In a world where we’re constantly being told “less is more,” cannabis enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief, as studies are showing results that support the notion, “the more cannabis, the better.” In fact,there are all sorts of reasons why smoking weed is actually really good for you.
It helps with relaxation,digestion, sleep, even anxiety and depression. While we’re sure no one needs an excuse to partake in a little extra indulgence, here are some awesome reasons to smoke weed.
1. Gene altering, cancer-killing
In 2013, the government funded a study to be conducted on rats to see how cannabis alters genes and risk factors for cancer. The results were groundbreaking. Researchers discovered that not only can THC inhibit tumor growth, it actually alters habitual users’ genes, making it more difficult for cancer or inflammatory diseases to strike.
2. Skin cancer
A 2013 study performed on mice, published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, showed that after 20 weeks of cannabinoid exposure the risk of skin cancer was reduced by as much as 90%. Due to the cannabinoids, the mice also showed inhibited and suppressed tumour growth.
3. No connection to lung cancer
For years, people have been concerned about cannabis use and its correlation to lung cancer. Ingesting anything, especially smoke, over an extended period of time can have serious effects on the human body, but some new studies are showing no correlation between cannabis use and lung cancer.
THC has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer, so the idea that cannabis does not cause cancer doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
4. Adderall alternative
As the medical cannabis industry continues to grow and conduct new studies, more and more prescription pills will be replaced with natural cannabis. Recently, cannabis has shown to greatly reduce the effects of ADHD in adults and children, with fewer side effects than the highly addictive prescription amphetamine, Adderall.
5. Slim and trim
Many studies have been conducted to test the effects of cannabis on body weight. But a recent study found the conclusive evidence we’ve all been waiting for. Surprisingly, considering many of us fall victim to the munchies on a daily basis, cannabis users actually have smaller waistlines than non-smokers. Users also have higher HDL levels, the good cholesterol, implying that THC has a positive effect on insulin production and
Users also have higher HDL levels, the good cholesterol, implying that THC has a positive effect on insulin production and metabolism.
6. Reducing suicide rates
Mark Anderson, a professor at Montana State University, studied two groups of suicidal men, ages 20 – 29 and 30 – 39, to discover how medical cannabis affected their decisions. After states began legalising medical cannabis, Anderson discovered that men ages 20 – 39, in states with legal medical cannabis, experienced an extreme reduction in suicide.
7. Young mind, young body
Cannabinoids are proving over and over again that they have the power to fight ageing in the brain. Acting as an antioxidant, cannabinoids help to protect neurones on a molecular level. They also increase stamina, making regular cannabis users young in mind, body and definitely soul.
8. Osteoarthritis treatment
Joint pain from degrading bones sounds absolutely unbearable. Luckily, new research is showing that cannabis can be used as an effective treatment for Osteoarthritis, helping to reduce inflammation and circulate blood flow. This new evidence comes as a great joy to many patients suffering from this debilitating condition, as no prescription drugs are currently available to help tame the disease.
9. Seizure control
Epilepsy is one of the most common conditions treated with medical cannabis. CBD oils have proven over and over again to stop seizures in their tracks, and even prevent them from occurring. Especially in children, CBD oils offer more relief, without psychedelic side effects, than any prescription medication available.
10. The spark of creativity
Sativa strains are known for their ability to induce creative thinking, making them a great choice for artists, writers and musicians, who like to enjoy a buzz without the sleepy side effects of an indica. One study set out to review the creative mind under the influence of cannabis, revealing that an altered state of mind does allow for deeper, more cognitive thinking the frontal cortex of the brain.
11. Smoking weed can help you fall asleep.
Everyone knows weed helps you unwind. While there is considerable debate over the long-term effect marijuana has on sleep cycles, some feel that smoking a bowl before bedtime acts as a better sleep aid than other substances, like alcohol and certain sleeping-inducing medications.
12. Marijuana can also eliminate nightmares
Marijuana is also known to disturb the sleep cycle and suppress REM sleep.
Since dreams occurring during this type of sleep, marijuana can be used to interrupt this REM sleep and eliminate your full capacity to dream, thus eliminating your nightmars.
13. Marijuana makes food taste a million times better
There’s nothing better than getting stoned and stuffing your face with an endless array of snacks. But have you ever wondered why marijuana makes food taste so magical?
A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that, thanks to THC’s effect on the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, food appears more appetizing as a result of a heightened sense of smell.
14. Lighting up can lower your risk of diabetes
A study published in The American Journal of Medicine found that people who smoke marijuana had lower insulin levels and insulin resistance levels by 16 and 17 percent, respectively.
This suggests that cannabis may play a role in regulating blood sugar, which can decrease your risk of developing diabetes.
15. Pot can make your periods suck less
When it comes to managing premenstrual symptoms, marijuana could be a natural alternative to Midol.
Studies have found that THC is an analgesic and antinociceptive agent that can alleviate the pain of those killer cramps and pounding headache.
Plus, marijuana has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help with the bloating that occurs around that time of the month.
[Updated, originally published 16.11.2016]
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