Decades of anti-drug campaigning have made us believe that marijuana is the devil…
But the world is waking up to the TRUTH…
And the truth says:
Marijuana has some incredible benefits to offer us.
It turns out this plant has amazing medicinal, psychological and social value.
There are already countless documented benefits of marijuana…and probably even more undocumented ones.
BUT it’s not all roses:
Marijuana also has adverse effects and unwanted side-effects.
Plus proponents of marijuana use are sometimes making outrageous claims which are just based on anecdotal evidence.
Thus the question remains:
What’s the real story?
What can science tell us about the benefits of marijuana?
In this post you will learn 61 incredible benefits of marijuana that are backed by science…
And anytime anyone starts talking bad about marijuana or starts making outrageous claims like marijuana can resurrect dead people…
…it is your DUTY to whip out this post and smack the heretic with this post, right on his head.
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
1. Marijuana helps relief nausea and vomiting
The most well known cannabinoid in marijuana: THC, has shown to be extremely effective in relieving chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
A study done in 2001 found that: “patients who smoked cannabis showed a 70 – 100% relief from nausea and vomiting, while those who used a Δ9-THC capsule experienced 76 – 88% relief.”
2. Marijuana stimulates appetite and weight gain in AIDS, cancer and anorexia nervosa patients
Many studies throughout the years have shown marijuana use is directly correlated with increasing appetite and weight. The exact mechanism is still unclear, but we do know there’s a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors in brain parts that are associated with control of food intake.
A couple of example studies:
A 1994 study which looked at the effects of marijuana on mean daily energy intake found that the mean daily energy intake of participants who used marijuana was significantly higher than when they didn’t use marijuana.
An experimental laboratory study done in 1988, found that smoked marijuana significantly increased total daily caloric intake by a whopping 40%!
3. Marijuana decreases spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)
The effects of marijuana on psychomotor dysfunction and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis are well documented.
Multiple sclerosis patients in many studies have reported a dramatic decrease in spasticity when using marijuana. Especially smoking marijuana has strong evidence for decreasing spasticity and pain.
A study done in 2012 found that inhaled cannabis had a beneficial effect on spasticity among MS patients receiving insufficient relief from traditional treatments.
A MS patient given CBD:
4. Marijuana could help with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
ALS is one of the 3 most deadly neurodegenerative diseases known to humans. And while there’s a lot of research to be done, the initial studies done on animals show that cannabinoids have many neuroprotective properties which can be of use in treating ALS.
A 2006 study which looked at shown that cannabinoid-treated animals had a significant increase in motor unit survival and motor neuron survival.
5. Marijuana reliefs all symptoms associated with spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injury can be a very impactful condition that interferes with your daily life. Some of the symptoms which particularly can interfere with your general well being are pain, muscle spasms, spasticity and difficulties sleeping.
Multiple studies have shown that marijuana can help with all of these symptom and improve the general quality of life of people suffering a spinal cord injury.
6. Marijuana can help with epilepsy
More and more studies suggest that epileptic activity is related to changes in the levels and distribution of cannabinoid receptors in the hippocampus.
So it’s no coincidence that for over decades, cannabinoids have been shown to reduce seizures very effectively…especially in patients that have a resistance to traditional treatments.
A man struggling with epileptic seizures smokes marijuana:
7. Marijuana alleviates chronic pain
Chronic pain is a complex condition which involves many factors and is a cause for a reduced quality of life.
Multiple clinical studies have shown that smoked or vaporized marijuana can lead to a significant decrease in chronic neuropathic pain associated with various syndromes and diseases.
A 2011 study that looked at the effects of vaporized marijuana and its effects on chronic neuropathic pain, found that vaping marijuana 3 times a day for 5 days resulted in a significant decrease in pain of 27%.
8. Marijuana may help treat bladder pain syndrome (BPS)
BPS can keep you up all night forcing you to frequent the bathroom at rather unwanted times…
In 2014 researchers found that a synthetic activator of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), significantly decreased bladder inflammation and urinary frequency in mice with BPS.
This same cannabinoid receptor gets activated by the cannabinoids present in marijuana. Thus marijuana could prove to be an effective medicine for BPS. Further research is needed.
9. Marijuana reduces headaches and migraine attacks
Although headache conditions usually are not deadly…
Ask anyone who is suffering from heavy migraine and that person will tell you what a hell he/she goes through while a migraine attack flares up.
I have 2 friends who suffer heavily from migraine from time to time and marijuana helps them tremendously in coping with it.
