Even for those of you that don’t smoke pot and don’t support pot smoking, it is important to at least respect the fact the marijuana is a healing herb that many people benefit from. Marijuana not only has physical health benefits, but spiritual and psychological as well. Marijuana is more then just “getting high,” it’s a way of life in which the user can connect with nature or simply just relax.
Well enough mumbo-jumbo, let’s get into the facts.
1. Cancer: According to researchers at Harvard University and the California Pacific Medical Research Institute, marijuana has been found to reduce the tumor growth in common lung cancer by 50% and may be able to stop tumor growth in breast cancer. Researchers believe that marijuana can provide a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy without the painful side effects. Not only can it help prevent tumor growth, but marijuana has also been used by cancer patients as a way to alleviate the side effects and bring back their appetite.
2. Seizures: Marijuana has antispasmodic and relaxing qualities that have proven to effectively treat seizures. Marijuana allows the muscles to relax and therefore seizures are not as likely.
3. Glaucoma: This is one of the most well-known benefits of marijuana. According to studies done by the National Eye Institute, marijuana has been proven to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma.
4. Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana has been proven to protect nerves from the damage caused by MS and therefore can reduce tumors and muscle spasms associated with the disease.
5. Tourette’s and OCD: Similar to the way marijuana treats seizures and MS, marijuana’s effects slow down the tics in those suffering from Tourette’s, and the obsessive neurological symptoms in people with OCD.
6. ADD and ADHD: According to a study done at USC, marijuana can be used as a substitute for the dangerously addictive pharmaceutical, Ritalin.
7. Alzheimer’s: Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease, therefore concluding that THC “may be the most effective drug for treating the declining effects of Alzheimer’s disease.”
In addition to treating these diseases and disorders, marijuana is used by many as an herbal remedy for stress management, relaxation, tension, and just taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Marijuana is not designed to be a “gateway drug” or an addiction, it is designed for herbal healing and relaxation.