Marijuana (which also goes by the name of weed, pot, herb, grass, etc.) is a mixture of dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativas. People consume it in various ways, including smoking it or mixing it with edible substances. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is responsible for the intoxicating and out-of-the-world experience that its users get.
Marijuana has been a debatable topic for a very long time now. While some societies look at it as a tabooed indulgence, others see it as a way of life.
Here are 11 mind-blowing health benefits of marijuana that can change your perception about it!
It Can Treat Glaucoma
Glaucoma is an eye disease, which is characterized by increasing pressure on the eyeball, damaging the optic nerves and ultimately leading to blindness.
According to the National Eye Institute, Marijuana helps in decreasing the pressure on the eyeballs (intraocular pressure), hence helping to prevent glaucoma.
It May Help To Eradicate Carcinogenic Effects Of Tobacco
In a study published by the American Medical Association, there was astonishing results produced by smoking marijuana. It not only reduced the effects of carcinogens as a result of tobacco consumption, but also increased the lung capacity of an individual.
Studies suggest that the increased lung capacity may be a result of taking deep breaths while inhaling the drug.
It Can Help To Control Epileptic Seizures
A 2003 study by the Virginia Commonwealth University suggests that Marijuana can help to control episodes in an epileptic individual. The active ingredient (THC) found in marijuana can bind the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and help the person to relax.
Prevents Cancer From Spreading
A research from the California Pacific Medical Centre in San Francisco suggests that it can prevent cancer cells from spreading by turning off a gene called Id-1. Cancer cells are able to divide solely because of this gene and spread throughout the body. Marijuana essentially prevents these genes to facilitate the division of the cancer cells.
Marijuana May Decrease Anxiety
Users claim that the drug suppresses pain and nausea – the sole reason as to which it is believed to decrease the side effects of chemotherapy.
Some studies suggest that this may be due to it’s intrinsic nature to reduce anxiety and act as a sedative in low doses.