Marijuana gets a pretty bad rap.

Between politicians with hidden agendas and pharma industry people who know they can’t patent marijuana (but would love to try), this billowy plant of goodness tends to get lost between the cracks. We all know pot is great for pain relief but what about all the other things it can help treat?

Millions of people around the world use marijuana to treat different health conditions but because it is still illegal in most parts of the world, scientists and doctors who want to research it have trouble legally getting their hands on weed.

But some have. And thanks to these weed warriors, we’ve been able to put together a list of studies which show that marijuana truly is a wonder plant.

Diabetes

Pot makes you eat. A lot. It seems to defy logic that it would prevent diabetes but believe it or not, some researchers have found that it might actually help your body process sugar better. So you might end up eating more, but it seems to keep you skinny and lower your risk of diabetes (no, this doesn’t mean you can eat all the Hersheys).

ADHD

People with ADHD who use marijuana to control their symptoms swear by marijuana. Researchers analysed online forums where ADHD sufferers posted about marijuana helping them gain focus and energy to get their work done. They found that at least 1 in 4 people with ADHD had increased focus without the side effects. Move over Ritalin, there’s a new kid on the block.

Epilepsy

We’ve all heard about the parents who are treated like criminals by law enforcement for giving their epileptic kids cannabis oils but it turns out, they have plenty of research to support them. Chemicals in the marijuana like CBD and THC control seizures by binding to the brain cells and reducing the hyper-excitability that causes seizures.

Glaucoma

People with glaucoma know how terrible it can feel to have eyes that feel as hard as rocks. Glaucoma occurs when there is a buildup of pressure in the eye which can eventually result in nerve damage and blindness. Research has shown that cannabis helps to prevent this by reducing the pressure in the eye. If you’re not big on those eye drops, perhaps talk to your doctor about eating a weed brownie instead?

Multiple Sclerosis

Marijuana doesn’t just help your mind chill- it helps your muscles calm down too. Marijuana can’t treat multiple sclerosis but it can reduce the painful muscle spasms that it causes. A study with 30 people who did not respond to any other form of pain relief found that using marijuana helped them immensely.

Nerve pain

We know that marijuana helps people with cancer-related pain but research also shows that it can help people with hard-to-treat nerve pain too. A study found that when inhaled, marijuana helped at least 20% of those in the study who complained of nerve pain.

Dementia

Dementia may seem to be a normal part of ageing but it doesn’t have to be. Dementia

(or Alzheimer’s disease) happens when plaques form in the brain and end up killing your brain cells. The THC chemicals in marijuana slow the formation of these plaques by blocking the enzyme that creates them.

Keep doing those Sudoku puzzles and a weed joint to the mix too.

Arthritis

Arthritis can be debilitating. In its worst form, it can leave people absolutely bedbound. But there’s hope for arthritis sufferers. A bunch of studies looking at rheumatoid arthritis show that people who use marijuana often find that it reduces their pain levels dramatically and helps them sleep.

Inflammatory disorders

In addition to relieving pain in inflammatory disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis), marijuana actually stops the inflammatory disease itself. The beneficial chemicals in cannabis seem to calm the immune system down which is why it’s being used in disease such as lupus ( where the body attacks itself for no apparent reason) and Crohn’s Disease (a painful condition in the gut). Over 90% of people with Crohn’s found significant pain relief after smoking a joint because the marijuana helps to regulate gut function by reducing the “leakiness” that people with gut disorders suffer from.

 

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