The image of marijuana ingrained in the minds of many people is that it leads to addiction and its users are unemployed individuals who are always red-eyed and on the verge of turning into psychopaths. This image might exist thanks to several movies and commercial media materials which showcase marijuana users as psychopaths, but the truth is that marijuana is not that bad.
In fact, medical marijuana is a hot topic of discussion (though controversial and debatable), and studies and research have revealed that marijuana has quite a few medical benefits and is not so detrimental after all. Several states in the United States have lifted the ban on marijuana and made it legal, especially for medical purposes. (When cannabis is used for medical purposes it is termed as prescription marijuana).
Benefits of marijuana, including medical purposes:
Medical marijuana provides relief from pain
A lot of medical conditions cause pain, irrespective of the organ that has been affected. Chronic pain, apart from being uncomfortable and at times severe, can also interfere with daily activities such as physical movements, mobility, moods, emotions, and even job opportunities and leisure activities.
Cannabis is known to possess pain-killing properties, thanks to the cannabinoids present in them that connect with the brain and help to relieve the pain.
Cannabis helps treat mood disorders and anxiety
We know that physical pain can be relieved through cannabis, but emotional pain in the form of conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc., can also take a toll on the well-being of individuals, straining relationships and affecting performance at work. Cannabis has been found to work well on patients with mood disorders, especially those currently taking psychiatric medications. Prescription cannabis is also known to have close to zero negative side effects and is thus highly recommended for serious emotional health conditions.
Cancer cells have been found to be killed by cannabis
The U.S. government’s website has admitted (in a bid to rationalize the legalization of cannabis) that marijuana has been found to shrink cancer cells. However, this result has mostly been seen in rodents, and further studies are needed for it to be used in humans as well.
Lung function is improved with marijuana
As compared to the lungs of a chain smoker, the lung function of those smoking marijuana is significantly improved. In fact, lung function is even better than that of non-smokers, and researchers believe that cannabis might be having an effect on the lungs, thus “training” them to work more efficiently.
Cannabis improves creativity
Creativity has been found to increase in those using marijuana, especially in terms of the use of language. Verbal fluency was significantly improved in those with high creativity as well as those with comparatively lower creativity.
Performance of athletes is improved by cannabis
A study shows that some athletes have revealed that marijuana use has been found to improve their performance, quicken recovery, and help fight soreness, too, especially after workouts.
These are some of the benefits of prescription marijuana.
Dr. Alexander G. Salerno