What are the benefits of marijuana?
By: Megan Dinkins
According to drugfreeworld.com, 94 million people in the US have admitted to using marijuana. 10 states in the US have fully legalized the use of marijuana and 33 states have legalized medical marijuana.
Marijuana has many beneficial factors to it. According to Healtheuropa.eu, smoking marijuana can increase lung capacity, relieve chronic pain, and even fight cancer.
According to WebMD, medical marijuana can help with diseases like Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, eating disorders, and more. It also helps sleep disorders like insomnia. The terpenes in cannabis is one factor that promotes sleepiness. Terpenes is what gives marijuana its distinctive smell. Other factors include the THC itself, CBN (cannabinol), and what strain of marijuana it is.
Marijuana is also good for curing mental disorders like anxiety and depression. Healthline.com states that we have chemicals in our brain known as endocannabinoids. These chemicals control our emotions, motor control, cognition, and behavior. When someone is depressed, it means they have low endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids have a similar structure to that of cannabis. Because of this similarity, marijuana can be used to balance out the amount of endocannabinoids that the brain produces.
Marijuana has also been shown to help with cancer symptoms. Cancer.org says that cannabis can help with the nausea that comes from chemotherapy. It can also help ease the pain that comes from damaged nerves.
Marijuana has many beneficial factors to it. There are other ways marijuana can be used other than smoking. There are edibles, hemp oils, wax, cartridges, and more. They all have the same effects of easing physical pain that a person may be experiencing.
Due to these factors, the use of marijuana has increased. More and more people are slowly starting to use marijuana for recreational and medical use. Cannabis has gone from something that used to be shunned upon to something beneficial.