Many people are on the fence when it comes to medical marijuana. Whether or not it actually has any health benefits at all is an age-old debate, even with new scientific evidence coming out every single day proving otherwise. But for some reason lots of people around the world still just can’t get on board with the idea of using cannabis as a treatment for chronic diseases and temporary ailments. If you are one of these people, keep reading – you might just be persuaded into reconsidering your thoughts on cannabis as a treatment. Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about medical marijuana.

  1. Tons of governments have legalized medical cannabis, and some have even approved it for recreational use. Canada in particular has legalized it for recreational purposes nationwide and has been offering the possibility of an ACMPR license for many years. This means that citizens can grow their own plants for medical use once they have gotten approval from the government. Other countries are following suit as well; the United States has passed recreational laws in 11 states and medical legalization in 30.
  2. Cannabis has been proven to help treat epilepsy in many cases and is especially beneficial for seizures in children. Whether you have mild seizures or a more severe condition, give cannabis a chance because it is known to be a viable treatment option.
  3. A variety of sleep disorders can be treated with marijuana. Lots of insomnia patients find that weed is the only way they can actually find any rest in their lives. Tons of people who suffer from PTSD that can’t find sleep because of past trauma also find that smoking weed before bed is that only thing that causes restfulness.
  4. Even people in prehistoric times used cannabis for medical treatments and even topical application. Archeologists and anthropologists have found plenty of ancient artifacts proving the use of marijuana as much as 12,000 years ago.
  5. Although it is not proven to cure cancer, medical marijuana reduces a wide range of cancer symptoms and can dramatically improve the quality of life for most patients. Not only does it help with nauseous induced from chemotherapy, it can create a happy high for people suffering from end-of-life depression.
  6. There is essentially no risk of overdosing on cannabis, even when taken in large quantities. Sure you might experience some severe munchies or feel the need to pass out right away, but this is about it. Other drugs prescribed by medical professionals can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and lots have the potential for overdose, but this isn’t true for marijuana.
  7. Cannabis is thought to be correlated with reduction in suicidal thoughts and instances of suicide. This is mostly true for men in their 20’s and 30’s who suffer from depression, but it can have a positive effect on just about anyone when used in the right ways and not abused.
  8. Smoking weed can help with anxiety disorders and depression. If you are an anxious person, smoking the proper strain and not overindulging can leave you feeling happy, relaxed, and much less anxious. PTSD patients and war veterans can also benefit from it.