The last two years have reminded us how important it is to stay healthy. Lots of us have upped our supplements, gotten vaccines and boosters, and are more in tune than ever in noticing any bodily changes. But did you know that cannabis consumption also boosts your health? That’s right, marijuana, especially medicinal cannabis, contains a ton of health benefits!
Usually, its benefits are touted for easing anxiety, increasing appetites, and improving sleep. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg regarding the array of superpowers cannabis contains. Today we’re going to share a few other health benefits marijuana provides.
Terpenes May Work as An Antiviral Agent
One of the more exciting discovered just happened in March of 2021: scientists found that terpenes – the chemical in cannabis responsible for its fragrance – appear to work as an antiviral agent against a human coronavirus called HCoV-229E. While this strain isn’t the same as the one responsible for Covid-19, it is one of the seven types of coronaviruses that infect humans.
The study also tested the terpene with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compound, and found the effectiveness increased compared to when the terpene was used without CBD. This only adds to the reason Greeley Gallery prides itself on offering only the highest-quality CBD strains at our medicinal and recreational cannabis dispensary.
CBD Possesses Antibiotic Properties
Sometimes, we can use antibiotics too much, decreasing the medicines’ ability to kill harmful bacteria; this is called antibiotic resistance. Unfortunately, many pathogens are resistant to current antibiotics, which poses an urgent need to discover new and potent ways to fight them off. Turns out that CBD provides its own antibacterial properties.
Better yet, these effects are amplified when combined with other antibiotics. Scientists believe this is because antibiotics and CBD are broken down by the same system in our bodies. Especially for strains such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), which induces vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Though, of course, we always recommend discussing this with your doctor; please don’t self-medicate.
CBD Has Antimicrobial Properties
In some ways, cannabis is a Jack of All Trades when it comes to health. In 2020, scientists found that CBD has antimicrobial properties too. While antibiotics fight against bacteria, microbes include fungi, parasites, and other microbial life that threatens our health.
Then, in January of 2021, scientists found that CBD has even more promise potential as an antimicrobial than previously thought. More than that, the researchers demonstrated how different CBD topical formulas can attack specific strains.
As time goes on, the list of health benefits the cannabis plant offers us only grows longer. Anyone consuming cannabis recognizes the expected benefits of feeling relaxed, decreased anxiety, and boosted creativity. Still, cannabis helps us in more ways than we could have imagined, including on a microscopic level.
This is all the more reason to stop into Greeley Gallery’s recreational and medicinal cannabis dispensary in north Portland. You can trust you’ll receive only the highest quality cannabis products.