When it comes to the overall health benefits of smoking weed, there is a lot of misleading information out there. Due to decades of prohibition, cannabis has been a difficult plant for a scientist to get their hands on.
Times are changing, many American states are now decriminalizing the herb for medical and personal use. Now scientist have the chance to study cannabis and see it’s true potential. You will be surprised at the benefits that weed has on us, here are just 10 health benefits of smoking weed.
1. Cannabis Can Kill Cancer Cells
The U.S. government has officially admitted that weed can kill cancer cells. On an official government page, the U.S. government says, ‘Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.’
Delta-9-THC is the main active cannabinoid in cannabis, the other is cannabidiol CBD which relieves pain, decreases anxiety, lowers inflammation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only 2 cannabinoids called dronabinol and nabilone for the treatment of chemotherapy helping with nausea and vomiting.
Sadly at this time, there is still not enough evidence for doctors to prescribe cannabis to their patients. Don’t believe us, just check this out cancer.gov, that should be proof enough.
2. Pain relief
Cannabis has a long and documented history of providing pain relief. When you consume cannabis, THC and CBD chemicals disrupt and decrease pain signals throughout your body letting you live peacefully.
A study in 2016 from the University of Michigan discovered that weed decreased the negative side effects of pain medication improving the overall quality of life of the patient. In fact, 81% of participants reported that cannabis was more effective for treating their condition than opioids.
3. Marijuana Improves Lung Function
In 2012 a study discovered that cannabis improves lung function rather than hindering it. In fact, the study showed that cannabis users experienced an increase in lung capacity.
They tested this on 5115 adults over a whole 20 year period. Researchers even wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the big hits that stoners take actually “train” their lungs to be more efficient.
At the end of the 20 year period, they concluded that cannabis increased stoners lung function, while tobacco smokers experienced a decrease.
To learn more about the affects of cannabis on the lungs check this out.
THC and CBD are one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Antioxidants are vital for reducing environmental damage caused to our cells. This damage is caused by oxidative damage, which are environmental contaminants that damage our cells.
For example, breathing in car exhaust fumes, or inhaling some type of cleaning chemicals. Oxidative damage has serious long term health issues including cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers discovered that cannabinoids defended our neurons from oxidative damage.
In fact, CBD was shown to be 30-50% more effective than Vitamin E or Vitamin C. Don’t take it from us, neuroscientist and author Dr. Michele Ross says the same in her book titled “Vitamin Weed”.
Since we are on the topic of antioxidants, did you know that antioxidants actually protect us from DNA damage as well? DNA damage is caused by environmental stressors, which is one of the main reasons humans age.
Thankfully for you, THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are powerful antioxidants, as you know. Evidence shows that the antioxidants in cannabis help reduce this damage, possibly slowing down signs of aging.
6. Lower Average Body Mass Index
Cannabis may give you the munchies, but studies show that cannabis smokers are less likely to be obese.
Researchers at the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers studied 700 adults ages ranging from 18-74.
They discovered that weed smokers tended to have lower body mass index scores than non-smokers.
In a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers at Harvard discovered that not only did stoners have lower BMIs, but they also broke down carbs more efficiently.
7. Potentially Reduced Risk of Diabetes
The magical herb seems to do more than just help you look thinner.
People with lower BMI’s have fewer body fats and tend to be at lower risk for diabetes.
The same study mentioned above discovered that weed smokers had a decrease in fasting insulin levels when compared to their non-consuming counterparts.
Diabetes patients were treated with a combo of THC and CBD, this human trial showed that these patients showed an improved glucose, improved insulin sensitivity, and had lower inflammation markers.
8. Cannabis Stimulates New Brain Cell Growth
New studies show that cannabis stimulates the growth of new brain cells. Unlike other drugs or medication, cannabis promotes rather than hinder brain cell growth through a process called neurogenesis.
This is when neurons are generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells. Simply put it is the growth and development of nervous tissue.
9. Cannabis Heals Broken Bones
A study published in 2015 found that one of the main compounds in cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol) is very effective at repairing broken bones. That’s right smoking weed can heal your broken bones faster.
The study made sure to test the effects of a pure CBD prescription versus a blend of CBD and THC. The researchers concluded that pure CBD on its own was the most effective option.
Not only did they heal bones faster but they became stronger and less likely to break again in the future.
Science is finally beginning to realize what artist have always known to be true, cannabis unlocks our creative potential. Within 30 minutes of you smoking/consuming weed, activity in your frontal lobe becomes fully activated.
This is the region of your brain that is responsible for critical thinking and creativity. Studies show that those lifted on the herb have epiphanies more frequently than those not under the influence.
This is because cannabis increases your ability to connect abstract thoughts. Epiphanies are a key element in creative thinking, the beautiful moment when everything seems… to just make sense.
Don’t use cannabis as a means to escape, use it as a tool to help you heal and progress in life.
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