Cannabis, or modernly known as marijuana is a popular recreational drug in the US. A number of research studies have shown positive effects of this drug. But if you’d ever get a chance to interact with an anti-drug activist, they will tell you it is as harmful as any other drug. Relax! If that would be the case, you won’t see it gaining popularity nationwide.
After all, there are over 30 states in the US that have had to legalize the use of medical marijuana for its health benefits. Moreover, recreational marijuana is now legalized in 5 states, and it is expected that other states will soon follow legalization. To your shocking amusement, Canada is going to pass a bill legalizing marijuana throughout the country, this summer! If that wasn’t enough for you, then read on.
But how hazardous is cannabis REALLY?
The following answers will shock you:
Its consumption is on the rise
The US Department of Human Health and Services has reported that the number of people smoking weed has risen from 14.7 million in 2007 to 18 million in 2011.
This is because there isn’t sufficient evidence linking cannabis with serious risks.
Pot helps in curing cancer by killing the cells
While anti-drug activists may keep on yelling the “dangers of smoking weed”, they cannot deny that it cures cancer. In a 2007 study conducted by California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported that cannabis, indeed prevents cancer cells from spreading, and may even kill them. The experiment was conducted on breast cancer cells containing high levels of Id-1, which were treated using Cannabidiol, an active component on Cannabis. The results truly were shocking! The treatment resulted in decreased expression levels of Id-1. It was also observed the cancer cells were spreading less aggressively than before.
Pot doesn’t have withdrawal symptoms
Cannabis doesn’t have the same withdrawal symptoms as cocaine or harsher drugs when quitting. Moreover, there have been no reported cases of cannabis addicts requiring treatment from health centers. How many times have you heard from someone stating “Oh, I am a pot addict?” The answer is; none!
You can’t overdose
You cannot overdose on cannabis easily and till date, there haven’t been any cases reported. When was the last time you heard of someone dying from marijuana overdose? If you were told that you’d overdose on cannabis, tell them to prove it. The lethal range of overdose is in between 15 to 70 grams, which is not even close to the most addictive marijuana smoker. Adding to this, if you are an occasional pot smoker, you shouldn’t even be concerned about overdosing.
Edible Marijuana is as good as smoking it
If you are not in need of immediate medical attention, then go ahead and chew pastilles, or pot candies. Consider it as a pain relief medication. Since eating edible cannabis takes a longer time to work than smoking it, the pain relief also lasts longer. To know if you are taking the right amount, take small quantity on an empty stomach and wait at least 1 hour for the effects to start kicking in.
Much safer than alcohol, at least 114 times+
Don’t blindly follow anti-drug activists. They will bring you down to their ignorant levels, and beat you with experience. In a 2015 study, researchers were shocked to find out that marijuana is far safer than alcohol, in fact an astonishing 114 times.
One of the BEST pain relievers
In a 2011 study, researchers found that using weed helped arthritis patients in reducing pain, inflammation and promoting healthy sleep. Sativex is a marijuana-based pain-relieving medicine. Patients prescribed on Sativex noticed huge levels of improvements as compared to those on non-marijuana drugs.
Prevent the progression on Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s is a nasty disease, literally having no cure. However, with medical marijuana, there is still hope. In a 2006 study by Kim Janda of Scripps Research Institute, it was established that THC, active chemical component found in cannabis, slows down the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzymes responsible for production. As a result, it helps in stopping the progressions of Alzheimer’s disease.
These are just 8 of the countless benefits that weed has. Canada has already realized its benefits and legalizing it this summer. However, in the near future, medical science may push law makers to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in the entire US.
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