10 Major Health Benefits of Smoking Marijuana

6. THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

A 2006 study, published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that THC slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques are what kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s.

7. It relieves arthritis discomfort

Marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers announced in 2011. Researchers from rheumatology units at several hospitals gave their patients Sativex, a cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine. After a two-week period, people on Sativex had a significant reduction in pain and improved sleep quality compared to placebo users.

8. Pot soothes tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease

Recent research from Israel shows that smoking marijuana significantly reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson’s disease patients. The improved fine motor skills among patients was incredibly impressive.

9. Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD

Marijuana is approved to treat PTSD in some states. In New Mexico, PTSD is the number one reason for people to get a license for medical marijuana. Naturally occurring cannabinoids help regulate the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.

10. It might protect the brain from concussions and trauma

There is some evidence that marijuana can help heal the brain after a concussion or other traumatic injury. A recent study in the journal Cerebral Cortex showed that in mice, marijuana lessened the bruising of the brain and helped with healing mechanisms after a traumatic injury.Harvard professor Lester Grinspoon recently wrote an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying the NFL should stop testing players for marijuana. He thought that the league should start funding research into the plant’s ability to protect the brain.

Add Comment