ELEVEN HEALTH AND MEDICAL BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA
There is much more to cannabis than you ever dreamed.
Many Americans think that medical pot should be legal and an overwhelming majority of people - 76% nationwide - now support recreational legalization as well. Researchers have identified many excellent potential benefits of medical marijuana. However, while marijuana is among the very safest of medicinals, there are some risks, such as dependency and anxiety in certain people .
Here are the top eleven medical benefits of marijuana.
1. MARIJUANA MIGHT BE GOOD FOR YOUR LUNGS
There is evidence that marijuana does no harm to the lungs. It has even been shown to increase lung capacity in moderate users (a few joints per day). In one recent study, tobacco smokers lost lung function over time, but pot users actually showed a measurable increase in lung capacity.
Some speculate that this may be due to taking deep breaths while inhaling the drug. Interesting. In other studies, asthma patients report relief of their symptoms. Using Vapes which burn the marijuana or oil at lower temperatures, which introduces much less tar to the lungs, making medical cannabis a amiable agent for vaporizers. The terpenes in cannabis act to dilate the air passages where oxygen can flow better and allows mucous to exit the airways.
2. PATIENTS SAY MARIJUANA TREATS PAIN AND SYMPTOMS WHILE THEY RELAX
Many medical marijuana users report that the drug helps to relieve pain and stops nausea., acts like a sedative in low doses, It actually reduces anxiety as well. These effects improve the smoker's overall mood, meaning that the quality of life is enhanced while treating their conditions and symptoms.
3. POT SMOKERS ARE LESS OBESE
All the studies say that Pot smokers are skinnier than the average person. They also have healthier metabolism and a healthier response to sugar. Why? The active ingredients in cannabis, the cannabinoids and terpenes affect the cellular membranes. While the THC in marijuana (the psychoactive ingredient) helps people regain and appetite, where they get the famous munchies, it also tends to balance obsessive behavior found in both anorexia and obesity.
Our body has its own supply of cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids) that affect or control most bodily systems. When we are in short supply or something is blocking the action of our body's own cannabinoids, then medical marijuana can help and help a lot. There is an ingredient found - called THC-V in some strains of marijuana that works to curb hunger while boosting relaxed energy. It will be interesting to see what the scientists say when they study THC-V in a clinical setting.
4. MARIJUANA BOOSTS MORALE
Marijuana usage has been shown to have some extremely positive mental effects on many patients. However, most people's short-term memories tend to function worse when they get high. Still, they have an improved ability to come up with new ideas. This increased in creative ability might come from the release of dopamine in the brain. Marijuana tends to lower inhibitions which allow people to feel more relaxed. This gives the brain the ability to focus and improve perception, and think in a different way.
"You know sometimes, I don't know why
But this old town just seems so hopeless
I ain't really sure, but it seems I remember the good times
Were just a little bit more in focus
But when she puts her arms around me
I can somehow rise above it" - Tom Petty and the HB
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5. MARIJUANA IS MUCH SAFER THAN ALCOHOL
Marijuana is much safer than alcohol. The statistics tell the tale, lower DUI, overdose, crime, suicide and violence rates in states that have legalized marijuana. But it is not perfect, it is not completely risk free. Marijuana is much less addictive than alcohol and does not cause as much physical damage. After a getting high on alcohol, the next day can easily be a write off, while the marijuana smoker often sleeps well and is ready to go, the day after.
There are less adverse side effects from marijuana, it is less likely to cause withdrawal problems if you quit cold turkey. Make no mistake, some people can become psychologically dependent on marijuana. Graham Hancock, a famous archaeological journalist quit after a life long love affair with marijuana, citing the desire to experience the world without perceptions being influenced at all times by THC.
Mind you, his life long use of cannabis was a very productive and healthy one. Cannabis now is used as a treatment for serious drug abuse, like opiate addiction, where great results are gained in harm-reduction programs throughout the world. It should be noted that big alcohol companies are working together to lobby against marijuana because, when DUI's are down in states where marijuana is legal, then you know it is biting into their business. Such is the evil of the ruthless businessman.
