While many people consume marijuana for recreational purposes, millions more use it as a medicine. That is because marijuana is now considered as a wonder drug due to its amazing healing properties, helping to relieve the symptoms of dozens of health conditions. With the legalization of this weed, it might become a daily staple for millions of more people in the coming years. Thus, marijuana is not just a weed that makes you high. You may already know that marijuana can be used as a medicine, but you may be unsure of how exactly it is used. Nowadays, cannabis has gained a lot of popularity for its health benefits. In some countries, people can even grow their plants at home, having an ACMPR License. These are acquirable with the guidance of sites like Cannabis Growing Canada.
Let's take a closer look at some lesser-known uses of marijuana.
An Alternative to Painkillers:
While opioids are being used as painkillers, they are damaging to communities. It's easy to get hooked on these painkillers, and many people die as a result. However, marijuana is a potential alternative to these opioid painkillers. Though there is a need to conduct a lot more research in this regard, medical marijuana is still a viable option than opioids to treat chronic pain.
Another great benefit of using marijuana is that it is highly effective in fighting depression. Mental illness and depression are becoming a bigger issue these days, increasing the importance of antidepressants. Depression affects 7% of the American population. Recent studies are showing that marijuana can help ease depression and stabilize your mood.
Anxiety and panic attacks are closely related to depression, and marijuana can also help regulate them. In order to use marijuana to treat anxiety issues, you should know certain types of strains that can help alleviate anxiety. Smoking marijuana is reported to reduce the levels of anxiety and stress in the short term. Thus, more and more people are using marijuana to manage generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is also an anxiety disorder and marijuana is also believed to manage this mental issue when used with the right combinations of cannabinoids. However, it is necessary to get the right chemical composition of marijuana strains to treat OCD effectively. You can also grow your required marijuana strains at home. Male or female buds also affect the quality of the marijuana so you must know the difference between them.
Regulate Your Appetite:
Marijuana can be actually used to help regulate your appetite when you are suffering from eating disorders. It helps regulate your metabolism. Of course, you will also need to follow a proper diet and get enough exercise, but cannabis can seriously help manage your appetite. It can help you lose weight.
Perhaps the most exciting reason behind the legalization of marijuana is its power to fight cancer. Research indicates that marijuana has the ability to slow down the growth of cancer cells, meaning that it could become a new weapon for the oncologists to treat cancers. However, there is a lot more research to be done in this regard but many cancer patients use cannabis to make chemotherapy a pleasant experience.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist