Though the word is still out when it comes to the Federal Government, there are 29 states in the U.S. that now have the legal ability to use marijuana. Most of the 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, but there are eight states that have legalized the recreational use of the herb, including Washington, D.C.
While social and legal views of marijuana use are slowly evolving, it is important that we maintain an opened mind to the benefits of this controversial plant. Take a moment to check out a few of the positive health effects of marijuana, and let your mind consider the many constructive medical claims of the past few years.
Marijuana has been proven to slow and stop cancer cells
Doctors and scientists have known about the positive effects of marijuana use for many years. Over a decade ago, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found evidence that the cannabinoids present in marijuana may help to prevent, slow, and/or stop cancer cells from growing.
In specific, marijuana cannabinoids work by turning off a gene scientists call Id-1. The cannabinoids showed evidence of a marked decrease in Id-1 expression in the originally affected cancerous cells.
Marijuana really does help glaucoma patients
Smoking pot for your supposed glaucoma diagnonsense has been a running joke in the media since the 90’s, but it really does relieve the effects of the illness. Glaucoma patients suffer from an increased pressure in their eyes.
The pressure is not comfortable, and can eventually cause separation of the retina, causing blindness. Marijuana has been scientifically proven to reduce the pressure in the eyes and relieve symptoms of glaucoma.
Marijuana can control seizures in children and adults
Another positive health effect of marijuana (that scientists have known about for more than a decade) is that is can control seizures in children and adults. One researcher found that marijuana, more specifically THC, definitively controlled seizures in epileptic rats in a very short period of time. THC was found to control the seizures by binding brain cells responsible for controlling a person’s excitability and relaxation regulation.
Marijuana can cure Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is a very painful inflammatory bowel disorder. People with Crohn’s experience intense bouts with abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and sometimes severe weight loss. Until recently, doctors have overwhelmingly treated the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease with pain medications and strong antacids.
A change in treatment is upon us as a recent study in Israel proved that marijuana use considerably reduces the symptoms of Crohn’s in all patients, but in almost half of the patients, marijuana completely cured the disease. It is not easy to get scientists to use the word “cure,” but marijuana has been proven to cure Crohn’s Disease in almost half of the patients treated.