Marijuana, also known as grass, pot, weed, ganja and by many other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Modern research suggests that marijuana has a wide range of medicinal benefits. These benefits are not only limited to curing severe health diseases but also have the power to limit your daily life problems including the pressure at work for being creative, stress arising from it, nausea and low self-esteem because of more weight. So why to wait, let’s take a closer look at these benefits:
Role in Weight loss and type-2 diabetes
Marijuana is usually associated with a strong desire to eat junk foods, commonly known as “munchies”, so how can it help in losing weight? Well, the strains which are high in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cause munchies, while the strains that are high in either THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) or CBD (cannabidiol) show a beneficial result in weight loss. And along with its benefits in weight management, marijuana also helps in regulating insulin production in the body hence shows its prominence in weight-related type-2 diabetes.
Some examples of such strains include Charlotte’s Web, Pineapple Purps, Harlequin and Durban Poison.
Act as a sleeping pill
Sleeplessness or insomnia is the problem of every 1 in 3 in the world. Studies have shown that marijuana can play the role of an effective sleep aid. It induces sleep, promotes muscle relaxation and improves mood in situations of stress, chronic pain or PTSD-related nightmares.
Some studies also claim that marijuana-based medications are less addictive and more effective for long-term use than the traditional sleeping pills.
The kind of strain, its dosage, and frequency of dosage should be carefully monitored while using it for battling insomnia as results may vary person to person.
Could Make You More Creative
To show your worth in this competitive world, you have to make efforts constantly. To stand out from the crowd, you have to show your creativity on every new project. But how can one come out with new and innovative ideas in this work pressure? To your SURPRISE! MARIJUANA is the solution. Researchers suggested that as smoking marijuana induces hallucination, which in turn may give birth to innovative and unrelated ideas, hence yielding creative thinking. Ideas may take a new plight, going beyond the usual thought processing, and creating extraordinary or unusual thinking.
Can help you battle depression
Our brain produces chemicals called endocannabinoids. They affect our movement control, cognition and emotional behaviour. Some studies showed that under chronic stress the production of these chemicals get suppressed and may cause depression.
Marijuana has a chemical composition similar to that of endocannabinoids. Therefore, marijuana-based medicines may correct the levels and function, relieving depression symptoms.
But the role of marijuana as an antidepressant is still controversial as some studies suggested that it may have harmful effects on patients with certain mental disorders like psychosis.
Can improve lung function
Everyone is well aware by now that smoking is not good for health and may cause throat and lung cancers. So how does marijuana not hamper lung health, but surprisingly improves lung functions? Well, the reason is still unknown but studies had shown that moderate marijuana smokers had improved lung functions and increased lung capacity. Studies had also shown the positive effect of marijuana in asthma patients.
A Safer alternative to alcohol
Many studies have claimed that marijuana is safer than alcohol. Here are some of the highlighted points:
- Overdose effect: According to an official publication of the Scientific Research Society, taking merely 10times the usual intake of alcohol can lead to death, while in case of marijuana one has to take 1000 times the usual dose.
- Effect on the brain: It is well known that Alcohol use damages the brain. On the other hand, studies indicate that marijuana does not damage brain moreover it has neuroprotective properties.
- Cancer-causing/ or not: Alcohol consumption is linked to a wide variety of cancers (stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver etc.), while studies suggest marijuana does not cause any cancer.
Can kill cancer cells
Recent studies reported that marijuana (high-THC and high-CBD strains) can be helpful in treating certain types of cancers. A certain combination of marijuana phytochemicals may help fighting one patient’s cancer better than others. Therefore, the dosage of the marijuana-based medication has to be individualized.
Role of marijuana in cancer treatment is certainly positive, but it cannot be called a cure for cancers, therefore solely dependency on it may cause severe health complications.
Can relieve chronic pain and nausea
In this fast-paced world, ensuring complete health has become a struggle. Regular body pains, nausea and vomiting are to be battled one or the other day. And there are many studies showing evidence of marijuana as a pain reliever, and easing nausea and vomiting.