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10 Health Benefits of Marijuana

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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7:30AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

John S. said:

"And Clifford. while Marinol doesn't work for everyone, neither does Marijuana."

See what I said below. No medicine works equally well for everyone. There are a lot of medicines that only work for a minority of people.

3:48AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Sarah H, they do make pills that are also standardise so you know the dose of what you are taking. I was specifically looking for the significance for those with MS because I have less problems with spasms (as I take baclofen for muscle spasms, pain and stiffness) and can't see the point of someone with balance issues taking something that negatively impacts balance and gait. And Clifford. while Marinol doesn't work for everyone, neither does Marijuana. Personally, if it's to reduce stress and anxiety, use Bach's Rescue or Bach's Rescue Sleep, after all, it is natural.

8:27AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

i live in holland and have used cannabis allot in my earlyer general it made me a more calmer and patent individual.ive used cannabis on daily basis for an amount of 2years during a real darltime in my life and regardless of my heavy usage during this time ive came to my work on time and whas productive and never had an hangover kind of attitude,i would never smoke while at work but as soon as i got home i started never had any effect on me to venture into hard drugs what so ever and i prefer a joint over alcohol any day.when it comes to addiction then i can only say that canabis is way less addictive then tabacco and alcohol and the only withdraw symptoms are the urge to smoke another joint for about a week then the mental urge is gone.

7:37PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014


11:58AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Yes, there are many health benefits of this plant that was dubbed, "the miracle plant" way back when.

As for the memory loss...I know folk who don't inhale that are forgetful. Addiction? Hmmm? That all depends on the will power of the person.

After watching the True History of Marijuana, I have become even more informed.

Thanks for sharing.

7:51AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

thank you so much!

9:01PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

As far as I'm concerned, the 'harmful' content has been taken out of the natural form. I use only marijuana high in CBD content for anxiety. I could not get high if I wanted to. The only drawback that I can see is that medical marijuana dispensaries run out of this quickly.

4:57PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

interesting thank you

1:58PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

"Why can't they take the helpful properties out and put it into pill form so you don't get impaired when you take it medicinally?"

You should also be aware that the "impairment" from marijuana is usually very mild in experienced users. It isn't like alcohol where a couple drinks will render most people unsafe to drive, and more will render them unable to do anything.

The "impairment" from marijuana usually amounts to little more than mild relaxation. Laboratory tests have shown that, for experienced users, the only reliable way to tell if they are "stoned" is to ask them. Even with fairly large doses experienced users don't fail standard sobriety tests and their performance never gets worse than someone with a .08 alcohol blood level.

In 1980, Road and Track did an article titled "Puff, The Dangerous Driver". The point of the article was to prove that marijuana impaired people on the road. They took two groups of drivers. One group got increasing doses of marijuana, while the other got increasing doses of alcohol. The alcohol group was soon all over the road -- clearly dangerous. The marijuana group actually got better at the course each time they drove, despite the increasing doses.

This is not to recommend marijuana for driving. No one should drive while impaired on anything. It is simply to point out that marijuana does not impair them enough to keep them from learning and improving.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

"These are "in general" points - everyone is different"

There is no medicine that works equally well for everyone. In fact, for a lot of recognized medicines, only a minority of people can benefit from them.

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