Smoking cannabis makes you hungry and paranoid right?
Well while this might be true on some level, there is a wealth of well documented benefits to smoking weed that you may not even be aware of.
Here we summarise our Top 10 POSITIVE effects of using marijuana (in no particular order):
#1 Cannabis can help you lose weight
OK, so don’t cancel your gym membership just yet, but yes, it is clinically proven that marijuana can help with weight loss through the reduction of insulin resistance. Marijuana consumption lowers insulin resistance and improves fasting insulin.
#2 Weed helps regulate and prevent diabetes
There is a growing body of research which shows that marijuana can have a number of positive effects on diabetes through stabilising blood sugars, anti-inflammatory action and lowering blood pressure to name a few.
#3 Marijuana helps fight cancer
Yes, you heard it right. Marijuana fights cancer. Scientists in the UK have now traced marijuana’s ability to prevent the growth and spread of cancer to specific pathways found in tumor cells, known as cannabinoid receptors.
#4 Cannabis use can help with depression
There have been a number of reports of people using marijuana to effectively treat depression. One particular study in 2007 showed that administering low doses of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – a cannabis-like molecule naturally found in the brain) could work like an antidepressant by increasing serotonin. A high dose, however, could have the opposite effect.
#5 Recreational use of cannabis is much safer than tobacco and alcohol
Already a well known fact amongst marijuana users, it has been shown that it is 114 times safer to use marijuana than smoking and drinking alcohol. Unlike the well known short term and long term effects of smoking and/or drinking, there are no links to cancer, liver disease, brain damage or death from overdoses (to name a few) through marijuana use.
#6 Cannabis has been shown to relieve symptoms of glaucoma
In countries more enlightened than the UK, medical marijuana is promoted as a treatment for many diseases, including glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged over time, reducing side vision, and sometimes leads to complete blindness.
One way to combat this is to lower your IOP (intraocular pressure – a higher than normal pressure in the eye, which can cause this optic nerve damage), and research has found that when marijuana is ingested (whether through smoking, or taking the active ingredient via pill or injection), it lowers your IOP, albeit for a short period of time.
#7 Weed has been shown to help those who suffer from arthritis
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana as mentioned previously, cannabis can be used to suppress the effects of arthritis, which is a condition that affects 52.5 million adults worldwide.
#8 Need Viagra? Try weed!
Cannabis has been cited as an aphrodisiac in ancient texts and folk medicine, and reports now prove this to be somewhat true, especially for women, however the exact reasons why are still to be understood.
#9 Cannabis can boost lung function
A growing body of research suggests that smoking marijuana can actually have positive effects on the respiratory system, especially for asthmatics. Studies have shown that marijuana use may benefit asthmatic patients and enhance general lung function by acting as a bronchodilator (making breathing easier), rather than a bronchoconstrictor.