of CBD and THC oil under the tongue can also help improve several medical conditions exacerbated by inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s Disease.
Can Help Improve Mental Health
Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders affect millions of people worldwide. These mental health issues prevent people from enjoying life. They also contribute to the development of other chronic medical problems as well. THC can benefit people with mental health problems in a lot of ways. The THC helps to increase relaxation and normalizes mood and is often used to calm the anxious mind as well as reduces panic attacks.
It should be noted however that some mental illnesses do not interact well with THC, such as those associated with psychosis. It is important to know your family history and understand if you are predisposed to a certain mental illness that could be worsened by introducing psychoactive cannabinoids. THC and mental health interact differently for everybody and no one person is the same. Take it slow, learn what works for you, and don’t try and self medicate with cannabis if it can potentially worsen your problem.
Slows Down the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
An estimated number of 50 million individuals have dementia. The majority of these individuals have Alzheimer’s with the disease accounting for about 60% to 70% of the cases. Some researchers have claimed that THC benefits people with Alzheimer’s disease as they found that it can slow down the progression of this disease by reducing the formation and accumulation of amyloid plaques and tau protein in the brain. These two change the brain’s structures and cause brain cell dysfunction and death.
Normalizes Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Levels
High blood sugar and cholesterol levels significantly contribute to the development of diabetes, heart problems, and stroke. Obesity also increases the risks of developing these chronic diseases.
Studies have revealed that THC can benefit people with high blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They show that THC lowers insulin resistance, making our cells more sensitive to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that carries glucose into the cells, allowing our body to use it as a source of energy.
Additionally, using THC oil also helps lower bad cholesterol levels in the body. It helps control abdominal fat as well as increase the levels of good cholesterol.
We’re always exposed to bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. What protects us from these harmful microorganisms is our immune system. If these microorganisms manage to enter the body, it can often result in an infection. A healthy immune system is oftentimes enough to fight common infections. But if the infection is severe, the use of antibiotics and antiviral drugs is needed. Unfortunately, misuse and/or overuse of these drugs have resulted in superbugs. Superbugs cause infections that can no longer be controlled by even the strongest antibiotics. THC has potent antibacterial effects. One study even showed that THC has the ability to kill Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is one of the deadliest bacteria in the world.
Prevents Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of many diseases and illnesses. It can be caused by digestive problems, allergies, severe liver disease, stress and anxiety disorders, cluster headaches, hormonal deficiencies, and kidney disease. Nausea and vomiting can even be a side effect of medications such as chemotherapy drugs. Antiemetic drugs can control nausea and vomiting. But sometimes these symptoms are so severe that they fail to respond to conventional treatment methods. Not only can nausea and vomiting weaken the body, but they also slow down the recovery process.
THC benefits people with severe nausea and vomiting by modulating the brain centers responsible for these physiological functions. THC also acts on the digestive system itself in controlling nausea and vomiting. These THC benefits can help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Using a combination of CBD and THC oil suppresses nausea and vomiting, allowing the body to absorb the nutrients it needs to recover.
Just because THC has psychoactive effects doesn’t mean that it is the “bad” cannabinoid or anything to fear. There are numerous THC benefits that are helpful to the human body. The combination of CBD and THC oil can control several symptoms caused by chronic diseases. CBD and THC oil can also help maintain a healthy mind and body. Try some and see what if it works for you!