Marijuana is illegal in many regions of the world, but let’s not ignore its beneficial effects.
While there are certain health problems such as memory impairment, heart attack and addiction linked to marijuana, there exist some (surprising) wonders cannabis can do for your health.
- Research in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics found that cannabidiol found in marijuana turns off a gene called “Id-1,” which cancer cells use to spread.
- Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases. University of Nottingham researchers found in 2010 that chemicals in marijuana, including THC and cannabidiol, interact with cells in the body that play an important role in gut function and immune responses. The study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
- Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that marijuana can increase lung capacity, not decrease it as many people have long believed.
- Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research by the Scripps Research Institute and published in Molecular Pharmaceutics.
- Marijuana might be able to eliminate Crohn's diseases. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. But a recent study in Israel showed that smoking a joint significantly reduced Crohn's disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients, and caused a complete remission of the disease in five of those patients.
- Marijuana has been shown in studies by Virginia Commonwealth University, to stop seizures in the school’s animal studies.
- In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that that some of the drug's benefits may actually be from reduced anxiety, which would improve the smoker's mood and act as a sedative in low doses.
- Marijuana can alleviate pain and inflammation linked to arthritis.
- It keeps you skinny and helps your metabolism.
- Research published in MedPage Today found that marijuana use eased tremors and improved fine motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease.
- Marijuana protects the brain after a stroke. Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana may help protect the brain from damage caused by stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke — at least in rats, mice, and monkeys. This isn't the only research that has shown neuroprotective effects from cannabis. Some research shows that the plant may help protect the brain after other traumatic events, like concussions.
- It lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.