Still Believe Nature Got It Wrong? Top 10 Health Benefits of Marijuana

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Written by True Activist

 

There is no plant on Earth more condemned than marijuana. We’re talking about a living organism which governments have taken upon themselves to designate as an illegal substance. Despite no existing evidence of anyone ever dying of a marijuana overdose, possession of this plant is still illegal in many parts. Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Can you understand more now why it’s illegal?

No Independent Study Has Ever Linked Marijuana To Psychosocial Problems

Cannabis is one of the most powerful healing plants on the planet. Dozens of studies have made pseudoscientific attempts to indicate that young people who use cannabis tend to experience psychological, social problems and mental decline. However, there is no evidence that marijuana use is directly linked with such problems, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet.

“Currently, there is no strong evidence that use of cannabis of itself causes psychological or social problems,” such as mental illness or school failure, lead study author Dr. John Macleod of the University of Birmingham in the UK told Reuters Health.

“There is a great deal of evidence that cannabis use is associated with these things, but this association could have several explanations,” he said, citing factors such as adversity in early life, which may itself be associated with cannabis use and psychosocial problems.

Macleod and his team reviewed 48 long-term studies, 16 of which provided the highest quality information about the association between illicit drug use reported by people 25 years old or younger and later psychological or social problems. Most of the drug-specific results involved cannabis use.

Cannabis use was not consistently associated with violent or antisocial behavior, or with psychological problems.

In another study, Scientists from King’s College, London, found occasional pot use could actually improve concentration levels.

The study, carried in the American Journal of Epidemiology, tested the mental function and memory of nearly 9,000 Britons at age 50 and found that those who had used illegal drugs as recently as in their 40s did just as well, or slightly better, on the tests than peers who had never used drugs.

‘Overall, at the population level, the results seem to suggest that past or even current illicit drug use is not necessarily associated with impaired cognitive functioning in early middle age,’ said lead researcher Dr Alex Dregan.
Dr Dregan’s team used data on 8,992 42-year-olds participating in a UK national health study, who were asked if they had ever used any of 12 illegal drugs. Then, at the age of 50, they took standard tests of memory, attention and other cognitive abilities.

Overall, the study found, there was no evidence that current or past drug users had poorer mental performance. In fact, when current and past users were lumped together, their test scores tended to be higher.

The Age of Deception is Ending

In 2003, the U.S. Government as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services filed for, and was awarded a patent on cannabinoids. The reason? Because research into cannabinoids allowed pharmaceutical companies to acquire practical knowledge on one of the most powerful antioxidants and neuroprotectants known to the natural world.

The U.S. Patent 6630507 was specifically initiated when researchers found that cannabinoids had specific antioxidant properties making them useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.

In a historic and significant moment in American history, last November, Colorado became the first US state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The impact of the decision could ripple across the entire country with vast opportunities to educate millions on the top health benefits of marijuana.

With the passage of I-502 in the 2012 Washington State election, marijuana also became legal in Washington–not just for medical use, but also for recreational use. Weed is still illegal as far as the United States government is concerned, but Washington and Colorado both have yet to figure out how that will work. It’s certain that this issue will continue to evolve and smooth out as time goes by, but the remaining states will eventually follow suit or be left behind with outdated laws.

Top Health Benefits

It’s no surprise that the United States has decreed that marijuana has no accepted medical use use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. Accepting and promoting the powerful health benefits of marijuana would instantly cut huge profits geared towards cancer treatment and the U.S. would have to admit it imprisons the population for no cause. Nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana.

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According to MarijuanaNews.com editor Richard Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition “…there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes.

Besides the top 10 health benefits below, findings published in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers have now have now discovered that marijuana-like chemicals trigger receptors on human immune cells that can directly inhibit a type of human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) found in late-stage AIDS.

Recent studies have even shown it to be an effective atypical anti-psychotic in treating schizophrenia, a disease many other studies have inconsistently found it causing.

1. Cancer
Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in laboratory animals and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

2. Tourette’s Syndrome
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts.

Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures
Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines
Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma
Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients.

6. Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD
A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s
Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. 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.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome
Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

Mounting Evidence Suggests Raw Cannabis is Best

Cannabinoids can prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Cannabis clinician Dr. William Courtney recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of Cannabidiol (CBD) per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.

Why raw? Heat destroys certain enzymes and nutrients in plants. Incorporating raw cannabis allows for a greater availability of those elements. Those who require large amounts of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects need to look no further than raw cannabis. In this capacity, it can be used at 60 times more tolerance than if it were heated.
Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, raw cannabis may be right u there with garlic and tumeric.

Marco Torres
is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

Sources:
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20 COMMENTS

  1. Your articles are really hard to take seriously when the grammar and sentence structure is completely fucked up throughout every article. Just a little advice, proof reading is a good idea.

