Marijuana Health Benefits: Everything You Need To Know

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Marijuana health benefits you need to know about

As more research is being done every year, the benefits of marijuana are becoming more apparent. Almost two decades ago, a US government-sponsored study by the Institute of Medicine revealed the marijuana health benefits in specific medical conditions, like nausea caused by chemotherapy and wasting caused by AIDS. Since then, numerous other studies have shown that consuming marijuana has pain-reducing effects. 

Legal marijuana use 

California became the first state in 1996 to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal reasons. Now, the number of states with some type of medical marijuana legislation has reached 29. You will be pleasantly surprised by the many marijuana health benefits described in this article. Hopefully, you live in one of those 29 states so that you may reap the benefits of marijuana without being prosecuted.

Cancer prevention

A study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics found that cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. Researchers at California Pacific Medical Center reported in 2007 that CBD might prevent cancer from spreading. Breast cancer cells with a high level of Id-1 were experimented on and treated with cannabidiol. The positive outcome showed that cells had a decreased Id-1 expression and spread less aggressively. The American Association for Cancer Research claims that marijuana causes tumor growth in the brain, the lungs, and the breast to slow down....

How marijuana affects those on an organ transplant list

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The difference in federal and state laws has made it a complicated situation for marijuana users. This contrast has made another difficult situation arise: organ transplants. Most hospitals will not allow people that use cannabis to be placed on an organ transplant waiting list. 

The policies for treatment of patients that need an organ transplant and that test positive for marijuana differs from hospital to hospital. The U.S. organ supply is managed by the private nonprofit organization, the United Network for Organ Sharing; they currently do not have an official policy for drug or alcohol use. It seems to be based on luck if someone that consumes cannabis and needs an emergency organ transplant ends up in a hospital willing to help them. Even if marijuana use is legal in that state it does not affect the hospital’s policy on giving organ transplants to those with cannabis in their system.

In California where medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, legislation has tried to address this matter. In this state denying a patient an organ based solely on their use of medical cannabis has been outlawed. However, Stanford Health Care in Northern California still considers any use of a drug as a reason that they could leave a patient off the transplant waiting list. 

Medical Marijuana has been legalized in Mexico

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Earlier this month Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto officially published a bill making medical cannabis legal in Mexico.This news has been welcomed by Mexican citizens. The policy change started in December 2016 when the bill received a lot of support in the Mexican Senate; it passed on on a 98-7 vote. Late April Mexico’s lower house of parliament also overwhelmingly approved the bill with a 374-7 vote. The bill was publicly endorsed by Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr.José Narro Robles, he said, “I welcome the adoption of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”

The decree decriminalizes the medicinal use of marijuana, CBD, THC, and other cannabis derivatives. It also legalizes the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses. The Lower House of Parliament, or La Camara de Diputados, stated, “The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes."

The only cannabis that will be permitted must contain 1% or less of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Some Senators and civil rights group have said that the new law does not go far enough. They say it represents only a small step forward. Senator Miguel Barbosa said the legislation was “well below the expectations of society.” Senator Armado Rios Peter agrees that the new law is only a tiny step forward away from a failed drug policy.

Cannabinoids as medicine

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Cannabinoids are what makes the world go round for every medical marijuana patient.  After all, it’s cannabinoids that they can thank for providing them with relief of pain, anxiety, inflammation, and nausea just to name a few.


There are over 100 cannabinoids in marijuana that go to work when you consume it by imitating compounds our bodies produce called endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids help maintain internal stability and health by mediating communication between cells.  So when there is a problem with our endocannabinoid system we get bad symptoms and complications. ...

Cannabis can used to treat anxiety

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Smoking cannabis has a strong relaxing effect on some people. Afroman said it best in the early 2000s when his hit song came out, “Because I got high”. As most of you will remember it goes a bit like this: "I was gonna clean my room until I got high. I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high. My room still messed up and I know why (why man) - cause I got high, cause I got high, cause I high.” This fun song holds a lot of truth in it's lyrics in that cannabis can relax you, take away your anxiety, and in more extreme cases take away your cares so much that you don't get much done.  

Most cannabis users have experienced two different ends of the spectrum that marijuana produces. Sometimes it can make you feel carefree and other times it makes you paranoid.  Studies have shown cannabis to have anti-anxiety properties providing relief to those with PTSD and social anxiety. Your personal tolerance, the strain composition, pre-existing conditions, and environmental factors all play a part in whether or not you will get that happy go lucky feeling or feeling like everyone is out to get you. 

Many people today use cannabis to help them relax, but it has been used centuries ago for that very reason. In 1563 the Portuguese physician, Garcia de Orta, had said that marijuana delivers sufferers from their worries and cares....