Scientifically Proved Health Benefits of Marijuana

Scientifically Proved Health Benefits of Marijuana

The times have never been better (at least that we know of it) for the marijuana legalization supporters, as this drug (in both meanings of this word) has been made legally available in 29 American States and Washington D.C, whereas some states have even legalized recreational use, too. While some of the benefits of marijuana may be slightly exaggerated by the fervent advocates, most of its positive effects cannot be stated enough, so have it legal in medicinal purposes in the first place, as well as for controlled recreational usage, is more than good news.

There are two components of marijuana which provide its medicinal effect. One is cannabidiol (CBD) which impacts your brain without making you high. The second is THC, that is, tetrahydrocannabinol, which the major pain reliever and the main cause of getting high. Here are some major health benefits induce mostly by these two components.

It relieves chronic pain

This is the best know benefit of medicinal marijuana and the most common reason for its use. It has been well proved and established that cannabis and cannaboids found in the plant of marijuana are very effective in treating the chronic pain.

It helps with muscle spasms

It has been proved that marijuana largely helps in relieving muscle spasms, most notably with those caused by multiple sclerosis. However, it’s equally efficient with any other type of spasms as well. It’s been known to relive diaphragm spasms which are often unresponsive to other types of prescribed medicines.

It doesn’t impede lung capacity, on the contrary

Unlike cigarettes, smoking marijuana doesn’t do any harm to your lung capacity, on the contrary. It can actually help increase your lung capacity. A 20 years long research has shown that tobacco smokers do lose their lung function over time, unlike marijuana consumers, who show signs of increasing their lung capacity. This, however, may only be due to the deep inhaling while ingesting the drug, and not necessarily have anything to the with its medicinal properties. Be it as it may, the results are still good for your health.

It’s efficient in glaucoma treatment

Another very popular reason for marijuana medicinal use is the treatment of glaucoma, an eye disease that causes the increased eyeball pressure. Pot has been noted to help reduce the eye pressure, at least temporarily, thus reducing its negative effects, which include damaging the optic nerve and eventual loss of the eyesight.
Hopefully, marijuana could be used as a basic compound from which new drugs with a more permanent effect on treating glaucoma could be derived.

It helps control different types of seizures

A number of people have reported that marijuana is the only thing that helps stop their epileptic seizures or those of their children. There are studies which support these claims, stating the CBD as the compound that helps with epileptic seizures where none other treatment helps. However, scientists point out that not enough research has been done to make any bold claims, but there definitely is enough material to continue the study.

Pot has also been found effective in treating the seizure caused by the so-called Darvet Syndrom. This has been documented in a documentary movie called “Weed” where 5-year old Charlotte who suffers from the above mentioned syndrome is given medicinal marijuana. It seemed to significantly reduce the number of her seizures. It was given as treatment to other children with the same syndrome, and it was equally effective.

The doctors say that cannabidiol has a calming effect on the brain cells and reduces their excessive activity which is the root cause of those seizures, which is why medical marijuana dispensaries like have been able to operate legally in a growing number of states. Medicinal benefits of marijuana are well proved and documented, but it’s important to use it responsibly and moderately, as well as to explore its exact effectiveness for a certain

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