Science has found that activation of the endocannabinoid system “could represent a promising therapeutical tool for reducing both the physiological and inflammatory components of pain that are likely involved in migraine attacks”.
And guess what activates the endocannabinoid system…
The cannabinoids found in marijuana.
10. Marijuana could help with osteoarthritis (OA) by preventing cartilage breakdown
Although research on this topic is scarce…there have been some studies done on animals which have shown that activation of cannabinoid receptors helped controlling pain caused by OA.
Also a more recent 2016 study which looked at the effects of cannabinoids on cartilage breakdown in OA in humans, concluded that “cannabinoids may prevent cartilage breakdown in OA.”
All we can say to the medical world is:
Open up the gates and find the resources to dive deeper into this.
11. Marijuana could relief rheumatoid arthritis pain and stop its progress
Again the research on this topic is scarce…but the research that has been done is promising.
Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune diseases where the immune system attacks your joints…not very pleasant.
But marijuana-based medicines could help with massive pain relief caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
A study done in 2005 found that a cannabis-based medicine named Sativex had significant pain reliving effects and significantly suppressed the disease activity of rheumatoid arthritis in human patients.
12. Marijuana can help with all symptoms associated with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition which can severely affect your daily life through fatigue, cognitive and emotional disturbances.
Although nothing suggests that marijuana could cure fibromyalgia…a growing body of evidence shows that it definitely could help with treating its symptoms.
A 2011 study found that cannabis users showed a significant reduction in stiffness and pain, enhancement of relaxation and just a general increase in feelings of well being.
13. Marijuana could help with osteoporosis by stimulating bone formation
Osteoporosis is a bone diseases which is characterized by an increased risk of fractures caused by a reduce in bone mineral density.
Cannabinoid receptor CB2 is thought to stimulate bone formation and inhibit bone resorption and this receptor gets activated by cannabinoids found in marijuana. A 2009 study concluded that existing research points towards a potential role for “cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis”.
14. Marijuana could prevent degenerative disc disease (DDD)
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is the degeneration of intervertebral discs located in the spine. It can lead to severe and chronic neck and back pains.
A study done in 2014 on rats found that repeated injection of CBD significantly improved DDD symptoms even 15 days after CBD injection was stopped.
15. Marijuana can improve symptoms associated with dystonia up to 50%
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder which causes abnormal movements and muscle contractions.
While there’s still a lot of research to be done…a study done all the way back in 1986 found that daily intake of 100mg to 600mg of the cannabinoid CBD coadministered with standard medication, improved dystonia up to 50%.
This is quite a massive improvement and only the pharmaceutical companies know why there hasn’t been poured any extra research in this topic.
16. Marijuana could weaken the progression of Huntington’s disease (HD)
HD is an inherited neurodegenerative disease that results in the progressive loss of brain cells. As the disease progresses, it results in problems with mood, mental abilities and psychomotor abilities.
Although there’s a clinical study which looked at the efficacy of CBD on improving symptoms related to HD that found no significant effect…
A study done in 2010 concluded that downregulation of the cannabinoid receptor CB1 is a key pathogenic effect in HD, and activation of this receptor might weaken the progression of HD…
And what activates this receptor?
17. Marijuana helps with the movement disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD)
PD is another neurodegenerative disease which mainly affects the motor system.
Unfortunately there’s no cure to this disease…but besides anecdotal evidence of marijuana helping with PD tremor, a 2001 study found that marijuana could help with decreasing the tremors associated with levodopa-induced movement disorders (levodopa is one of the main medications used to treat PD).
A PD patient treating his tremors with marijuana:
18. Marijuana helps with Tourette’s syndrome (TS)
TS is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by physical and vocal tics.
Like with many inherited disorders there’s no cure for TS…
But a 2014 study found that THC can cause a significant tic reduction in TS patients.
19. Marijuana could help prevent glaucoma
Glaucoma is a nasty eye disease which can ultimately lead to irreversible blindness.
A study done in 2004 which analyzed different research papers concluded that because cannabinoids effectively lower intraocular pressure (one of the main risk factors in glaucoma) and have neuroprotective effects, cannabinoids could be useful in the treatment of glaucoma.
And yet another reason to dive deeper into the healing properties of marijuana…
20. Marijuana acts as a bronchial dilator in asthma
How could a plant that’s being smoked help with asthma?
Well it turns out the main cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, significantly improves ventilatory function in asthma patients.
However smoking it is not the best idea…especially for an asthma patient because it can irritate and damage our delicate respiratory system.
