The marijuana plant has become one of the most popular plants in the world. Also known as cannabis, the plant has many different uses including medicinal, recreational, and industrial. People are very about cannabis, wondering why it’s so popular and what the best ways are to consume it? In this article, I will answer some of those questions. Read on!
There Are Many Ways to Consume
First let’s talk about how to consume cannabis. There are many ways, which is another reason why it has become popular. For many people who just getting into smoking or consuming cannabis, the easiest and simplest method would be using a bong like one of these, or a water pipe. Another simple method would be marijuana cigarettes, or joints, which only require cannabis and rolling papers.
One of the more popular methods of consuming cannabis are edibles (sometimes known as gummies), since the effects of these last around 6 to 8 hours. If you are experiencing pain, an edible would provide you with relief for the entire day. Now, on to the benefits!
It Reduces Anxiety and Depression
One of the main reasons why cannabis has become so popular in recent years is because research shows that it’s quite effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Many people are unaware of what percentage of the population suffers from anxiety and depression; numbers show about 4% of the total global population suffers from anxiety, whereas 5% of people suffer from depression.
Marijuana seems to help with anxiety and depression, as far as research shows, because of how it interacts with the amygdala, which is the area of the brain that is responsible for the perception of fear. However, it’s important to note that small amounts of marijuana seem to be good at treating anxiety and depression, whereas larger amounts might increase it.
It is Great for Alleviating Pain
Another reason why cannabis has become very popular over the last few years, and why more people are consuming it, is because it is great for the treatment of pain. The primary reason for marijuana’s effectiveness in treat paining in are its anti-inflammatory properties.
More than that, the THC and CBD found within the marijuana plant interact with the body’s pain receptors, either changing the signals or blocking them entirely. Marijuana is the best choice for pain relief compared to current treatments such as prescription painkillers, which can be quite addictive and have negative side effects.
Helps Improve Sleep
Recent statistics show that 70% of the American population suffers from a sleep disorder. To put that into numbers, that would be about 70 million people every year. This leads us to the third reason why cannabis is being consumed more often and has reached high levels of popularity; it can help to improve sleep quality.
Aside from sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression, as well as chronic pain, are some of the primary reasons why many people experience poor sleep quality. Since cannabis is effective at treating chronic pain as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, an improvement in sleep quality is a natural benefit.
It’s Relatively Affordable
As mentioned above, cannabis is great for treating pain, improving quality of sleep, as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. For many people suffering from those conditions, buying different medications can be very expensive. Cannabis, on the other hand, is relatively cheap in comparison.
If you are wondering how cheap; you can buy 2 normal-sized joints for around $5-10, but a bottle of Tylenol, which is an over-the-counter pain killer, will cost about $14 for 50 tablets. At first glance, this might not appear cheaper, however, it’s important to keep in mind that you can reduce pain effectively with just 3 pulls of a joint which, if smoked every day, will last about 7 days.
It Lowers Blood Pressure
Another benefit of marijuana usage, which has made it quite popular, is the fact that it can lower your blood pressure. Many people suffering from conditions that cause an increase in blood pressure are very relieved by this since the cost of blood pressure medication can be very expensive; you could pay as much as $100 for 30 tablets.
Do a little research and you’ll be able to figure out what kind of cannabis consumption is right for you.
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