Still Believe Nature Got It Wrong? Top 10 Health Benefits of Marijuana

May 1, 2013 | By | 20 Replies More

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There is no plant on Earth more condemned than marijuana. We’re talking about a living organism which governments have taken upon themselves to designate as an illegal substance. Despite no existing evidence of anyone ever dying of a marijuana overdose, possession of this plant is still illegal in many parts. Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Can you understand more now why it’s illegal?

No Independent Study Has Ever Linked
Marijuana To Psychosocial Problems

Cannabis is one of the most powerful healing plants on the planet. Dozens of studies have made pseudoscientific attempts to indicate that young people who use cannabis tend to experience psychological, social problems and mental decline. However, there is no evidence that marijuana use is directly linked with such problems, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet.

“Currently, there is no strong evidence that use of cannabis of itself causes psychological or social problems,” such as mental illness or school failure, lead study author Dr. John Macleod of the University of Birmingham in the UK told Reuters Health.

“There is a great deal of evidence that cannabis use is associated with these things, but this association could have several explanations,” he said, citing factors such as adversity in early life, which may itself be associated with cannabis use and psychosocial problems.

Macleod and his team reviewed 48 long-term studies, 16 of which provided the highest quality information about the association between illicit drug use reported by people 25 years old or younger and later psychological or social problems. Most of the drug-specific results involved cannabis use.

Cannabis use was not consistently associated with violent or antisocial behavior, or with psychological problems.

In another study, Scientists from King’s College, London, found occasional pot use could actually improve concentration levels.

The study, carried in the American Journal of Epidemiology, tested the mental function and memory of nearly 9,000 Britons at age 50 and found that those who had used illegal drugs as recently as in their 40s did just as well, or slightly better, on the tests than peers who had never used drugs.

‘Overall, at the population level, the results seem to suggest that past or even current illicit drug use is not necessarily associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age,’ said lead researcher Dr Alex Dregan.

Dr Dregan’s team used data on 8,992 42-year-olds participating in a UK national health study, who were asked if they had ever used any of 12 illegal drugs. Then, at the age of 50, they took standard tests of memory, attention and other cognitive abilities.

Overall, the study found, there was no evidence that current or past drug users had poorer mental performance. In fact, when current and past users were lumped together, their test scores tended to be higher.

The Age of Deception is Ending 

In 2003, the U.S. Government as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services filed for, and was awarded a patent on cannabinoids. The reason? Because research into cannabinoids allowed pharmaceutical companies to acquire practical knowledge on one of the most powerful antioxidants and neuroprotectants known to the natural world.

The U.S. Patent 6630507 was specifically initiated when researchers found that cannabinoids had specific antioxidant properties making them useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.

In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Colorado became the first US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The impact of the decision could ripple across the entire country with vast opportunities to educate millions on the top health benefits of marijuana.

With the passage of I-502 in the 2012 Washington State election, marijuana also became legal in Washington–not just for medical use, but also for recreational use. Weed is still illegal as far as the United States government is concerned, but Washington and Colorado both have yet to figure out how that will work. It’s certain that this issue will continue to evolve and smooth out as time goes by, but the remaining states will eventually follow suit or be left behind with outdated laws.

Top Health Benefits

It’s no surprise that the United States has decreed that marijuana has no accepted medical use use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. Accepting and promoting the powerful health benefits of marijuana would instantly cut huge profits geared towards cancer treatment and the U.S. would have to admit it imprisons the population for no cause. Nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana.

According to MarijuanaNews.com editor Richard Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition “…there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes.

Besides the top 10 health benefits below, findings published in the journalPLoS ONE, researchers have now have now discovered that marijuana-like chemicals trigger receptors on human immune cells that can directly inhibit a type of human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) found in late-stage AIDS.

Recent studies have even shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia, a disease many other studies have inconsistently found it causing.

1. Cancer

Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts.

Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines
Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma
Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.

6. Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s
Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s
Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome
Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

Mounting Evidence Suggests Raw Cannabis is Best

Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

Why raw? Heat destroys certain enzymes and nutrients in plants. Incorporating raw cannabis allows for a greater availability of those elements. Those who require large amounts of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects need to look no further than raw cannabis. In this capacity, it can be used at 60 times more tolerance than if it were heated.
Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, raw cannabis may be right u there with garlic and tumeric.

About the Author

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy. 

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  1. Season 4 Episode 20 says:

    The only bad part is the smoking. A vaporizer fixes that. Baking some into cake and candies is another non-smoking method.

  2. trevor says:

    I can tell you from experience that it makes me paranoid and anti-social. And lazy… I’m probably wrong right? lol…. It also causes denial. get real children. Not that I don’t think it should be decriminalized, BUT I’m not going lie about the OBVIOUS.

    • Lucifer says:

      Would you be paranoid and antisocial if you didn’t have to worry about cops and how others look at you? As for if you ever have kids and are too lazy smoke a lil less or when your kids are gone it’s an easy fix use responsibly as a medication not a “drug”.