      • ofc it is….
        some survive long, others die in a bunch of years.
        And its just pure luck, if this or that neurological part get hit…

        A friend of me lives realy good with it, since 20 years, no real hughe problems, my mum died in just 4 years, and the last 2 years nearly full time in a bed.

        So were is your point with this, trolling or lack of education?
        Your post is not disapointing me, its disgusting.

      • Actually Kiran, MS is very much a fatal disease. Where on earth did you get your doctorate degree? I hope you decide to better educate yourself on the truth of any disease before you go out and spew ignorant information that more ignorant people will believe just to keep there views in line with prohibition.

      • Where did it say MS wasn’t fatal ?
        In the article I read. ( this one ) this is what it said about MS.

        “Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease”.

        I knew someone that had MS, and they lived 5 years longer than the doctor had expected because they used marijuana. And others I’ve known with spinal injuries have found relief from spasms by using marijuana.

    • The POINT is the law against pot is ILLEGAL, its based only on LIEs, predigest, and Big government money contributions WAKE UP people, READ learn, the government has been Lying for 78 years NOW. there WAS no pot problem until the government MADE one…..

  2. Personally, I believe it lead me to contract severe anxiety for over half a year now… May not be a direct factor but it sure as hell contributes.

    • If you were smoking it the cannabinoids then they were denatured the enzymes and became photocannabinoids so won’t have been as effective.

    • Axiety a part of this selfish insane society ,the thougs and feelings seeing how babylon is destroying ,i kind of feel that the anxiety is a sypmton of our heart and mind getting sincronised. i sometimes i dont tolerate high doses of thc,and thats because im going thru something,for those moments id do strains with high CBD and low THC
      anonimous you doing it!! thank you for what you do,what we do. by the way properties of CBD are not mentioned at all,and its proven that treats many many more

    • It’s pretty common for articles like this to leave out any negative effects of Marijuana and gloss over others. The correlation between cannabis use in young adults and social issues is too strong to discount because it can’t be proven to be the single factor and no Marijuana activist would ever let alcohol get away with just ignoring these statistics.

      Paranoia and anxiety can absolutely be side effects from Marijuana use. Anxiety is usually reactionary to the hightened self awareness typical when you are high, and this can be adjusted to. Paranoia though is purely symptomatic and the only thing I’ve heard to do about it is to smoke more (although I’ve never personally experienced this so I can’t attest to how well it works).

    • Anonymous – I found that sativa or sativa dominate strains could cause some anxiety. Also getting too high or smoking too much after a period of not smoking it could cause some anxiety. Stick to the indica or ruderalis / indicia strains and you should be ok.

    • You’re retarded. Get your facts straight because it is fatal and leads to many other fatal diseases such as stroke, heart disease and even shortens life.

    • Kiran really? What part of educate yourself don’t you understand, or are just that stupid that you refuse to update your knowledge about actual facts to the truth of your world. How about you do society a really big favor and curl up into a ball and just die or live the rest of your life with your mouth closed so you can’t spread ignorance to the rest of the world.

  3. Information is false. Marijuana is a very bad thing anybody with any mental illness can take. I used to use it recreational, and, as of last night, quit smoking weed. I was diagnosed with a condition called ‘Psychosis NOS (which happened 4 years ago -healed a lot, even through my weed usage.- and I’ve been struggling with depression for all my life. Last night my mind practically melted and i phased out and basically went blank due to the fact my mind felt like it collapsed on itself. Went to bed with the sensation of knives in my eyeballs, after that. I am, in fact, one of the more different folk. You can tell by the way the atmosphere changes when i arrive and leave, and that my eye’s reflection will show silver on rare occasion, but my point remains the same.
    Anonymous. Don’t lie to our fellow illuminati. It makes you look like the politicians.

    Sincerely,
    Templar Order.

    • Psyfiend, WOOOOWWWWW!!! What else can be said about how ignorant you just made yourself look. Maybe instead of just the sensation, you should really use real knives in your head. That way we don’t have to waste our time on listening to your ignorance and uncontrollable desire to spread your retarded beliefs to innocent people that don’t know any better for better reasons than you have.

  4. I smoked pot for 40 years daily 3 to 5 joints a day. I don’t think it has changed my work habits or hasn’t dumbed me down. Its natures valium. Helps me focus. I have always worked manufacturing production solo and in 2 to 8 or more team members on several occasions in 2 man teams my teamate didn’t smoke but they could tell when i had my production was always up when i smoked they would tell me if i was ever out they would find me some lol because i was more focused and ourvproduction was way up as a matter of fact i hold records on jobs that will probably stand forever.

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