10 Health Benefits of Marijuana

Marijuana frequently gets a bad rap. But how much of it is deserved?

After my previous post, “Should Marijuana Be Legalized?“¯ I conducted research to understand the benefits and risks of marijuana. Here are just ten of the many health benefits attributed to the plant, as well as some of the problems associated with its use:

1. Alzheimer’s

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

2. Anxiety

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

3. Arthritis

Marijuana can alleviate pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.

4. Cancer

Research published in the journal “Molecular Cancer Therapeutics” suggests that cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana, turns off the “ID-1″ gene, which cancer cells use to spread.

5. Epilepsy

Studies conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University indicate that marijuana may stop seizures.

6. Glaucoma

Researchers are working to develop new cannabis-based drugs to treat glaucoma pain after determining marijuana’s effectiveness for treating the condition. Glaucoma is a condition that increases pressure inside the eyeball and can lead to vision loss.

7. 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.

8. Multiple sclerosis

A study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal” found that cannabinoids significantly reduced multiple sclerosis pain.

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.

10. 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.

Despite these health benefits, it’s also important to consider the potential health risks of marijuana use:

• Addiction can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms in people who discontinue marijuana use.

• In high doses or in sensitive individuals, marijuana can cause anxiety and paranoia.

• Marijuana may impair memory.

• Mind-altering effects are particularly evident among young and first-time users.

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

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.

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Travis P
Travis P2 days ago

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Travis P
Travis P2 days ago

My grandma has Parkinson's disease, she is about 75 years old it was detected 7 years ago. it was very difficult to live for her, because of stiff muscles she can't even move. L-dopa and carbidopa medicines are given, but won"t give much relief. She can"t eat food and the skin is damaging forming ganglia.my friend introduced me to perfecthealthherbalmedicine,he said perfecthealthherbalmedicine cure his father of Parkinson and COPD,so i decided to give it a try,so i emailed them,they replied and ask for my grandma details,which i sent to them via email:perfecthealthherbalmedicine gmail com,website:www perfecthealthherbal weebly com. then i purchased the herbal medicine for Parkinson diseases,after purchasing,the herbal medicine was shipped to my address,which i received within 2 days,when i received the herbal medicine i called them,and they told me how to use it,after 5 weeks of usage my grandma stiff muscles was released and she started walking,eat properly too,i was like a miracle,and our family doctor confirmed my grandma is Parkinson free,am so happy and God will bless perfecthealthherbalmedicinehome for their great work..

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Bonnie B.
Bonnie B11 days ago

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Bonnie B.
Bonnie B11 days ago

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 37. My father had it, so I don't know if it's my luck or heredity. My first problem was fine motor skills, especially writing. After five years of waiting, I saw a neurologist who confirmed my fears. I was immediately started on Sinemet. All of this was 22 years ago. I will be 59 in a few days. I have had good luck with the Sinemet and other meds like Mirapex, but I was extremely tired of it. I have also noticed cognitive decline, but that is also related to a now-removed brain tumor.i had to look for an alternative treatment. I read in a health forum of a herbal clinic in Johannesburg who has a successful treatment to P.D, i immediately contacted the herbal clinic via their website www (dot) Healthherbalclinic (dot) weebly (dot) com and purchased the parkinson's herbal formula. I received the parkinson's herbal treatment via courier and immediately commenced usage, i only used the herbal remedy for 7 weeks all my symptoms were unbelievably reversed, i did another series of test i was confirmed free of parkinson's. Visit www (dot) healthherbalclinic (dot) weebly (dot) com or email healthherbalclinic (at) gmail (dot) com

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Tracy A15 days ago

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Jennifer F
Jennifer F2 months ago

Everyone makes his or her own choices when using it illegally. As far as for medical reasons I am all for it and if I had the chance to use it for my medical problems I would do it in a heartbeat!

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heather g.
heather g4 months ago

Most of the people seem to be on 'something' .... so whether it's legal or not, it's being used extensively. As for me, I have such wonderful memories, I don't want to lose them....

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Jim Ven
Jim V4 months ago

thanks for sharing.

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Carol S.
Carol S4 months ago

There is no reason the drug shouldn't be used properly. It's only the druggies that cause issues :(

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Richard A.
Richard A4 months ago

Thank you for this article.
Please ignore my previous post.

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