Cannabis has been used as a natural medicine for centuries. Research shows that it can successfully treat a number of ailments like depression, insomnia, and epilepsy, and is safer than many prescribed pills.
Sadly, there is still a big stigma against the plant. The United States labels weed as a schedule 1 drug. That’s the same category as heroin! But cannabis compares to many of our most commonly used legal pills and drugs, and science continues to back it up.
Cannabis can be used to treat seven common illnesses usually treated with pills:
Insomnia affects 30 to 50 percent of Americans. That’s a lot of people who have trouble sleeping at night! A common remedy that doctors prescribe is a sleeping pill like Ambien.
While sleeping pills are a legit treatment option, so is weed. In one study, scientists found that 86 percent of people who used cannabis to help them sleep reported that it worked better for them than the usual sleep meds. Many people said that they were willing to try weed as well.