Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabis

medical marijuanaWe have been there. Cannabis is getting a lot of bad rep. Yet, we fail to understand the benefits one can get from using cannabis. Several states in the United States are now looking at cannabis in a different way. In fact, there was a medical expert who changed his opinion about cannabis. Whether it is being used for recreational or not, there is a prevailing belief that cannabis should be made available for people as a drug. There could be an overstatement of the benefits by advocates of the legalization of marijuana, it is important to help people gain access to potential cure for certain diseases. By opening up access to the drug, it enables experts to further enhance the understanding of cannabis’ medical uses and better grasp how this drug impact the body’s health. Business Insider said even if we yet to fully understand cannabis, we still have some idea what it can do to our bodies and promote better health. Here are some health benefits one can get from cannabis.

Weight loss

You might think, people who use marijuana may indulge in food. However, studies show people using cannabis may less likely to become obese. A study published in the journal Obesity said regular users of cannabis may be less likely to turn obese compared to non-users. Researchers from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers took a look at 700 adults within the age range of 18 to 74. Adults who used cannabis tend to have low body mass index (BMI). People with low BMI are will have less risk in developing type 2 diabetes.

Better for lungs

If smoking tobacco is bad for your lungs, smoking cannabis may turn out to be the opposite. People who smoke cannabis have been found to have better or improved lung function compared to tobacco cigarette smokers and people who never smoked at all in their life. A research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association the drags taken by smokers of cannabis could actually exercising the lungs and make them a bit more efficient.

Better creativity

Along with the synesthesia, it was found people who smoke cannabis may be more creative—at least in language skills. A study in 2012 published in Consciousness and Cognition revealed people may be more creative if they smoke cannabis. Verbal fluency among low creatives are improved to the same level of high creatives after taking cannabis.

Improved athletic performance

If you are an athlete, better look at cannabis. A small study showed a person who took cannabis performed better on the treadmill and felt less sore after a workout. It seems, cannabis has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help solve a wide range of health conditions. This is something that has made medical marijuana important especially to cancer patients.

Cancer killer

Speaking of cancer patients, cannabis could be a potent cancer cell killer. An official US government advice said cannabis may have shown great ability to kill cancer cells in a laboratory. There is a long way to really find out how cannabis can help cancer patients, but the start augurs well. The possibilities are endless with cannabis. Due to the illegal stature of the drug in most jurisdictions, it is harder to study it, let along obtain a sample. The best bet for the human race is to have the needed legislation to open up and push the interest of people into cannabis. Once it is done, the possibilities to know what cannabis can do and how it can change the game in terms of people who are suffering and get a better quality of life.

States Where You Can Legally Smoke Marijuana

states where marijuana is legalAfter years of lobbying, now there are some states and the District of Columbia that allow you to use marijuana for recreation. There are some states that may join the club soon. Here is the list of states that have allowed the use of marijuana and the relevant laws.

Alaska

Ballot Measure No. 8 approved in November 3, 1998 and went to effect on March 4, 1999 removed state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by persons with prescription in the hope the patients will benefit from its medical use. Measure 2 allows Alaskans aged 21 and above for creational use.

California

It is legal to use cannabis in California for medical purposes, but by January 2018, Californians, under Proposition 64, adults can possess up to an ounce for recreational use and may grow up to 6 plants individually or more for commercial purposes.

Colorado

Just like California, it is legal in Colorado to use marijuana both for medical and recreational purposes. Colorado Amendment 64 legalized the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, with allowance for private cultivation up to six marijuana plants with no more three being mature. In the first year of the implementation of the law, the sales reached $700 million.

Maine

It is also legal in Maine to use marijuana both medically and for recreation. One can grow up to six marijuana plants but a license is needed to grow more. The Ballot Initiative 1 in 2016 was approved and legalized the use of marijuana with certain restrictions in Maine. Maine imposes a 10 percent tax on commercial marijuana sales. The state has the option to regulate businesses that are related to marijuana.

Massachusetts

Question 4 was passed in 2016 paving the way for the use of marijuana for recreation. The measure means people in Massachusetts may use marijuana for recreational purposes by July 2018. There is a 3.75 percent tax on the marijuana, 6.25 percent state sales tax and a two percent local option tax for a total of 12 percent tax on marijuana sales.

Nevada

On July 1, 2017 Nevada started to allow dispensaries to sell marijuana for recreational purposes. In 2016, Nevada allowed the use of marijuana for recreational purposes after Question 2 was approved by majority of the voters. Now, anyone above the age of 21 and able to show a photo ID may purchase marijuana for recreational purposes.

Oregon

Voters in Oregon approved what was called Measure 91 providing the mechanism for the legal possession and setting limits to the sale of cannabis in the state for recreational use. The state governor signed into law the sets the cannabis sales tax at 25 percent. Recreational use of marijuana in Oregon took effect on October 1, 2015.

Washington

Legalized by the Washington Initiative 502 in 2012, it is legal for anyone over 21 years old to carry an ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes as long as they obtain a permit. Licenses are needed for all sellers, distributors and producers of marijuana. Personal growing of the plant at home is illegal except for medical marijuana purposes.

District of Columbia

The Ballot Initiative 71 legalized the recreational use of cannabis. However, commercial production and sale is not allowed. A person in DC may cultivate and possess marijuana for personal recreational use. The law took effect in February 26, 2015 about 30 days of Congressional review. There you have it, these are the states in the US that allow recreational use of marijuana. There are other states that do allow medical marijuana.   legalization of cannabis