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Friday, 25 March 2016

The surprising benefits of smoking weed

By Jennifer Ajimande

The surprising benefits of smoking weed

So much has been said about weed, as many believe that smoking it makes one stupid, with about 9 percent of cannabis users developing a dependence on the drug and could lead to withdrawal symptoms for people who try to quit.
However, with all the negatives associated with smoking marijuana, there are also some surprising health benefits of smoking pot when taken in “moderation”.
1. Weed can be used to treat Glaucoma
Marijuana in recent years has been used by medical scientist to treat and prevent a host of diseases including, glaucoma (eye disease) which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.
According to the National Eye Institute, NEI, Marijuana when smoked, lowers Intra Ocular Pressure, IOP, in eyes of people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma, thus preventing blindness.
2. Migraines
migrain 2
Marijuana has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in pain relief. In fact, the effects are said to be “several hundred times more powerful than that of aspirin.”
Doctors in California have treated more than 300,000 migraine cases with medical marijuana. It has shown to be effective in treating a host of illnesses and conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Cancer
Chemotherapy patient
It is not news that marijuana helps cancer patients when they undergo chemotherapy, but recent studies found that marijuana can play a role in curing aggressive cancer.
Researchers in the U.K have successfully killed cancer cells in leukemia patients using marijuana.
How does it work? According to the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, marijuana turns off the ‘gene’ and in turn, stops cancer.
4. Boost metabolism and keeps you skinny
Medical reports show that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person and have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugar, even though they do end up eating more calories.
5. Boost creativity
mental capacity
There is a general belief that marijuana makes one stupid, but researchers have since found that the stereotype was based on co-relational evidence, instead of cause and effect.
Weed has proven in some studies to boost mental creativity, at least to a degree.
British researchers have found that marijuana increases the verbal fluency in users who ordinarily tested low for creativity.
Even though people’s short-term memories tend to function worse when high, people get better at tests requiring them to come up with new ideas.
However, it is important to note that higher doses can increase anxiety and make you paranoid.

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