Some people say marijuana is good for health, some say it isn’t, some have no idea of what marijuana really does to our body. However, all people, including smokers and non-smokers should have access to marijuana-related information and understand the effects of marijuana on a person’s body, especially the smokers.
Before this broad legalization wave, people had few ideas of what marijuana did to their bodies. There was little research out there explaining the benefits and risks of marijuana, so all that people really knew is what the others told them or what they experienced.
Now, marijuana has become more accessible to people. 30 U.S. states and Washington D.C has a medical marijuana program, in which 10 of them have recreational marijuana legalized as well.
Even though people have more access to both the plant and information about it, not everybody is into researching the effects of cannabis. Of course, there are some people that really go after it.
Unfortunately, it may be a little difficult to find concrete scientific information about the cannabis effects.
The good news is that for those who find it difficult finding researches and studies about marijuana, the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine gathered information from 10,000 studies and researches. With the information they took from this research, they released an enormous report in early 2017.
This report is probably the most complete you’ll find out there. There are around 100 conclusions in this report, and in order to help you with information provided in that review and in other researches, this article will show the benefits of cannabis to your health.
Pennsylvania medical marijuana program: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is in the process of implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, signed into law on April 17, 2016.
What are the health benefits of moderate consumption of marijuana?
There’s a range of benefits that marijuana brings to a moderate consumer, and one of them is that cannabis users are slightly less likely to be obese than non-marijuana smokers. Despite the munchies people get after smoking, researchers from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers found that marijuana consumers often have lower body mass index scores, which means a reduced likeliness to become obese and diabetic.
Marijuana helps with chronic pain
Marijuana consumers suffering from chronic pain can benefit from the consumption of the plant, relieving their pain and improving their quality of life.
This is incredibly important for residents of the U.S. since the country has around 25 million residents suffering from chronic pain. Additionally, patients suffering from chronic pain with an opioid prescription can benefit from the same alleviating effects if using marijuana.
If you don’t know why it is so important for chronic pain patients, every day around 115 U.S. residents die from an opioid overdose, and marijuana is a safer option for those suffering from chronic pain.
Marijuana helps with vomiting and nausea
If you suffer from any disease in which vomiting and nausea are one of its symptoms, the good news is that marijuana helps to alleviate these symptoms and reduces the user’s nausea and vomiting.
Marijuana is often used by patients with HIV and doing chemotherapy since most of them suffer from nausea and vomiting because of the treatment side effects.
Smoking weed also helps to increase HIV patients’ hunger.
Marijuana helps users quit other drugs and alcohol
A review published in 2016 by the Clinical Psychology Review showed that marijuana may help people struggling with alcohol or opioid abuse.
Most of the patients who use opioid as a treatment get addicted to it, which it’s no news since you all know about the U.S. opioid crisis.
In order to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths and addicted patients, some U.S. states with a medical marijuana program are including opioid prescription in the list of qualifying conditions.
Marijuana helps improving athletes performances
Maybe you’re not an athlete, you may just like to work out and practice some sports every now and then, but that’s still good news. Gordy Megroz of Outside did his own research after he noticed that athletes who consumed marijuana had an increase in their performance and recovery in relation to non-users.
Even if this wasn’t a scientific research, he claimed that after working out on the treadmill and doing squats he felt less sore if he consumed cannabis before. ‘I do a heavy squat session while high, which would normally leave me sore for two days, but I’m surprisingly fresh 24 hours later,’ said Megroz. ‘Even when not stoned, other aches and pains seem to dissipate, too. Posing with fish you’ve killed makes you hotter on Tinder, apparently’
This is probably because of the anti-inflammatory effects cannabis has on a person’s body, helping to promote muscle recovery.
Marijuana holds so many therapeutic benefits that it’s no wonder medical marijuana legalization is spreading all across America. The lives of many people improved after a medical marijuana treatment, including those of children suffering from epilepsy.
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