    • A.G. says:

      Maybe it’s not the grass, perhaps you’re just paranoid, antisocial and lazy even when sober? Funny how no one i know who isn’t smoking for their first time isn’t any of those things. As for me, I work in marketing, speak 3 languages, have been on house-building trips in 2 different countries, write, paint and make music…and I smoke every single day! The symptoms must have skipped me…

  3. Me says:

    I used to LOVE cannabis, I smoked all day long for over ten years. My experience …

    I would sweat profusely at night when I did not smoke for 3 days or more, I even had a sweating problem during the day when I did smoke. I became anti-social, angry, and did not care about any loved ones.

    Is it REALLY all that great? It has SOME benefits, but it has some serious side effects as well.
    Be aware!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah sounds like a personal problem that is NOT related to pot. Anti-social, angry and didnt care about your loved ones? Sounds like you were just a jerk trying to blame your actions on something.

    • Anonymous2 says:

      Sounds like you were taking meth.

    • Voice of Reason says:

      why not just smoke every 2 or 3 days

    • Lucifer says:

      Serious side effects really? What kind would that be aside from happiness? Maybe it’s just you or maybe you were just paranoid based on societies current outlook on hemp; personally I’d say there are no serious side effects aside from when some people are really high they at times tend to feel like they’re pissing their pants when in fact they are not which seems to be fairly common and to be honest with you it seems maybe your weed was laced possibly blow which does make a few people complete assholes otherwise maybe you’re just a hired shill which these days is quite common.

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  4. Tom says:

    Sounds like you done more then pot. Never have I heard that foolishness about sweats, and stuff. Sounds like an crack addiction. Lazy and paranoid, I understand, but the health benefits are undeniable, but yet the government and police treat it more serious then rape. It’s sad really.

  5. Desiree says:

    Though some people die from it, MS is not a fatal disease. Because of this error, I have to question the knowledge and carefulness of the author.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re a fucking retard. Get your information straight before commenting.
      Jesus, some people are just plain dumb.

  6. Anonymous3 says:

    MJ inhibits synaptic pruning in adolescents. It literally makes you slow. And a majority of your 10 health benefits are treatments, not cures. Stop using weed, the problems come back in full force. It has as many “health benefits” as tylenol or alcohol.

    • Anonymous says:

      The negative comments about cannabis, such as the one you posted, all sound very silly to those of us that have taken the time to study cannabis. For instance, I’ve not seen any evidence that tylenol kills cancer cells. I’ve also never heard of alcohol reversing the course of rheumatoid arthritis in people afflicted with the disease.

    • Lucifer says:

      Actually that is a complete falsehood MJ actually creates more synapses in your brain which can lead to confusion as you tend to literally think too much which is where you get those weird stoned chats about well all kinds of conspiracies because you’re actually thinking more than usual.

  7. Storm Crow. says:

    For more medical studies and articles on the wide variety of conditions that cannabis can treat, just run a search for “Granny Storm Crow’s List”. the 2013 version has over 1000 pages of links such as “One in 8 with fibromyalgia uses cannabis as medicine” (reuters), “Cannabidiol Attenuates Cardiac Dysfunction, Oxidative Stress, Fibrosis, and Inflammatory and Cell Death Signaling Pathways in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy (PubMed), “Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer’s” (WebMD), and “Marijuana Slims? Why Pot Smokers Are Less Obese (TIME).

  8. Lucifer says:

    Here’s just a couple more reasons hemp should be legal the model T of course was made of hemp plastic which is 6+ times stronger than steel and ran on hemp oil also 1 acre of hemp equals 4.5 acres of trees and even the CIA cites hemp as a way to protect yourself from being mindcontrolled; wonder why the US government hates hemp?

  9. Bullshit! says:

    Bullshit, bullshit and EFFIN bullshit. There are TONS of independent studies on the harmful effects of smoking marijuana. Ask my kid, my kid’s friends, my ex-husband, and every other person whose lives were devastated by the use of the drug, and those that suddenly presented with bi-polar symptoms, depression and schizophrenia shortly after becoming users. Ask my kid how long it took him to get his life back together after he decided there was nothing more important in life than to sit around and smoke big fatties all day long, and then spend the evening burning out and being totally non-productive in. Ask EVERY SINGLE KID THAT ENDED UP DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL after your WONDER DRUG sucked all their motivation to do ANYTHING productive or valuable. All the young adults who regret having become involved with marijuana, because they were on a fast track to college/university and ended up drop outs who are now just going back after a decade, sometimes 2 decades of being in a damn fog. Think about that…10 years plus of wasted life. How about all the people who have severely addictive behavior who move from marijuana onto bigger and better things like cocaine, meth etc…all of you who talk about how great it is in your life, how wonderful and fulfilled your life is…that’s you looking from the inside…what would the people who love and care about you most have to say looking from the outside? And I’m not referring to family or friends who jump in with both feet to hoot right along with you. I can promise you…depression is a HUGE side effect of the use of this drug, and nobody, but NOBODY will EVER convince me otherwise; I have done MY research. The results of my independent studies are glaringly telling, and the subjects of my studies happen to be many, many people I care about.

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