Once you turn 21, no one looks forward to aging anymore. In fact, most people spend their entire lives trying to fight that process. But perhaps they aren’t incorporating enough marijuana in their anti-aging routines.

Here are five ways cannabis can help fight symptoms associated with aging:

1. Antioxidant

In commercials for skincare products, you’ll often hear words like “antioxidants” and “free radicals” and assume it’s pseudoscience mumbo jumbo. But it’s not! Free radicals are molecules that cause damage to cells in your body, mostly skin cells, that usually come from the sun’s UV rays. THC and CBD, the compounds in marijuana, both are antioxidants that can fight free radicals and prevent that damage. In fact, some studies have shown CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E and C.

2. Body oils

Another factor that causes a person’s skin to age is the production of body oils. As you get older, your sebaceous glands decrease in size, meaning you produce less body oil to lubricate and waterproof your skin. But studies have shown that endocannabinoids (like THC and CBD) can help regulate production in the sebaceous glands.

3. Memory and Mental Functions

Obviously, your skin isn’t the only organ that ages in the body. Often, people see decreased mental functions as they get older. But studies have shown that cannabis can reverse some of these effects. One study found that older mice who were given THC regained the cognitive abilities of younger mice. This has led many to examine whether marijuana could be used to help slow down or possibly reverse conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia in the elderly.

4. Pain and Arthritis

This is perhaps more commonly known, but cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain symptoms. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, so not only will it help treat older people suffering from arthritis and other joint pain, but it will actually reduce the joint swelling and prevent some of that pain all together.

5. Cancer

This is a more controversial claim that doesn’t have as much scientific study backing it up, but there is some evidence that marijuana can help fight cancer cells. A 2003 study found that cannabinoids were an effective way to destroy skin cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. There have been other studies (although not all of them have been as scientifically valid) that suggest that cannabis can help fight cancer cells. But it’s definitely not enough to do so at this time without other treatments as well.

(h/t Allbud, Independent and Herb)