Marijuana medical properties has allowed it’s use for medicinal purposes. There is also evidence of marijuana health benefits from frequent use.
Over the past few years there has been great headway into the legalization of marijuana. To date, over 20 states have legalized medicinal marijuana and that number continues to grow.
As state legislatures are approving of marijuana in their respective states, the issue is gaining momentum on the national level as well. US law-makers are proposing bills to legalize marijuana, at least medicinal marijuana, nationwide.
With all of the commotion, what exactly are the marijuana medical properties and health benefits??
Numerous studies have increasingly shown signs that marijuana medical properties can be beneficial to one’s health. After scrolling through the research results, I was shocked to see some of the health benefits that medicinal marijuana can have. Below are the marijuana medical properties and health benefits that I found to be the most interesting.
6 Marijuana Medical Properties
1. Increased Lung Capacity
You would think that smoking would decrease lung capacity, right? This is the case when individuals smoke cigarettes; they see decreased lung functionality. However, a study that was published in 2012 claims that pot smokers showed increased lung functionality when compared to samples of cigarette smokers. It should be noted that this may be due to the deep breathing that takes place with smoking marijuana rather than the pot itself.
Not surprisingly, there are studies that show smoking medicinal marijuana can actually slow down the spreading of cancer. After sifting through some of the more bias trials, there was a striking correlation between cancer spreading and gene production.
As cancer spreads it puts out a gene called Id-1. This gene has been strongly expressed in the spreading of breast cancer cells. When a component of marijuana (Cannabidiol) was tested in samples of breast cancer cells the Id-1 gene was turned off and spreading stopped. There are other studies internationally that show Cannabidiol can actually kill cancer cells, but there is yet to be enough data.
3. Increase Brain Functionality
Moving to the brain, studies have shown that a chemical in marijuana, THC, can actually promote brain health and reduce or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
How does THC impact the brain?
What THC does is slows the brain from forming amyloid plaques which are responsible for killing brain cells. It is the death of these brain cells that lead to the development of Alzheimer’s.
4. Relieves Pain
Those who smoke recreational pot claim they feel at peace and are relaxed. The same claims can be applied to medicinal marijuana.
Studies show that smoking marijuana helped users ease their pain, reduce inflammation, and promote sleep. A study of several hospitals gave patients Sativex, a cannabinoid-based pain-relieving medicine, and compared the results to a placebo group. The studies showed that after two weeks, patients on the Sativex experienced a significant reduction in pain and easier sleep.
5. Boosts Metabolic Response
This one surprised me almost as much as the increased lung capacity. Research shows that those who are current marijuana smokers, or smoked within a month of the sample study, expressed a better body response to insulin and blood sugar. Insulin is directly related to fat storage so marijuana users may metabolize blood sugars more efficiently which can help them stay slim.
The growing issue in today’s high carbohydrate society is that people are becoming insulin resistant. This causes their body is forcing them to produce more insulin to curb spiking blood sugar levels. Those who smoke marijuana express a response that is more natural and boosts metabolic processing of blood sugars. Therefore, those who smoke pot, even though they eat more calories, have the tendency to be skinnier.
The list of qualities continues to increase, but it is becoming more apparent that marijuana has many medicinal properties that are responsible for keeping pot smokers healthier than non-pot smokers. This is not claiming everyone should pick up a joint, but there certainly is no negative evidence that giving patients medicinal marijuana will drastically reduce their health.