Cannabis resin, also known as “hashish” or “hash”, is a relatively potent form of cannabis that’s most often consumed through smoking, vaporizing and less commonly processed into cannabis edibles. It’s made from the concentrated sap of the cannabis plant and is commonly mixed with cannabis leaves or other herbs.
Like other forms of cannabis, cannabis resin has been found to have a number of benefits that make it important for medical cannabis research. Some of the areas cannabis resin has been found to be beneficial include:
In states where it is legal, medical cannabis is now widely prescribed by doctors for pain management, usually replacing traditional opioids for this purpose. In controlled doses, the active compounds of cannabis resin can help provide significant pain relief without the risks of abuse that come with opioids. Cannabis is also significantly safer in terms of overdose risks. Studies have even found that opioid deaths drop in areas whenever medical cannabis dispensaries open.
Management of depression and anxiety symptoms
There has been a lot of encouraging evidence pointing towards the effectiveness of cannabis-derived CBD oil for anxiety and depression. While it’s not yet completely understood how CBD oil is able to provide relief from anxiety and depression, a number of studies have indicated plenty of promise for treating these disorders. Compared to traditional psychiatric treatments and medication, cannabis in controlled doses seems to offer fewer side effects.
Obesity and appetite management
Counterintuitively, while cannabis is known to enhance appetites, cannabis users tend to be within a healthier weight range. This may have to do with how cannabis is able to help the body regulate its hormones. For this reason, it’s currently being investigated as a possible treatment for pre-diabetic patients.
Opiate and alcohol withdrawal management
Cannabis is now seriously being looked into as a major tool for managing different types of substance addiction. People suffering from opiate and alcohol dependence often report that cannabis can help reduce or even completely eliminate cravings. While cannabis abuse is also possible, the risks tend to be far lower than either opioid or alcohol abuse. These risks can also be further mitigated if doses are administered within a controlled setting.
Reducing the side effects of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy has often been described as a cure that’s worse than the disease that it’s trying to treat. So much so that it’s not unheard of for patients who have previously undergone chemotherapy to refuse it when they have a recurrence of cancer. Thankfully, medical cannabis has shown plenty of promise in combatting the worst effects of chemotherapy.
Cannabis has long been found to be highly effective at controlling nausea and vomiting that accompany chemotherapy sessions as well as combating the resulting loss of appetite. Most users report a marked improvement in their quality of life after consuming cannabis after chemotherapy sessions.
While cannabis resin may have a wide number of medical benefits, you will probably not see a doctor prescribing it. This is because there is now a wide range of medical cannabis products, many derived from cannabis resin, that are able to deliver the benefits of cannabis while greatly reducing the psychoactive effects of the plant. This can be critical in helping patients to maintain a good quality of life while helping them avoid psychological dependence.