Instead what we always advice is to use a vaporizer (but not just any vaporizer…the right one for you)!
21. Marijuana can lower arterial blood pressure in patients with hypertension
Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for all kinds of diseases mainly related to the heart and arteries.
We all heard marijuana can calm you down…
But did you know it can also calm down your blood pressure?
A study done all the way back in 1979 found that THC caused a greater and longer-lasting decrease of arterial blood pressure in hypertensive subjects compared to persons with a normal blood pressure.
22. Marijuana can reduce anxiety
Although marijuana is also known to be a cause of anxiety…
A study done in 2011 found that the cannabinoid CBD, significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in anticipatory speech of patients suffering from Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder.
Important here to note is that most marijuana strains are very low on CBD, so if you would want this effect…go for the high CBD strains.
23. Marijuana can be an effective anti-depressant
Depression is a complex mental problem, and should always be treated by looking at the deeper underlying causes.
However if you’re depressed options can run short, and a temporary boost in mood can lead to a mental clarity which can in turn lead to different perspectives on the causes of your depression.
In 2007 researchers found that at low doses, THC acts as an effective anti-depressant by increasing the feel-good neurotransmitter: serotonin in your brain.
But there’s a catch:
At higher doses THC actually had an opposite effect and increased feelings of depression.
So don’t just go blindly using marijuana to treat your depression.
24. Marijuana can help with sleep disorders by effectively improving sleep quality
Anyone that ever used marijuana in any way before going to bed, knows how easy it is to fall asleep after a good session.
But did you know marijuana and cannabis-based medicines are actually prescribed as official medicines for people with sleep disorders?
And not without reason.
In a study done in 2007, researchers found that the use of Sativex (a cannabis-based medicine) demonstrate marked improvement in sleep parameters in 2000 subjects with 1000 patient years of with a wide variety of pain conditions. Of all patients, 40–50% “attained good or very good sleep quality, a key source of disability in chronic pain syndromes that may contribute to patients’ quality of life”.
25. Marijuana can help eliminate nightmares associated with PTSD
PTSD can be an extremely impactful mental disorder, which develops after a person experiences a traumatic event.
Although marijuana sometimes gets labeled as a feel-good substance…
It can actually completely eliminate nightmares associated with PTSD. Research done in 2009 also found that a cannabis-based medicine named nabilone, reduced daytime flashbacks and improved overall sleep quality in PTSD patients.
26. Marijuana can be a much healthier alternative for harmful drugs
Yes, I know this sounds ironic for some people…
…a ‘drug’ to help control drug abuse. But marijuana is no drug. After over 20 medical benefits you must know by now it’s a natural plant with amazing medicinal properties.
Researchers who surveyed 350 medical cannabis patients found that 40% reported using medical marijuana as an alternative for alcohol, 26% as a substitute for illicit drugs and 66% as an alternative for prescription drugs. The main reasons for using medical marijuana as a substitute were found to be:
- Less adverse side-effects, and;
- Better symptom management.
27. CBD is an extremely potent antipsychotic for schizophrenia patients
Marijuana use has actually been linked to the development of schizophrenia and psychosis in persons that already have a susceptibility towards psychiatric disorders.
However what most people don’t know is that CBD, the second most well known cannabinoid in marijuana, is a very potent antipsychotic. A 2012 study showed that CBD is an as potent antipsychotic as one of the most used traditional medicines in the treatment of schizophrenia, amisulpride. Not only that…but CBD actually had less negative side-effects.
Again important here is to go for CBD strains that contain no THC here…or just get some CBD oil.
28. Marijuana could help with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia
AD is a nasty neurodegenerative disease which can eventually lead to dementia.
One of the key processes which leads to loss of brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease is Aβ aggregation.
THC has been shown a very effective inhibitor of Aβ aggregation, even more effective than the currently approved prescription drugs for AD.
This means marijuana use over a longer period of time potentially could stop Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks.
29. Marijuana can help with inflammatory skin diseases
There have been some studies which found a positive effect of the synthetic cannabinoid HU-210 on pain and irritation associated with inflammation of the skin.
Important to note here is that HU-210 is 100 to 800 times more potent than natural THC and a lot more research is needed before real conclusions can be drawn about the effectiveness of cannabinoids on inflammatory skin diseases.
30. Marijuana can help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
A cannabis-based medicine named dronabinol has been shown to be of benefit to IBS patients with constipation and diarrhea.
Dronabinol basically is THC.
