Today, there are many considerations to reevaluate marijuana on cultural and legal levels. This is coming after the substance has been considered illegal for many decades. There are many benefits/advantages of using marijuana, and we shall see lots of these advantages in this article. However, there are still concerns by certain conservatives that marijuana's potential risks could outweigh its benefits in some cases.
The question is, what are the advantages inherent in the consumption of marijuana? Your answers are listed below.
The Advantages Of Marijuana
1. Marijuana consumers are less likely to be obese
Some research has shown that weed smoking makes you thinner. A study conducted and published in the Journal Obesity revealed that regular marijuana smokers are less likely to be obese than non-smokers. Another research conducted at the Conference of Quebec University Health centers on 700 adults was also positive. The result showed that cannabis users tend to have low body mass index (BMI) scores, which are often taken as a sign of good health.
Those with low Body Mass Index scores tend to have fewer body fats and are less susceptible to be down with diabetes.
2. It helps in pain management
The cannabinoids present in marijuana helps to reduce pain by altering the pain perception pathways in the brain. Marijuana can be used to treat conditions that lead to chronic pain such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraine, etc. it has also been reported to help minimize cancer treatment side effects such as the loss of appetite. There are reports that medical marijuana can help replace the long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, which can have negative side effects for users.
3. Marijuana helps in sleep management
The relaxation effects of marijuana can be used to improve sleep disorders like insomnia. When pain is reduced as a result of marijuana usage, improved sleep may also occur.
4. Treatment of neurological and mental disorders
As a result of the effects of the limbic system, doctors sometimes advocate for the use of marijuana to treat a neurological and mental health condition. Such health conditions include the likes of anxiety, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Tourette syndrome, etc.
5. It can improve the lung function of users
According to a research publication on the Journal of the American Medical Association, the big drags taken by weed smokers may actually "condition" the lungs to be more efficient. In actual sense, smoking cannabis is not actually that bad for your lungs. Weed smokers have relatively improved lung function when compared to cigarette smokers and non-smokers alike.
6. Cannabis consumption increases creativity
A research study conducted in 2012 in Consciousness and Cognition found that marijuana had a positive impact in the creative ability of people. The study showed that it was more profound in people's ability to use language. Researchers revealed that they investigated the effect of cannabis smoked naturalistically on schizotypy and divergent reasoning, a measure of creativity. Maximum of a hundred and sixty marijuana users were tested the day they were sober and another day when intoxicated with cannabis
The result showed that cannabis consumption improved verbal fluency in people with low creativity to the level of those with high level of creativity.
7. It is perceived to be safer than opioids
Irrespective of the notion that marijuana is a "gateway drug," research has revealed that the use of medical marijuana may reduce the dependency on dangerous prescription painkillers that have been fueling the opioid epidemic. Some researchers in 2016 published a research in the Journal Health Affairs. According to their findings, there were 1, 826 fewer daily doses of painkillers prescribed per year on the average, in states where medical marijuana was legal. Also, a review article published in Trends in Neuroscience showed that cannabinoids may help people addicted to opioid to come out of their addiction. Although human trials have been limited because marijuana has been classified as a schedule 1 drug, the researchers advocates that more studies are urgently needed.
8. Marijuana nay have anti-cancer effects
Although research is limited in this area, the possibility is highly promising. There has been news making the waves that Olivia Newton-John uses cannabidiol oil together with conventional medicine to fight her metastatic breast cancer. The actress's daughter made the revelation. There have been studies which show that the cannabidiol oil may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells outside of the human body. However, there have not been any real-life trials to prove such findings.
According to Gregory Gerdeman, assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College, "there have also been anecdotal patient reports an increasing number of legitimate clinical cases…that all indicate tumor-fighting activities of cannabinoids." However, it is yet to be ascertained whether traditional forms of marijuana would serve as an effective cancer therapy. Are there particular cancer types that the marijuana therapy might actually work against? This and many other questions demand answers at this point.
9. Marijuana is a better alternative to alcohol consumption
A report has revealed that cannabis is 114 times safer than alcohol. According to the journal of Scientific Reports, cannabis could actually be the safest drug available. The researchers studied the effects of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, crystal meth, and cannabis.
Disadvantages of Marijuana
• It increases the risk of heart attack
• May lead to suicidal thoughts in teens
• Obscures your ability to think and remember
• Slowed coordination
I believe that you have seen the numerous advantages that come from the responsible consumption of marijuana. The truth is that cannabis is to a very great extent safer than previously thought. There is however the need for more research to be done in this area. When next you see someone consuming cannabis, don't jump into conclusion thinking such a person is jeopardizing his or her health. According to this article, you will agree with me that contrary to popular beliefs, cannabis users take care of their health. Before you use marijuana for the treatment of any ailment, ensure you have the approval of a qualified medical professional.