10 Health Benefits of Cannabis

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10 Health Benefits of Cannabis

Researchers have identified some fascinating benefits of marijuana. Researches have been conducted in the past and are still been conducted to clearly identify the benefits and dangers associated with abuse or dependency.

Under the influence of these studies, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta opines the legalization of Marijuana for medical purposes.as opposed to the use of recreational Marijuana; people have shown approval towards Gupta’s suggestion.

Known for all the wrong reasons, Cannabis may now be counted amongst medicines, with its recently discovered health benefits.

#1. Marijuana can improve lung functioning

Shockingly (for at least most us) smoking weed is not that bad for the lungs. A comparison between people who smoke marijuana, and people who either smoke nicotine or are nonsmokers was made to find out that marijuana smokers have better functioning lungs. American journals claim that big drags might actually be able to train your lungs to work more effectively.

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#2. Cannabis or Marijuana kills cancer cells

The US government admitted to the fact that Marijuana has been successful in reducing or shrinking the size of cancer cells. Studies on mice and rats were conducted. They showed that cannabinoids have the capacity to reduce the growth of a tumor that causes cancer. It may even block the growth and development of the blood vessels that are required by the tumor to breed. The cancer cells are destroyed without affecting the normal ones.

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#3. It increases creativity

Studies have found that Marijuana makes the person more creative. Creativity is simply an operation performed by the brain that can be altered by the consumption of cannabis. Other intoxicants like alcohol or nicotine do not produce cannabinoids which are produced by cannabis and the brain too. Cannabis prevents any breakage or stops in the thought process and helps in amplifying the ideas and imagination. The intake of cannabis takes you in a state of Trance which is nothing but a state of seamless flow of thoughts and ideas. These new patterns of thoughts give an effect of escape from the routine.

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#4. It is 114 times safer than alcohol

Are you as surprised as we are? Well, yes it is true. Cannabis might actually be safer than any other intoxicant; that to 114 times safe!! A comparative study of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, crystal meth and cannabis was conducted to prove the same.

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#5.Helps In Easing Alzheimer and Arthritis.

Apart from increasing creativity and concentration, Cannabis can be useful in reducing Alzheimer. It can also ease the pain and inflammation caused during Arthritis.

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#6. Reduces Anxiety

Because of the relaxation that marijuana causes to the brain muscles, it temporarily reduces anxiety. It may have some anti-depressant or anti-anxiety effects. Although excessive consumption of the same may cause damage to the memory and the brain on the whole.

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#7. Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders and can affect people of all ages. It is characterized by unpredictable seizures and attacks and can cause other health problems too. Studies conducted indicate that marijuana may stop seizures and prevents Epilepsy. So, now the mind relaxing that marijuana boasts about, may actually be a genuine healing session.

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#8. Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It happens when the fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The extra fluid increases the eye pressure and damages the optic nerve. Researchers have been working on developing new cannabis based drugs to treat the disease. Along with the brain, Marijuana is believed to benefit the eyes too.

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#9. Nausea

Marijuana contains a minimum of 60 cannabinoids. THC is the primary chemical associated with its mind-altering effects. THC has been used in the treatment of nausea, including drug- or chemotherapy-induced nausea.

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#10. Parkinson’s Disease

It is a long-term deteriorating disorder of the central nervous system which mainly affects the motor system. Constant shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking are some of its general symptoms. This may cause thinking and behavioral problems eventually. Researchers have found that marijuana eases tremors and encourages fine motor skills in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

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Having said that we would also like to mention that consumption of medicinal Marijuana should be done under strict medical prescription and the consumption of Recreational Marijuana still is dangerous.

• Addiction can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms

• Consuming high doses can cause anxiety and paranoia.

• It may harm the memory.

• It increases the risk of heart attacks.

The researchers have been doing the rounds for quite a while now. If you came across any of the other health benefits of Marijuana consumption, then let us know in the comment section below.

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Yes, If It Has Medical Benefits

It has long been proven that cannabis has a lot of medicinal properties and is greatly useful in countering a lot of physical and mental ailments. The government should rather consider banning alcohol that is far more dangerous and triggers aggressive and destructive behavior in a person. It is sad that so many over the counter drugs are easily available but cannabis is still illegal. Hoping that changes soon!!

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