The benefits of living a healthy lifestyle have huge impacts on the cannabis market as this medicinal plant has huge benefits for all people. When you weigh up the positive effects of cannabis as opposed to conventional drugs, cannabis wins hands-down. This natural therapy has no side effects if used responsibly instead of dangerous opiates and other hard-hitting drugs which have enormous side effects.
Medical cannabis is made from various parts of the cannabis plant and it is now permitted in more than half of the 50 states in the United States of America. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the use of synthetic cannabis pills made from cannabinoid chemicals taken from the cannabis plant itself. And now doctors are treating pain, nausea, vomiting, mental illnesses, childhood epilepsy, glaucoma and much more. It seems that choosing a healthy lifestyle does have hidden benefits for the cannabis market as people will opt for cannabis products to treat their conditions.
In Southern Africa, a prominent company wants to set up a profit sharing deal in Lesotho that involves growing and manufacturing medical cannabis. And in Canada, private companies and their millions of staff look set to benefit from a cannabis deal to manufacture medical cannabis in the country. People will benefit with employment when medical cannabis takes off as a popular choice in the health market. Anecdotal accounts abound about people being able to wean themselves off opiates and other pharmaceuticals when they take cannabis oil for their ailments. Quality of life increases without terrible side effects and money is saved. This also applies to employees of medical cannabis companies who will get access to the new medicine and can lessen their dependence on other drugs which harm their health.
Lesotho will be the first African country to get a piece of the medical cannabis business market – and reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. Phase one will see about 40 Basotho people being employed to grow and process the cannabis. Once the fields are producing a good quality cannabis, they will be trained in the manufacturing of cannabis oil products – for the health market. These will include tinctures, capsules and other medicinal goods. Lesotho wants to sell these to North America and Europe, where cannabis is legal. All African countries could benefit from this pioneering cannabis market, if the value of living a healthy lifestyle takes off. Imagine fields of green cannabis growing everywhere, people employed to grow the plant and more in the factories to make the products. A win-win situation, surely?
South Africa has yet to legalise medical cannabis and people are waiting for the regulations to appear. Like alcohol, the sale of cannabis needs to be regulated so that only certified growers and manufacturers sell cannabis to the public under safe conditions. In Canada, there are a few health benefit plans that cover medical cannabis which is used to treat war veterans, chemotherapy patients, patients with multiple sclerosis and sufferers of chronic pain. The government wants to legalise cannabis in Canada by July 2018 but already most of their homegrown cannabis is being used locally. The cannabis market is worth some $3.4 billion (2014 stats) which is far higher than alcohol or cigarettes. It appears that Canadians between the ages of 15 and 64 are buying cannabis – mostly for their health and also, of course, for recreational purposes.
Taking a closer look at cannabis and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on the cannabis market, it is important to highlight the chemical compounds in cannabis that are used medically. Cannabinoids in the cannabis plant interact with the human endocannabinoid system to correct imbalances in the body (which then become disease). Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound that makes you feel high as it is psychoactive. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the healthy therapy that can treat almost every human ailment under the sun – from common issues like insomnia, nausea and pain to chronic diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy and more. THC is also an amazing medication but should be blended with CBD to remove the high and increase the medical qualities of the cannabinoid.
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