The British press is known for sensationalising and exaggerating. Not when it comes to the positives of cannabis, however.
With that in mind, here are some facts about cannabis that you may not find reported in the mainstream media.
1. People are replacing dangerous pharmaceuticals with Cannabis
It is without a doubt that the US (and to some extent the UK) are currently experiencing large amounts of unnecessary deaths as a result of opioid use. In the US, the issue has been declared a national emergency, such is the severity of the problem.
Studies have shown that in states with medical cannabis availability, opioid use is reduced significantly, in some cases by up to a third. There are also economic benefits from medical cannabis as spending on opioid prescriptions is reduced.
A brand new study has even found that the widespread availability of CBD-rich cannabis in Italy resulted in a significant drop in the use of opioids, anti-anxiety medicines, and sedatives.
2. Small amounts of CBD can reduce blood pressure
It was discovered in a 2017 study that blood pressure can be quickly reduced by the consumption of only a single dose of CBD.
High blood pressure is a huge killer in the US and UK, so shouldn’t we be addressing this issue with non-toxic CBD instead of the other more dangerous pharmaceutical options?
3. Alzheimer’s appears to be preventable with the use of cannabis
A number of studies are pointing towards the fact that cannabis use may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. One study in 2011 showed that CBD could have significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Other research has demonstrated that CBD may be able to stop neural degeneration.
Yet another study has shown that amyloid plaques, which are responsible for causing the symptoms of dementia, can be removed by cannabinoids. In this case, it was actually the cannabinoid THC which reduced the amyloid plaques.
4. Cannabis is very effective at stopping Parkinson’s tremors
One of the worst aspects of Parkinson’s Disease is the debilitating tremors experienced by sufferers. A 2011 study was able to demonstrate that cannabinoids can help to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors.
The research also revealed that some cannabinoids show ‘a promising pharmacological profile for delaying disease progression in Parkinson’s Disease’.
5. Cannabis can kill cancer cells in various way
There are a plethora of studies online that confirms cannabis can kill cancer cells in animal models, although very little of this investigation has unfortunately made its way to human beings because of the farce of cannabis prohibition.
Some of the first ever human trials of cannabis and cancer began in 2017 by the ubiquitous GW Pharmaceuticals using cannabis oil they have produced themselves containing THC and CBD.
This study was able to show longer survival rates in brain cancer patients treated with medical cannabis oil.
Earlier research carried out by a team led by Manuel Guzman in Spain in 2006 study showed that the death of tumor cells was increased by the administration of THC.