Skeptics consider that a few puffs from a cannabis joint can slowly but certainly turn you into a red-eyed individual who spends all of his income on the herb while talking all day about unimportant nonsense. But is this really the case?
There are countless advocates of cannabis use. From renowned scientists to successful athletes to innovators and even presidents (you all know who I’m talking about), all tend to support this idea of smoking or ingesting weed for the important benefits it provides.
Since several American states turned the green light for personal ‘herb’ consumption, scientists were more than enthusiastic to discover the effects of cannabis on a broader scale, and although it may come up as a surprise for some people, cannabis has more than enough reasons to be treated as something good for your health.
Here are the amazing (and scientific) facts:
1. Puffing weed can make you thinner, or protect you from becoming obese (notice how I didn’t say anything about making you fat – pun intended)
My first thoughts on this allegation sent my mind running to an episode where three people struck by munchies were devouring everything inside the fridge, and an hour later they were still craving for more. So how can weed make you fit and less obese you might ask?
According to a study published in the Journal Obesity, casual ganja smokers appear to be less likely to accumulate fat than those that do not smoke. Researchers revealed at the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers, that cannabis users tend to have low body mass index scores, which is a trait of good health.
The study has been performed on 700 adults aged between 18 and 74, all of them being regular pot smokers, and determined that weed influenced their BMIs in a way that allows for less body fat to be incorporated by the body. Another notable aspect is that people with low BMIs are less likely to be affected by diabetes.
2.Marijuana is actually good for your lungs
Smoking weed can slightly enhance the airflow of your lungs, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A considerable number of 5,000 adults, both cigarette and ganja smokers, were monitored during a 20 years period. The results showed that tobacco users exhaled less air as they were pursuing their addiction, contrary to those who smoked weed, where an increase in lung capacity has been reported. However, the research referred to a casual consumption of one joint a day. At higher levels of marijuana smoking, lung capacity slightly decreased.
Anyway, I guess it’s true what they say – A spliff a day, keeps the doctor away.
3.Weed can improve creativity
Numerous individuals advocate this idea, and now there’s even a clinical trial to prove it. In 2012, a study in Consciousness and Cognition discovered that pot enhances creativity, at least in the case of language, where researchers noted an increase in fluency of speech and articulation.
The investigative team concluded the following: “We investigated the effects of cannabis smoked naturalistically on schizotypy and divergent thinking, a measure of creativity. One hundred and sixty cannabis users were tested on one day when sober and another day when intoxicated with cannabis.”
“Cannabis increased verbal fluency in low creatives to the same level as that of high creatives.”
And what do you know. Maybe our ancestors evolved following this simple principle of smoking weed and thinking of all sorts of different things benevolent to the evolution of our species.
4.Pot can give athletes a natural boost
After the number of athletes crediting marijuana for their increase in performance has significantly increased throughout the years, Gordy Megroz of Outside decided to take matters into his own hands and investigate these peculiar claims.
Although his experiment had no scientific basis, it did manage to prove some straight facts. After he got stoned, Megroz jumped on the treadmill to see if his body does better under the influence of this mystic plant. These were his remarks:
“I do a heavy squat session while high, which would normally leave me sore for two days, but I’m surprisingly fresh 24 hours later,” he wrote. “Even when not stoned, other aches and pains seem to dissipate, too. Studies have shown that the drug has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is one reason why medical marijuana is so prevalent.”
It’s hard to draw other conclusions for the moment because weed is still broadly inaccessible due to it being considered a risk drug, but there’s always people like pot-smoking Michael Phelps who got so much gold at the Olympics while also beating a world record.
He did it, in part, thanks to marijuana, or so I would like to believe.
5.Ganja is getting rid of cancerous cells from your body
The moment every supporter of medical marijuana has been awaiting for was probably when the US government admitted that this miraculous plant is diminishing cancer cells. The announcement appeared on an official government page that’s offering advice. It revealed the following:
“Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory. At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.”
As usual, the government needs an entire library of papers on cannabis to expose an already-known fact, but even this slight progress is encouraging for all the people in need of an alternative way to treat their ailments.
6.It’s way better than alcohol, and 114 times safer
According to a recent study, weed is the safest drug available by far, outscoring alcohol 114 times. Yes, you heard that right. There’s no possible way you can die from a cannabis overdose, unless you inhale a HUGE amount of smoke and die from suffocation (and huge means smoking close to a kilo in about 15 minutes).
According to the National Cancer Institute, cannabis can’t end your days even if you wanted to, and here is why:
“Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiratory, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”
Marijuana acts on the pathways called ‘cannabinoid receptors’ and they don’t affect respiration. Simply put, weed cannot cause someone to stop breathing, no matter how much they ingest.
Ongoing research will furthermore expose the risks and benefits of this miraculous plant that has been growing among us for millennia. Although its effects have only been studied for only a few decades, there’s infinite proof of its ‘godly’ potential when it comes to curing the body, mind and spirit.