31. Marijuana can improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases
Marijuana in general has anti-inflammatory properties…
And these properties even extent to your guts.
In 2011 researchers found that with cannabis use 21 of 30 patients significantly improved their Crohn’s diseases (CD). In addition, the need for regular medications was significantly reduced and the frequency of surgery required went significantly down in the yeas of cannabis use.
32. Marijuana can help with diseases of the liver
Did you know marijuana can help with alcohol-caused liver diseases like liver fibrosis?
The irony here is that alcohol is legal and marijuana is still illegal in large parts of the world…
In 2011 researchers concluded that CBD induces death of hepatic stellate cells (HCS). The activation of these cells is a major cause of in the development and progression of liver fibrosis. The researchers further propose that CBD definitely could be a therapeutic agent for the treatment of liver fibrosis.
33. Marijuana could help weight loss in obesity
We already know that marijuana can help with gaining weight in AIDS, cancer and anorexia nervosa patients.
However, this is crazy:
The right combination and ratios of cannabinoids could help obese persons lose weight.
A 2012 study done on rats, found that a cannabis extract containing a THC : CBN : CBD ratio of 1.0 : .2 : 0.4, caused a significant reduction of weight gain in obese rats.
34. Marijuana could potentially prevent diabetes
In 2011 researchers looked at the association between diabetes mellitus (DM) and marijuana use.
And what they found was extremely encouraging:
This does not necessarily mean marijuana prevents DM…but it potentially could and a finding like this definitely should encourage more research into this topic.
35. Marijuana can kill brain tumors
You probably already heard of many anecdotal reports of cannabis oil treating eliminating cancers…
But never was there sound scientific proof for marijuana killing cancer.
This all changed in 2014 when researchers actually proved that THC and CBD stop the growth of one of the most aggressive cancers known to adult humans: glioma (brain cancer). They found that especially combined with traditional radiotherapy, THC and CBD were extremely effective in destroying glioma.
36. Marijuana (CBD) inhibits tumor growth in breast cancers
CBD just seems to have an anti-effect against any type of tumor…
In 2015 researchers showed that CBD significantly inhibits tumor growth in one of the most aggressive breast cancers: triple-negative breast cancer. They further propose that CBD could be used as a new therapeutic option in treating breast cancers in general.
37. Marijuana (THC) could inhibit tumor growth in melanoma
Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer.
In 2013 researchers looked at the anti-cancer properties of anandamide, which is an endocannabinoid. Endocannabinoids are compounds which are naturally produced by the body and closely resemble the cannabinoids found in marijuana.
What they found was that anandamide had anti-tumor properties in melanoma partially by activation of CB1 receptors…which are the same receptors that get activated by THC.
So no conclusions, but definitely food for further research.
38. Marijuana could help prevent bladder cancer
In an analysis of a survey done on over 84000 men aged from 45 to 69 years old, researchers found that cannabis use was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer. This does not mean there’s a causal effect, but it does warrant further exploration of the topic.
Important to note here is that cannabis users which also used tobacco, or tobacco-only users, actually had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
Another reason to stop smoking cigarettes or weed mixed with tobacco.
39. Marijuana could help kill leukemia cells
Leukemia is a type of cancer of the bone marrow an blood cells. It’s the most common cancer in children.
In 2013, researchers found that the cannabinoids found in marijuana, were more effective in being toxic to and inhibiting growth of leukemia cells when used in combination with one another.
Especially the cannabinoids CBD and CBG combined seemed to be synergetic and most effective.
40. Marijuana may help treat lung cancer
The body has natural defense mechanisms vs cancer and one of them is the occurrence of lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells. These cells help kill tumor cells in lung cancer.
As it turns out, the cannabinoid CBD actually increases the susceptibility of cancer cells being killed by these LAK cells.
CBD turns out to be detrimental to nasty cancer cells in many ways.
41. Marijuana could treat pancreatic cancer
A 2006 study found that the cannabinoids present in marijuana reduced growth of tumor cells in animals which had pancreatic cancer.
Not only that but it also stopped the spreading of the tumor cells in the body.
42. Marijuana could treat colon cancer
More and more evidence is showing the cannabinoids in marijuana can actually help with every type of cancer.
In 2011 Italian researchers looked at effects of CBD on colon cancer and concluded that CBD reduced polyps, tumors and protected DNA from oxidative damage in mice with colon cancer.
