Although, recreational marijuana usage is controversial, a growing number of states have passed marijuana laws for recreational purposes, and medical use. In some states, adults over the age of 21 are allowed to use cannabis for recreational purposes. Some medical marijuana laws are broader than others, with types of medical conditions that are allowed for treatment, varying from state to state.
In medical marijuana, many investigations have found that there are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that have medicinal benefits; such as cannabidiol, which impacts the brain, and tetrahydrocannabinol, which has pain relieving and other properties. Over the time, marijuana has been used to treat a variety of diseases, including glaucoma, lung health, prevention of cancer from spreading, epileptic seizures, Dravet’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Leeuwenhoek’s disease, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel diseases, metabolism disorders, Lupus, stroke, concussions, nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, nausea, and alcoholism.
For example, in glaucoma, several studies suggest that marijuana can prevent blindness by decreasing the pressure in the eye, reducing the disease’s expansion. Marijuana can also be used to improve lung health as it may inverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco, and it may prevent cancer from spreading as well. In severe seizures disorders cases, the active components in marijuana control seizures by connecting cells, relaxing intense activity in the brain that causes the seizures.
Additionally, Marijuana would help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease since it has been found that the active chemical in marijuana slows the formation of plaques that kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer. Marijuana connects to receptors in the nerves and muscles to relieve pain. Moreover, it minimizes the side effects from treating hepatitis C, and cancer patients being treated with Chemotherapy that suffer from fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and depression.
Other studies have shown that marijuana smokers have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars. Besides, some active components in marijuana have been proven to have a calming effect on the immune system that helps with Lupus’ symptoms. It has been shown that marijuana has some positive mental effects in increasing creativity since people had improved their ability to come up with brain storm solutions while using marijuana, due to the release of dopamine in the brain that allows people to be relaxed, which gives the brain the ability to think otherwise.
Further, some researchers suggest that marijuana had helped Parkinson’s disease patients to considerably reduced pain and tremors, and they had also improved their sleep, and fine motor skills. Marijuana can prevent with post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmares since it regulates the circuit that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain. It protects the brain from damage caused by stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke. Similarly, marijuana neuroprotective properties can help heal the brain after a concussion or other traumatic injury.
Most probably investigations have shown significant health benefits, concluding that although, marijuana higher doses may increase anxiety and make users paranoid, it may be a better choice than some other substances that people use, including medication and alcohol that may possibly have even worse effects because marijuana is much less addictive and does not cause nearly as much brain and body damage.