We are exposed to free radicals every day. The more free radicals are allowed to affect our bodies, the more prone to sickness and chronic illness we become. Autoimmune conditions, heart disease, cancer, and chronic inflammation are just a few of the health problems that can be caused or aggravated by extended exposure to free radicals in the environment. Antioxidants are an excellent line of defense against the contaminants we face every day. Medical marijuana contains antioxidants that can help protect our bodies from harmful, oxidative stress.
Causes of Oxidative Stress
A few of the most common causes of oxidative stress on the body include:
- Additives and preservatives in food
- Exposure to radiation (cell phones, etc.)
- Emotional stress
- UV light
This list is rather small considering all of the contaminants that can be found in our environment. While the body produces antioxidants on its own, we are exposed to such large amounts that the body can’t keep up.
Antioxidant Properties of Medical Marijuana
The antioxidant properties of medical marijuana offer many different benefits. Even with minimal use, the benefits can be long-lasting and help to keep the body as healthy and vibrant as possible.
The antioxidant properties of marijuana provide nutrients to the skin that can protect it from the harmful UV rays found in direct sunlight. Creams and lotions that are infused with medical marijuana can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and other health conditions caused by too many UV rays. Sunscreen can protect the skin to an extent but taking medical marijuana in capsule forms offers support from the inside as well.
Protecting the Neuropathways
The antioxidant properties of marijuana can also help to protect the neuro-pathways in the body. Free radicals can damage nerves causing degeneration that can lead to numbness and tingling in the extremities. The antioxidants in medical marijuana protect the coatings of the nerves, preventing free radicals from causing damage or deterioration.
Medical marijuana can be smoked, encapsulated, or added to creams and lotions. Tinctures can even be added to beverages or by putting a few drops under the tongue. No matter how you consume, the antioxidant benefits of medical marijuana are real and can be life-changing.
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.