10 Health Benefits of Marijuana

Marijuana frequently gets a bad rap. How much of it is deserved? After my earlier blog, “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?” I conducted research to find out the benefits and problems linked with marijuana use. While there are many, here are ten of the health benefits attributed to marijuana and, of course, some of the problems linked to its use:

Alzheimer’s—Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research by the Scripps Research Institute and published in Molecular Pharmaceutics.

AnxietyHarvard Medical School found that marijuana may have anti-anxiety effects. Of course, keep in mind that high doses may increase anxiety and paranoia.

Arthritis—Marijuana can alleviate pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.

Cancer—Research in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics found that cannabidiol found in marijuana, turns off a gene called “Id-1,” which cancer cells use to spread.

Epilepsy—Marijuana has been shown in studies by Virginia Commonwealth University, to stop seizures in the school’s animal studies.

GlaucomaResearchers are working on developing new drugs based on cannabis to treat glaucoma pain after learning its effectiveness for treating the condition. Glaucoma is a condition that increases pressure inside the eyeball and can lead to vision loss.

Improves Lung Health—Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that marijuana can increase lung capacity, not decrease it as many people have long believed.

Multiple Sclerosis—A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that cannabinoids found in marijuana significantly reduced multiple sclerosis pain.

Nausea—Marijuana contains a minimum of 60 chemicals known as cannabinoids, of which THC is the primary one associated with its mind-altering effects.  THC has been used in the treatment of nausea, including drug- or chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Parkinson’s Disease—Research published in MedPage Today found that marijuana use eased tremors and improved fine motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Problems Linked with Marijuana Use:

Addiction—that’s a fairly obvious one. Also, it can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms in people who discontinue use.

Anxiety and Paranoia—In high doses or in sensitive individuals, marijuana can cause anxiety and paranoia.

Memory Impairment—As anyone who’s ever talked to someone who is high knows, memory impairment is common.

Mind-Altering Effects—This is particularly evident among people who haven’t used it before as well as many young people.

Heart Attack—One study found an increase risk of heart attack within the first hour of smoking marijuana.

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212 comments

Teresa Bryan
Teresa Bryanabout a month ago

Elaine Al Meqdad, first let me state that I have never ever used pot, but I HAVE taken the time to research things instead of just coming onto a page and making a statement without one bit of info to back me up. If you'd like to contact me privately, I can show you all the links I found from LEGITIMATE medical websites that back up the claims made in this article. Why don't you try doing a little research for yourself before automatically assuming something is a "load of crap". Really, do the research like I have. If I hadn't, I might have actually had the same attitude as you, but thankfully, I do check things out before I post. Have a good day! :)

Lori H.
Lori H.about a month ago

Elaine Al Meqdad, first let me state that I have never ever used pot, but I HAVE taken the time to research things instead of just coming onto a page and making a statement without one bit of info to back me up. If you'd like to contact me privately, I can show you all the links I found from LEGITIMATE medical websites that back up the claims made in this article. Why don't you try doing a little research for yourself before automatically assuming something is a "load of crap". Really, do the research like I have. If I hadn't, I might have actually had the same attitude as you, but thankfully, I do check things out before I post. Have a good day! :)

S F.
Suzanne F.4 months ago

Elaine Al Meqdad - I invite you to spend FIVE minutes with me, and you will take your IQ of 99 and go cry in your cereal.

S F.
Suzanne F.4 months ago

I depend on cannabis every day for my TWO neurological disorders - one of which is MS... and that is not even the scary one. It has given me my life back!!! I would have no career and little quality of life without it. It took me TWELVE years to get diagnosed with MS, and the Drs were shocked at how little neurological damage there was considering how long it had gone untreated. Well guess why? There is evidence marijuana use actually holds back or even repairs neurological damage!!! I naturally and instinctively was self-medicating all those many years. I find it ABHORRENT that petty, small-minded mean people would want to keep it illegal. I only hope someday their loved ones are stricken with a horrible disease.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers5 months ago

I think it beats giving people opiates for chronic pain. tyfs

Elaine W.
Elaine W.5 months ago

I think it should be legal. People who can be helped medically should have the choice. Ice cream is a gateway drug for me to put on more health harming weight. My choice.

Vivek L.
Vivek L.5 months ago

MJ should be legalized in India too.

S Gardner
sandy Gardner5 months ago

Thanks for sharing!

Angela K.
Angela K.5 months ago

thanks

Elaine Al Meqdad
Elaine Al Meqdad5 months ago

WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP! ANYTHING TO LEGALIZE POT, A GATEWAY DRUG TO OTHERS, PERIOD.