Does Cannabis Do a Body Good? Exploring the Effects of Cannabis on the Immune System

Does Cannabis Do a Body Good?

Exploring the Effects of Cannabis on the Immune System.

For years, individuals have enjoyed the benefits of medical marijuana. From decreased pain and anxiety to increased appetite and better sleep patterns, cannabis plays a significant role in improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.

But is there proof that cannabis can boost the immune system?

While social acceptance of medical marijuana continues to grow, so does researchers’ interest in the benefits that this inconspicuous, yet highly beneficial plant can bring to the clinical setting. The limited quantifiable and qualitative research that has been done on the impact marijuana has had on the immune system has yielded sporadic and inconsistent results. In-depth clinical research into marijuana’s many benefits, including those on the human immune system are just starting.

As cancers, autoimmune disorders and other life-altering and infectious conditions continue to affect patients, there are still many unanswered questions in the scientific arena. But one thing is for certain – ask anyone who has used cannabis to ease their symptoms and they will tell you how it has served as an effective anti-inflammatory remedy.

It’s a long-held truth that if an individual decreases inflammation, it becomes one less thing the body needs to exert energy on repairing. Cannabis also helps increase beneficial restorative sleep, which again, helps the body recharge and create energy to tackle more significant problems. Decreasing stress levels plays a significant role, as well. If you’re stressed, the immune system redirects its focus and is less able to fight off antigens, which makes us more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

So, while the clinical jury may be out, plenty of practical experiences seem to validate that cannabis can help more than hinder the human condition.