5 Benefits of Cannabis Tea for Chronic Illnesses

Medical marijuana is gaining popularity as a complementary medicine to help with many symptoms associated with chronic illnesses. While many people are curious about how marijuana (or cannabis) may help improve their symptoms, they are also reluctant to smoke the substance. However, there are ways that medical marijuana can be administered, including in tea form.

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According to thealternativedaily.com, here are five ways that cannabis tea can help relieve some of the symptoms people with chronic diseases live with.

Relieves pain
Marijuana has been associated with pain relief for centuries. Researchers have found the cannabinoids in marijuana dampen pain signals by binding to the pain receptors in the central nervous system (CNS).

In contrast to opiates such as morphine or codeine, cannabis is not addictive and poses no withdrawal symptoms to patients. Cannabis-infused tea is delivered to the whole of the body through the digestive system so the effects are longer lasting and more efficient than smoking.

Reduces inflammation
Medical marijuana has been found to reduce inflammation associated with many autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosisinflammatory bowel disease, and lupus. It also helps to temper the body’s immune system making it less likely to attack itself.

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Protects the brain
Studies of cannabis’s effect on the brain have found that the drug has a neuroprotective effect and appears to slow down or even block the beta-amyloid protein build-ups associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Promotes digestive health
Many chronic illnesses present symptoms which affect the gastrointestinal system. Cannabis has been found to improve digestion and relieve symptoms such as cramping, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, constipation and acid reflux.

Mood enhancer
While smoking cannabis may produce mind-altering effects that most people are wary of, drinking cannabis tea can help with stabilizing mood and helping to relieve emotional symptoms associated with chronic illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

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  1. Lupus Warrior Since 2010 says:

    When I was diagnosed in 2010, I denied all kinds of treatments. I was unknowledgeable of Lupus and terrified at the same time; I was told I had 6months to a year to live. In 2012, I began experiencing many difficulties than before and I was in the ER monthly (plus I wasn’t dead yet.) Therefore, I went back to my specialist and decided to start a treatment, no matter that cost (it was going to be way cheaper than the ER.) My doctor began me on Prednisone and Methotrexate. Within a month,I began feeling worse, my hair was falling out, I began noticing bald spots, gaining and losing weight, PAIN-non-stop-PAIN, the whole “Wolf”-Works. Most of this I was experiencing in the beginning of my treatment-my guess, then, is that my body needed time to adjust to the new chemistry I was undergoing. My doctor decided that Methotrexate was not enough and that we needed to change the medication. After some lab work, he decided that we were going to with CellCept. I had never heard of it but I went with it. CellCept did help some for the first three months. I was not in the ER, I was able to work, take care of the home front. Then I began getting sick again. After discussing symptoms and brainstorming with him, he decided that I might be moving too much and out in the sun too much. I was devastated. I thought, “Man. Part-time with life bills and three kids!? How am I going to pull this Life thing without flaring up to the point of no return?” During this time, my partner who is always with me at my appointments asked my doctor, “What is your medical opinion on cannabinoids?” My doctor without hesitation explained the pros and cons and felt that it should not be an issue with his treatment. I decided to try it. I also learned that there is a very important LEGAL structure you must undergo to have permission and access to this type of medication. I figured no big deal, I had to do this with my specialist and insurance. I began using it as an edible because I don’t like smelling like smoke. Throughout the years I use it as my Aleve or Tylenol, per say. I use it responsibly and it responds well. Today, cannabis comes in many different ways and forms; sort of like how they changed pills into liquid pills, or liquid forms like NyQuil. In 2014, I was showing healthier lab work-very minimum steadiness, but all I kept optimistic because I kept noticing improvement just with 1 CellCept (mind you the doctor said 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM, no Prednisone since 2014.) Not only through my lab work, but physically. Emotionally is another bridge to cross, but I cannot say that when I use cannabinoid related medication that it does not help. As a professional worker for my community I have witnessed parents administer these type of medicinal options such as “Charlotte’s Web” for children who might suffer from seizures due to Epilepsy or fatigues due to Cerebral Palsy without giving them an uncomfortable feeling. Cannabis has changed over time. The science of it has enhanced and fallen into many great doctors, researchers and professionals that dedicate to assist people who suffer with complications that do not allow them administer their prescribed oral medications. Inclusive, that medication could take too long to take effect in providing comfort. I am personally glad to see that patients can take advantage of this type of supplement. I feel that we will see a big difference not just in the Lupus patients, but many others. Even though it has helped me SO much, I have to admit that I have build a sort of social anxiety because I get so scared that they will take my medication. Although, learning about articles such as this allows me to have comfort in what I am already doing right: I am a single mother of three straight A students who depend on my redirection. I am a straight A student at my university where I am currently working on my behavior credential. I am proud human being. And I am Loved.

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