43. Marijuana can stop the spread of prostate cancer
A 2009 study in the British Journal of Cancer found that a synthetic CB2 receptor activator named JWH-015 inhibited growth of prostate cancer cells in mice.
This same CB2 receptor gets activated by the cannabinoids found in marijuana. THC and CBD specifically.
44. Marijuana can help with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
A study done in 2013 looked at the effects of cannabinoid CBD on compulsive behaviors in rats. What they found was that CBD decreased the compulsive behavior of marble-burying in OCD rats.
Dem rats and their marbles…
Further research has to point out whether it can help humans with OCD.
45. Marijuana could help with atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which the artery walls thicken and which eventually over the years can lead to the obstruction of proper blood flow.
Researchers found in a study done in 2012, that inhalation of marijuana could actually lead to worsening of coronary syndromes. But marijuana used in any other way (edibles for example) could actually have a healing effect on atherosclerosis.
46. Marijuana could aid neurogenesis
Neurogenesis is the process by which new brain cells (neurons) are created in the brain…
A Brazilian study done in 2013 found that CBD aided neurogenesis in a significant way, especially in the hippocampus (part of the brain). But this was in mice.
Further research has to conclude whether the same holds true for humans…but it definitely could.
47. Marijuana can prevent brain damage after strokes and trauma
In 2014, researchers found that if you have low amounts of THC in your system, you have 80% less chance to die from head injuries compared to someone without any THC in his/her system.
So please just take 1 puff of your vaporizer (yes…vaping is better than smoking, in every possible way) before you decide to bump heads with your bros.
48. Marijuana can improve concentration, sleep and reduce impulsivity in ADHD patients
Anecdotal evidence of ADHD patients successfully self-medicating with marijuana is plenty.
However science didn’t dive deeper into this topic until 2015. This is when German researchers looked at the effectiveness of marijuana in treating ADHD symptoms in 30 patients. They concluded that ALL patients improved on concentration, sleep and impulsivity.
So there might be some truth to all these anecdotes after all…
49. Marijuana could protect the brain from stress
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence of marijuana helping people to unwind after a stressful day.
But is there any scientific basis to this?
It turns out that synthetic cannabinoids help to combat cognitive deficits that occur when living beings are being exposed to chronic stress for weeks on end…these ‘living beings’ being rats.
So it’s not directly translatable to humans but there seems to be some scientific basis to all the anecdotes.
50. Marijuana could help with chronic heart failure (CHF)
We already know marijuana can help lower blood pressure in persons with hypertension.
But can it also help with any heart conditions?
A study done in 2013 found that activation of the CB1 receptor (a cannabinoid receptor) had a protective effect against CHF…in mice.
You must know by now how the CB1 receptor gets activated (hint: a specific type of compound found in marijuana).
51. Marijuana could help with malaria
Cerebral malaria is a dangerous parasitical disease which is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans, which in the most severe cases can lead to coma or even death.
Although there are already medicines to treat malaria…
In 2015 researchers showed that one of the main medicines to treat malaria: Artesunate, was actually more effective when used with CBD. Mice that were treated with both artesunate and CBD, had full cognitive functions restored, whereas mice that were only treated with Artesunate kept cognitive deficits.
Even without Artesunate, mice treated with only CBD had major decreases in inflammation, anxiety and cognitive deficits.
52. Marijuana can help increase libido both in males and females
If you’ve ever used marijuana while making love…
You know what an enhancement it can be heightening your sensitivity to touch in almost orgasmic ways.
But did you know it also can increase your libido?
In 1987 researchers concluded that marijuana initially increases libido and potency. But be careful, heavy chronic use actually may lead to a decrease of libido.
Also a survey done on over 1400 respondents showed 14% of people used marijuana to increase libido or just as a sexual enhancer.
53. THC reduces the infectivity of the herpes virus
Once you’re infected with the herpes virus there unfortunately is no cure. It can lead to blisters and is even associated with certain types of cancers.
A study done in 1991 found that THC had the potential to reduce the infectivity of herpes simplex virus up to 80%.
So even though once herpes is in your body there’s no way to get it out…marijuana could potentially help preventing the infections caused by it.
Non-Medical Benefits of Marijuana
54. Marijuana use can lead to general feelings of euphoria and relaxation
A review study which looked at 12 self-report studies found that two of the most reported feelings that were felt under the influence of marijuana were euphoria and relaxation.
These feelings are also the main reason why recreational users use marijuana (including me).
