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Improve Your Overall Health with Medical Marijuana

how marijuana can improve your overall health

Want yet another reason to get an Alabama Marijuana Card? How about this: Alabama is ranked 45th in the nation in healthcare.

That’s right: Out of 50 states, Alabama is number 45 when it comes to healthcare. We are above the national averages for population without health insurance, preventable hospitalizations, and obesity.

And what does that have to do with medical marijuana? Well you know that you can treat specific qualifying conditions with marijuana, but did you know that medical marijuana can also improve your overall health?

Now you can only get an Alabama Marijuana Card if you have one of the qualifying conditions, but while you’re using medical marijuana to treat your PTSD or depression, for example, your overall health may end up improving in a number of ways. And for a state sitting at number 45 in healthcare, that’s good news.

Cannabis May Help Fight Cancer

Here is an exciting development in the medical marijuana world: CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, according to researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center.

And Business Insider reports that some preliminary studies have shown that THC and CBD can slow and shrink cancerous tumors in mice and cell cultures.

Now this line of research is still in its early stages, so don’t get too excited and think that your medical marijuana usage means you’ll never develop cancer, but so far the findings are encouraging. As Business Insider said, these preliminary results are “a strong reason to do more research.”

Marijuana May Help With Weight Management

Yes, marijuana users are likely to eat more calories than non-users (probably due to those infamous munchies), but they’re also likely to be skinnier and to have healthier metabolic reactions to sugars.

As a professor of neuroscience at Ohio State University told Men’s Health, “Marijuana receptors live on your mitochondria, the power plants that give us energy. It turns out that they have THC receptors and they’re involved in regulating your energy use. What we speculate is that marijuana is getting in there and altering your ability to burn through calories, in spite of the munchies.”

Alabama has the nation’s 7th highest obesity rate. And when you consider all of the negative health outcomes associated with obesity, it’s plain to see that anything that can help Alabamans keep the weight away is a good thing.

  • Death

  • High blood pressure

  • High “bad” cholesterol and low “good” cholesterol

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Coronary heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Many types of cancer

  • Low quality of life

  • Mental illness

  • Body pain

  • Sleep apnea and breathing

The more obese a person is, the more likely they are to experience one or more of these health problems. And if a person is a marijuana user? Well then they’re less likely to be obese, and therefore less likely to face these concerns.

Marijuana Can Improve the Quality of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, and enough good sleep, your health could pay a heavy price.

From an increased risk of diabetes to a weakened immune system to a diminished sex drive, better sleep can help you fend off a long list of health problems.

And if you’re looking for better sleep, marijuana, specifically CBD, might be what you’re looking for. According to the Sleep Foundation, “CBD can help with a number of sleep disorders, including insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, and excessive daytime sleepiness disorder. Additional preliminary research suggests CBD can also help patients improve sleep and reduce anxiety.”

Give Your Workouts a Boost with Marijuana

Even many elite athletes are now turning to marijuana to help them improve their performances, because of the way marijuana can aid them in their recovery from workouts.

To get the most out of your workouts, you need to get plenty of recovery between them. According to Everyday Health, exercise stresses the body and causes inflammation.

But that isn’t a bad thing. When your body’s immune system goes to work on the body tissues you damaged while exercising, those tissues come back just a little more fit than they had been. As a result, you won’t suffer as much damage the next time you perform the same workout.

It’s the damage-recovery cycle that leads to improved fitness, and marijuana can help improve that cycle.

“After a 30- to 40-mile run, I’ll sit down, and my legs will keep throbbing and pounding; it’s like they think they’re still supposed to be going,” Avery Collins told Men’s Journal. “That’s when the CBD compounds help tremendously. They calm down your legs and, because they’re anti-inflammatory, let them recover faster.”

It was found in a study published in the peer-reviewed Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found that athletes who used marijuana improved their pain tolerance, allowing them to shorten recovery periods and therefore enabling them to work out more often and more strenuously.

“CBD has become part of my all-natural recovery system that I use throughout the day to help with pain and inflammation,” soccer star Megan Rapinoe told Forbes. “Instead of taking Advil or other pain management meds, I've almost exclusively substituted with Mendi CBD products.”

Some research even suggests that marijuana may improve lung function, which could give you a little something extra during aerobic exercise.

Marijuana Can Help Treat Anxiety

Anxiety is bad enough, to say nothing of the related physical and psychological issues it can lead to.

From extreme fatigue to muscle aches and pains to high blood pressure, anxiety is not just a feeling of nervousness. It can be a drag on your overall health in numerous ways.

Fortunately, anxiety is another condition medical marijuana can help treat.

Although Alabama does not yet include anxiety as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, many states do, and for good reasons.

According to research published by the American Psychological Association, patients “who used cannabis to treat a range of medical problems including anxiety, had largely improved cognitive performance, reduced clinical symptoms and anxiety-related symptoms as well as a reduced use of conventional medications, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and other mood stabilizers and antidepressants.”

Start Treating Your Qualifying Condition and Improving Your Overall Health Today

Why wait any longer to find out if medical marijuana can help you experience the same health benefits it has given so many others?

Reserve an evaluation today, and we’ll book an appointment for you with one of our highly trained doctors just as soon as Alabama’s medical marijuana program is up and running.

You’ll discuss your condition and options from the safety and convenience of your own home in a virtual appointment using your smartphone or computer. Not only that, but you’ll also save $25 off the cost of the appointment!

And if you and your doctor decide that medical marijuana isn’t right for you, we’ll refund the entire cost of the appointment. You have nothing to lose, and the potential to reach an all-new level of health and wellness!

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