The harmful effects of marijuana are well known, with risks to users including memory problems, lack of concentration, and even a higher incidence of lung cancer but very little information regarding the beneficial effects of marijuana. With the growing trend toward the use of medical marijuana and the highly debated topic of legalization, we collected the 5 Beneficial Effects of Smoking Marijuana:
1. Neuropathic Pain Management
Neuropathic pain is any sort of chronic pain, often accompanied with tissue damaged caused by a variety of conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Marijuana contains cannabinoids (primarily THC) that naturally occur within the receptor system of the human body. Numerous studies have determined that cannabinoids reduce pain and can be an alternative treatment for cancer patients, people living with HIV/AIDS, those suffering from eye pain, menstrual pain, and any kind of shooting or burning pain with sensations of tingling or numbing.
2. Antiemesis Control
Cannabis effectively helps manage antiemesis, or nausea and vomiting, caused by chemotherapy, a variety of illnesses, and even after consuming too much alcohol. Cannnabinoids decrease inflammation and can effectively and quickly control symptoms of antiemesis just minutes after using the drug.
3. Decreased Muscle Spasms
Marijuana can effectively decrease or eliminate muscles spasms caused by a variety of conditions. As a muscle spasm is caused by the involuntary contraction of a muscle, cannabinoids have anticonvulsive properties that can lessen, decrease, or entirely eliminate muscle spasms and may help those living with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
4. Appetite Stimulant
Researchers debate frequently as to why marijuana causes an increase in appetite but many scientists again blame THC/cannabinoids. Marijuana contains chemicals similar to the natural biochemicals that release into the bloodstream in response to an empty stomach. When the brain senses the biochemicals or cannabinoids, the brain binds the chemicals, and the process triggers the body's response of hunger. THC also binds to the "hunger" receptor and therefore, a user's brain signals the body to eat. Marijuana can treat those suffering from the effects of loss of appetite, because of chemotherapy, anorexia, lymphoma, gastroenteritis, HIV/AIDS, and a multitude of other illnesses.
5. Antidepressant Properties, Decreased Psychosis
Psychologists and researchers have studied patients living with mental illnesses, like schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Researchers determined that THC can significantly decrease psychotic episodes when intravenously administered with Cannabidiol and also believe marijuana could act as an antidepressant, alleviate anxiety, and perhaps offer a neuroprotective benefit for most people living with mental health issues.