55. Marijuana legalization may be related to a decrease in traffic fatalities
While we would advice against driving under the influence of marijuana under any circumstance…
In 2013, researchers found that legalization of medical marijuana actually was related to a decrease of 10% in traffic fatalities, the first full year after the legalization came into effect.
They further note although a possible explanation for this decrease might have to do with marijuana being a substitute of alcohol, it does not necessarily mean driving under the influence of marijuana is safer than under alcohol.
56. Marijuana legalization may be related to reductions in rates of homicide and assault
I don’t know about you…but I don’t need any science to believe criminalizing anything that has demand in society just breeds more criminality. Demand will always be met with supply. It’s simple economics.
So to me it’s only logical de-criminalizing marijuana reduces crime rates. Well it turns out there’s actually scientific evidence pointing towards exactly this.
A study done in 2014 found that medical marijuana legalization was not related to increased crime rates of any type, and actually was related to reductions in rates of homicide and assault.
And although this is not a benefit directly relate to marijuana use…it is a benefit related to marijuana so we included it.
57. Marijuana can improve creativity
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence of artists claiming their creativity is enhanced when under the influence of marijuana…
For me personally this creativity finds expression in strategy games…I often come up with the wildest strategies when I’m under the influence of marijuana.
But there’s actually scientific proof besides the anecdotal evidence…
In 2014 researchers tested a mix of 45 ex-mdma users, ex-cannabis users and nondrug-user on different measures of creativity. What they found was that ex-cannabis users had way more rare-creative responses than both other groups.
58. You cannot overdose on marijuana
Did you ever hear of anyone dying from a marijuana overdose?
Probably not. Because it’s virtually impossible.
A study done in 2015 that looked at the ratio between the overdose benchmark and the estimated human intake of various ‘drugs’, found that with marijuana you would have to take more than 10.000 times the estimated human intake to overdose on it.
Good luck doing that…
Some other ‘drugs’ like alcohol and nicotine were extremely high risk in this area. Taking less than 10 times the estimated human intake can already lead to a fatal overdose.
The irony is that these ‘drugs’ are legal all over the world.
59. Marijuana (CBD) can help you stop smoking
The cannabinoid CBD can actually help you stop smoking cigarettes.
In 2013, researchers found that when smokers who wished to stop smoking used a CBD inhaler whenever they had the urge to smoke, reduced the numbers of cigarettes they smoked by a whopping 40%!
60. Regulating marijuana results in massive revenue and savings for states and countries alike
An analysis done in 2012 in the state of Colorado, found that regulating marijuana like alcohol would generate $60 million a year in revenue and savings.
This money could be used for constructive projects and in turn would generate thousands of new jobs in the process.
Marijuana use can actually be good for the economy.
61. Legalizing marijuana can lead to socioeconomic improvements of disadvantaged communities
It’s no secret that the prohibition of marijuana has had disproportional judicial effects on communities which already hold a low spot on the socio-economic ladder. The number of ‘marijuana-offenders’ behind bars largely consists of young adults from disadvantaged communities.
Decriminalizing marijuana could promote upward social mobility by giving these and potential future ‘marijuana-offenders’ a new chance to do something meaningful for themselves and their communities.
So why was marijuana a schedule 1 drug again?
The potential of this plant is IMMENSE.
Yes, a lot of studies regarding the medical benefits of marijuana are still in their infancy and marijuana is officially a medicine for only a handful of conditions…
But there’s plenty of evidence that the compounds found in marijuana could be useful in the treatment of over 50 medical conditions!
We believe marijuana is a blessing from nature…
But like with every substance, it has to be used very carefully and responsibly to really get the benefits.
Improper and irresponsible use of marijuana can actually turn it into a poison. The strain you use and the manner of intake are of paramount importance to get specific benefits…and more importantly to avoid unwanted side-effects.
Based on the scientific literature we always advice AGAINST using marijuana under the following conditions:
- When you’re under 18 years old;
- If you’re just a recreational user, never use marijuana daily;
- If you’re just a recreational user, never use marijuana heavily (yes this is subjective…but don’t finish up gram after gram);
- If you have a history of psychotic disorders or think you might have any susceptibility towards them…never use high THC strains of marijuana. Look out for the CBD strains.
What is the best way to use marijuana?
We believe vaping marijuana is the most convenient and safest way to use marijuana. And for that you’ll need the right vaporizer for your specific needs.
Smoking it, although much less harmful than smoking tobacco, is still bad news for your respiratory system.
And edibles can be very tricky to dose. They can really hit like a truck and are rather unpredictable.
And let’s just not talk about injecting marijuana…
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