THC of cannabis is now available in several forms, oils, tinctures, creams, salves, capsules, and whatnot. Yet, most heads turn towards edibles like gummies. Why is that? What makes THC gummies unique?
With several products available in the cannabis market, why gummies? The reasons are many. Of them, a few claimed by many users include:
- THC gummies come in a myriad of colors and flavors.
- Gummies are compact and socially discreet. THC gummies look similar to other gummies. So, the user can consume THC anywhere without being conscious of it.
- Gummies contain fixed amounts of THC, but if you want to keep track of your THC consumption, gummies are an ideal way.
- They are suitable for everyone, irrespective of age and gender.
Health benefits of THC gummies
The year 2018 saw the legalization of hemp products containing less than 0.3% THC. Since then, the cannabis market has seen several sellers popping up with designs of THC products.
Users choose THC for its recreational as well as medical benefits. THC is the compound responsible for cannabis’s ability to get the user high. THC, in conjunction with other cannabis products, can produce both mental and physical effects on the user.
THC-infused gummies are as effective as oils and tinctures. They are immediate in results. Not just that, they can help you cut off the side effects that other THC products produce.
While we still need concrete research proof to make THC accessible to everyone, anecdotal evidence backs certain health benefits.
- Pain relief
According to an NHIS report, over 20.5% of adults in the US suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be due to several reasons like injuries and severe medical conditions. For instance, people with cancer tend to have chronic pain due to inflammation and pressure on organs.
Medicines available in the market can provide relief but not without side effects. Pill fatigue is common among people who take several medications together. Such a condition calls for a powerful yet natural alternative to serve the same purpose.
THC is the component that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and reduces pain signaling. Marijuana acts on the GABA nerve endings and increases dopamine levels. An increase in dopamine levels makes the user feel pleasure. Not just that, THC possesses anti-inflammatory properties as well.
At smaller doses, marijuana activates specific nervous pathways that result in the reduction of pain. Using marijuana can help in the lowering of pain by 30%. Due to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of THC, it can help provide relief from pain due to the following medical conditions.
- Cancer-related pain
- Neuropathic pain and disorders
Apart from these, there are several more on the plate. THC can help relieve pain temporarily as well. Psychologists say that the euphoric effects of the compound make users forget the pain.
- Alleviates nausea and vomiting
An FDA-approved anti-nausea THC medicine, Marinol, has been there since the 1980s. Marinol is helpful for cancer patients. Inflammation and pressure on nerves trigger nausea. There are several other reasons like motion sickness, mental stress, and gastric issues. Though the drug industry markets Marinol as pharmaceutical medicine, it is still a synthetic compound. It doesn’t contain the other compounds that marijuana has.
THC works for nausea by activating the endocannabinoid receptors responsible for mediating gastrointestinal functioning.
Flavonoids and terpenes in marijuana work well in suppressing nausea. A study at the University of Mexico revealed that marijuana could offer relief from vomiting within an hour.
- Provides relief from mental stress and disorders
Researchers at the University of Illinois say THC at lower doses can help reduce stress. Cannabis impacts dopamine levels of the body and relaxes the user.
GABA is a neurotransmitter in our bodies responsible for controlling neuron excitability and establishing peace of mind. It thus helps reduce anxiety and its consequences. The constituents of marijuana, when used in lower amounts, act as antidepressants.
The complex network of endocannabinoid receptors in the brain is responsible for mediating emotions. Marijuana acts on the CB1 receptors and interferes with dopamine levels in the body. As a result, it improves mood by making the user feel pleasurable.
Reportedly, THC activates the brain’s reward system in new cannabis users by increasing dopamine transmission. THC’s ability to help with mental stress is why people use it for recreational purposes.
- Enhances brain functioning
Have you ever thought that marijuana can help improve your cognitive abilities?
Cannabis at lower doses has stimulant-like properties. It improves mood and reduces distractions. Marijuana works mainly by impacting the central nervous system responsible for several functionings.
We can make mistakes at work or home due to a lack of focus. Delusional and distractive thoughts can affect productivity. Consequently, they decrease the quality of life. Using THC gummies can help situations like this. How?
THC can work on the triggers that make you lose focus. An increase in dopamine and serotonin levels can improve neuron functioning. One can use THC at lower doses while studying or working.
- Promotes better sleep
Sleep is essential, not just to feel fresh but to stay healthy throughout. Lack of sleep can affect one’s health in many ways. Lack of sleep impacts the physical and mental well-being of an individual.
Sedatives can help to an extent. But long-term usage of sedatives has its downsides. THC can be an alternative to these sedatives. THC possesses properties that can promote sleep and improve sleep quality.
Some factors that cause sleeplessness include physical pain, anxiety, and improper homeostatic balance. THC works on these factors by activating the endocannabinoid system. The system is responsible for mediating some or all of these functions. Because of this, users feel drowsy after minutes of consuming THC.
The bottom line
What we just saw are the most popular medical benefits of cannabis. Undoubtedly, there are several others.
THC gummies are safe, but you should be careful while using them, as overdosing on THC can negatively impact your health. Gummies are available everywhere. Choosing the ideal vendor needs effort. As you can see, there are cannabis sellers everywhere. And with that, the chances of adulteration of cannabis products become high.
Buy from a reputable vendor and consult a physician before proceeding with cannabis.