There are so many naysayers out there regarding marijuana that we thought we’d brighten up your day a bit and pass on some interesting, informative and good news to you. There are some obvious and very well documented health benefits from ingesting cannabis, such as pain relief, reduction of epileptic seizures and the decrease in eye pressure for those suffering from glaucoma, but we wanted to give you a few more that might surprise you.
Weight loss is probably not the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think of marijuana. There have been several studies at major universities (Harvard and University of Nebraska) that have found that people who use marijuana are skinnier than their friends who don’t use it. Apparently, the pot friendly people had smaller waists than non-users even though the munchies caused them to eat up to 600 more calories a day than usual. Go figure.
Lung capacity increase for people who smoke marijuana was reported by the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Survey. It also found that lungs were not affected negatively by cannabis smoke.
Depression was found in much lower levels in those who smoked cannabis occasionally or daily compared to people who never used marijuana. This was found in studies done by USC and SUNY Albany.
ADHD and anxiety symptoms were found to be relieved with small doses of cannabis. This was also found in the same studies done by USC and SUNY Albany.
Cancer cells have been killed in patients with leukemia who smoked pot. That was in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, which basically said that cannabis turns off the cancer gene and stops the cancer from spreading.
Arthritis pain has been successfully reduced in many patients who ingest marijuana. The THC stifles the chronic pain that accompanies arthritis. Patients generally reduce pain, get more sleep and their inflammation is also greatly diminished.
Opiate addiction has been decreased when addicts substitute marijuana for the opiates they have been using.
Multiple Sclerosis pain has been shown to significantly decrease when patients use marijuana.
There are many more benefits to those who use cannabis; we just wanted to share a few with our readers. Don’t forget that pot can bring out your creativity also. Many artists and aspiring artists say that their creative doors magically opened up and worlds that they never imagined previously were now theirs to explore. Go explore and be happy!
If you keep up with marijuana news or if you’re just around people who are always up to speed about what’s happening in the world of cannabis, then you know that many of the cannabinoids in marijuana are extremely beneficial on a medicinal level. Well, now one of the nation’s leading and most highly respected mainstream magazines has recently published a story touting the scientific effectiveness of marijuana and its potential role in preventing and slowing Alzheimer’s disease.
We’ve talked about Alzheimer’s previously and we are always thrilled when a cure or a preventive measure is tied to cannabis. This time, however, we are totally thrilled by the source of the news: Forbes Magazine. Yes, this magazine that reports on who the richest people on the planet are and what your portfolio should really look like is sharing the story of scientific researchers who have made major breakthroughs using marijuana as their focus.
The venerable Salk Institute in San Diego, California, has been seriously looking into THC (terahydrocannabinol) and other marijuana constituents, and how they can remove the amyloid beta proteins from their lab-grown neurons. Now, that didn’t make any sense to me either – at first, because I’m not a scientist. However, I am a human being and the further I read, the more I understood that what that meant was Alzheimer’s patients accumulate the toxic protein named amyloid in their brain. And they’ve been doing it for decades. THC was shown to remove amyloid along with decreasing cellular inflammation, both of which contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.
Professor David Schubert, senior author of the study, said, “We believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.” This study is an important step forward in understanding some of the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s and perhaps some of the ways to prevent the disease also.
Taking precautionary steps when one is young in order to remove amyloid beta and protecting the nerve cells from inflammation is one key thing to do. Although the study points to THC and other active compounds in cannabis that might be able to assist in removing amyloid beta from nerve cells, the researchers stop short of recommending the use of marijuana to Alzheimer’s prone people. Their next step is going to be clinical trials and they want everyone to know that this marijuana study was “promising but not actionable.” That, of course, is shorthand for “Go to you dispensary now! Do not stop at GO, do not collect $200. We think that’s a grand idea – thanks to Forbes Magazine.
Sativa strains have a euphoric effect on people. It increases one’s creativity and stimulates the mind while energizing the urge for physical and mental activity. Sativa is also known to prompt a positive mood and to relieve migraines. It is a good daytime strain that enables you to feel great and wide awake.
Indica strains are known for their evening or nighttime qualities. They have a calming influence and can also act as a mild sedative. Indica can also increase your appetite and give you the munchies as it reduces your anxiety and your pain. Indica is best used at night when you are finished with work and most other physical activity.
These two mainstays of our marijuana culture are pretty easy to tell apart. Physically they are noticeably distinct. If you were to see a mature sativa plant next to a fully-grown indica bush you would recognize a huge difference immediately. The sativa would be Abraham Lincoln standing next to Daniel Radcliffe. Sativa = tall, indica = short. The leaves or ‘hands are also very telling. Sativa’s leaves are like a pianist’s fingers, that is, they are long and slender, while indica’s hands are brick layer’s in that they, the individual leaves, are wide and full. They are what someone’s hands and fingers would look like after manhandling heavy bricks all his life.
Sativa = slender, indica = wide.
Indica plants are usually grown indoors and can grow upwards of 3 feet high, and sativas are mostly grown out doors and can reach heights of over 15 feet.
In the late 1700s a French biologist named Jean-Baptiste Lamarck observed that hemp plants from India had an intoxicating effect when smoked. He also noticed that similar hemp plants in Europe had no psychoactive effects no matter how much one smoked them. The European hemp was already named Cannabis sativa so he decided to identify the Indian version, (which he liked much better) by name, so he baptized it cannabis indica. Shortly after that, Mr. Lamarck’s cannabis indica became very popular in western medical circles for its therapeutic benefits.