6. MARIJUANA IS AN INFLAMMATORY
Marijuana helps reduce pain, lowers inflammation, and helps with sleep, as reported by thousands upon thousands of patients. There are also hundreds of peer reviewed papers and studies that attest to the positive effects of cannabis. Cannabis helps relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis. The bio-chemicals in marijuana (THC, CBD and others) have many anti-inflammatory properties. This is how marijuana helps deal with symptoms of Lupus and arthritis.
7. MARIJUANA HELPS IN ALZHEIMER'S
Marijuana can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and much improved the quality of life for the patient and their family. d9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been shown medically to stop the formation of plaques - by blocking an enzyme in the brain that makes them (plaques). These plaques kill brain cells which, in part cause Alzheimer's. A mixture of cannabidiol (CBD) and d9 tetrahydrocannabinol can preserve memory. Note that d9THC is the most famous active ingredient of cannabis, chile CBD is non-psychoactive and is found only in abundance in certain strains (not usually found on the street).
8. MARIJUANA HELPS 90% OF CROHN'S PATIENTS - CURES 45-50%
People with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease can benefit from marijuana. The chemicals in marijuana interact with cells in the body that play an important part in stomach function and your immune responses. They increase the permeability of the intestines and this allows bacteria in.
9. MARIJUANA HELPS TREAT GLAUCOMA
Really, the medical establishment should incorporate medical marijuana into its practice. It also should review its inventory of drugs, many of which are particularly effective, of lower toxicity but are not prescribed. Many good drugs fall by the wayside.
Marijuana was noticed to reduce the symptoms of glaucoma many years ago. Not it is commonly used to treat glaucoma. This disease is caused by an increase pressure in the eyeball, which damages the optic nerve and thus causes loss of vision. Marijuana can decrease the pressure inside the eye. This being the case, it will also slow the progression of the disease and prevent blindness.
While the above statements are all well and good, doctors are reporting that over consumption can, in some cases, can increase eye pressure. When taking any medicine, one should consult with a quality medical professional. With that being said, access to quality medical help can be challenging in certain jurisdictions. Any patient in all circumstances should notice if their medication is working - or not.
If a medicine is meant to lower eye pressure, you should noted whether this is the case of not, and adjust the dose down or discontinue and do more research, i.e. join Facebook groups, seek out a real MD that deals with cannabis based medicines and so on.
10. ANYONE WITH EPILEPSY HAS TO INVESTIGATE CANNABIS MEDS
There is a lot of good news coming in from round the world - Cannabis helps those with epilepsy. Cannabis tinctures, particularly those with CBD (sometimes mixed with THC) can stop the seizures for 10 hours or so. Tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana has been shown to control seizures by binding to the brain cell receptors responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation of nerves. It quiets- modulates - dials down - the excessive activity in the brain (and hair trigger nerves) that causes these seizures.
11. SOME KINDS OF VERY MEDICAL MARIJUANA DON'T GET YOU HIGH
Cannabidiol or CBD is an also a major ingredient of some strains/types of Marijuana. CBD can stop cancer cells from dividing by turning off a gene called ID-1. Cancer cells make copies of this gene when they spread through the body. There are a wealth of studies on aggressive brain tumours that show that tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol can slow or shrink tumors. There is also a wealth of data coming from pseudo-medical sources, patients and alternate practitioners. Literally thousands of patients attest to the efficacy in the treatment of advanced cancer, by mega-dosing cannabinoids in oil form, such as the now famous Rick Simpson oil.
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Many Americans think that medical pot should be legal and a majority of people now support recreational legalization as well. Researchers have identified some excellent potential benefits of medical marijuana. But there are some risks like abuse, dependency and emotional issues. Here are some of the medical benefits of marijuana....