7 Health Benefits Of Smoking Pot You Should Know!

 

7 Little-Known Health Benefits of Smoking Pot

Here’s Only 7 Little Known Health Benefits of Smoking Pot

People opposed to cannabis legalization seem to think that smoking a joint turns people into lazy, red-eyed, stoners that are unemployable & destroying their lives with weed. Is it true? Is cannabis bad for you? Now that the herb is legal in several states for personal or medical use, scientists finally have the freedom to study marijuana and the effects it has on the human body.

Their results are frankly astonishing. Every day, new evidence gives people ever more reason to smoke pot, and it is now clear that doing so has several very interesting health benefits. Here are just a few:

1.    Smoking weed helps with weight loss & obesity

Smoking pot can prevent obesity and help you lose weight

You may have a hard time believing that stoners can lose weight, especially after watching one get the munchies and devour a large-family-sized pizza in one sitting. However, the fact is that pot smokers are less likely to become obese than those who do not smoke weed, and these findings come from a study published in the journal Obesity. Scientists from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers evaluated 700 adult participants between the ages of 18- and 74-years. They found that those using marijuana had significantly lower body mass index scores, which is an indication of good health. Those with low BMIs have less body fat and their risk for diabetes is notably lower.

2.      Cannabis actually improves respiratory function

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Marijuana is not as bad for our lungs as we have falsely believed. In reality, pot smokers have better lung function than both tobacco puffers and non-smokers combined. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that pot smokers actually “train” their lungs to be more efficient by controlling inhalation and taking huge drags of their joints.

3.      Weed helps make you more creative

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Many creative smoke pot to give them inspiration. Back in 2012, a study published in Consciousness and Cognition found that cannabis enhances creativity, at least in terms of language. According to the researchers, “We investigated the effects of cannabis smoked naturalistically on schizotypy and divergent thinking, a measure of creativity.”

The team tested 160 participants for this study. On the first day, they were all completely sober. On another day, they were all high on marijuana. Results showed a significant increase in verbal fluency amongst low creative, which rose almost to the same level as high creative. Anecdotal evidence abounds too, and most are already familiar with the creative effects of marijuana.

4.      Pot can improve athletic performance

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After noting the sheer number of professional athletes crediting cannabis for increased recovery rates and performance, Gordy Megroz from Outside conducted a study of his own. Although his experiment was not particularly scientific, he definitely noticed improved treadmill performance and less discomfort after a session of heavy squats.

In his own words, Gordy said, “I do a heavy squat session while high, which would normally leave me sore for two days, but I am surprisingly fresh 24-hours later. Even when not stoned, other aches and pains seem to dissipate, too. Studies have shown that the drug has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is one reason why medical marijuana is so prevalent.” Because of federal illegality, studies are ongoing.

5.      Marijuana targets and  kills cancer cells

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Prescription marijuana

 

The U.S. government admitted that cannabis shrinks cancer cells. It says, on the official government website, that marijuana clearly destroys cancer cells in the laboratory, but that this evidence is exclusive to mice studies. As for humans, the site says, “There is not enough evidence to recommend that patients use cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.”

6.      Cannabis is proven to be much safer than alcohol

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Marijuana is actually the safest ‘available’ drug. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, one study found it 114 times less dangerous than alcohol. The study’s authors spent an exorbitant amount of time analyzing the effects of cannabis, alcohol, crystal meth, tobacco, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin, and found weed to be the safest of them all.

Those of us who have used marijuana since the 1970’s like myself, have been saying  for many  years tht alcohol is not only safer, but has zero side effects or will you ever experience hangovers from smokig pot.

7.      Smoking pot to treat  opioid addiction

 

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A recent study discovered that smoking pot helps people quit harmful opioid drugs, including heroin and prescription medications. Scientists from Columbia University studied patients receiving treatment for opiod addiction. They found those smoking pot were sleeping much better, feeling less anxious, and were more able to complete their treatment.

They also found that administering dronabinol to patients helps them handle the withdrawal process easier and relieves them of many associated symptoms. Dronabinol consists of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Additionally, opioid-related fatalities are much lower in states where recreational cannabis is legal.

Conclusion

As new evidence emerges, it is becoming increasingly clear that marijuana is good for human health. The big pharmaceutical companies are producing many different medicines and products to treat hundreds of varying diseases and illnesses. People have a myriad of very good reasons to smoke pot, and the above-mentioned points are only a few of them. As with everything in life, it is important to use weed responsibly and wisely to get the maximum benefit from it. If you use it cautiously and in moderation, and no harm will ever come to you. Marijuana has been recognized as a safe replacement for opioids, and will certainly help reduce addiction, and prevent opioid related deaths.

 

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2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Over here in Australia, marijuana has unofficially (illegally) been used for medical purposes for many years. The beneficial impacts have been so pronounced that people are willing to risk this.

    In particular it has been spectacular in the treatment of epilepsy for children. Children who were constantly fitting, had these reduced to the point they could function.

    Hemp oil has also proven to be wonderful in helping joint aches.

    Medicinal marijuana was legalised, with tight restrictions a couple of years ago but the producers are still jumping through hoops.

    Finally, about the myth of users characteristics. The majority of smokers are not as people think. I have been a professional for many years and a large number of my colleagues enjoyed a puff or three.

    You have a well presented, informative website here. Keep these good articles coming.

    Ciao
    Helen

    1. Thanks for your great comments Helen. Yes it has been proven that hemp oil, and CBD extracted from the marijuana plant, are very important for the treatment of many illnesses and diseases. Opiates will soon be replaced by cannabis products, eliminating addiction and overdoses. I feel that it won’t be long before marijuana is accepted as a legitimate form of medicine worldwide. Thanks again for your awesome comment!

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