For decades, the federal government has worked tirelessly to convince the population of the dangers of using cannabis. However, as more research and studies are conducted, results are debunking the government myths and proving the true medical benefits associated with this magical plant.
Alcohol consumption, obesity, migraines, intelligence and opiate dependency are all areas recently explored in relation to marijuana and the affect it has on each situation. Many major universities chose to conduct testing and experimentation, ensuring reputable information was collected and delivered to the public.
1. Marijuana and alcohol
The University of California, Irvine, along with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, discovered, whether it was recreational or medical use, marijuana users rarely mix their high with alcohol. In recreational users, less than one in five reported drinking alcohol while smoking; in medical marijuana users that rate drops to fewer than three percent.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention also released a report in the last month revealing an extreme decrease in the amount of people combing alcohol and ganja before driving. The amount of drivers, ages 16 to 20, under the duel influence has dropped from 2.3 percent to 1.4 percent. An even greater drop occurred in users’ ages 21 to 25, moving from 3.1 percent to 1.9 percent.
2. Marijuana and obesity
Researchers at the University of Calgary discovered, by introducing daily, small amounts of THC into obese mice they were able to inhibit an increase in body fat. They concluded that daily THC intake does help prevent high fat, diet induced weight gain.
While these results might be contrary to popular stereotypes, they do support past research done by the University of Miami, where researchers discovered cannabis users are 50 percent less likely to be obese or suffer from high cholesterol and blood pressure.
3. Marijuana and migraines
The University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences studied 121 adults suffering from monthly migraines, and came up with some pretty amazing results.
A decrease in migraine frequency was report in 85 percent of users, while another 12 percent of users said using marijuana at the earliest signs of a migraine completely stopped that pain. Overall, with the use of cannabis, researchers discovered a drop from 10.4 migraines per month to just 4.6.
4. Marijuana and intelligence
By studying twins, one using marijuana and one not, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Minnesota proved ganja has no long-term effects on IQ. The research was ground breaking and the largest of its’ kind. Scientists measured intelligence levels between ages 9 and 12, then again between 17 and 20. Results showed, there was no significant decrease in IQ between the twin using marijuana and the twin not using marijuana.
5. Marijuana and opiate dependency
Columbia University studied how the effects of marijuana could aid patients going through opiate withdrawals. Researchers found, participants inhaling cannabis were able to sleep better and felt less anxious during the detoxing process. They also concluded, because of the lessened withdrawal symptoms, patients were more likely to remain in treatment.
Furthermore, states with legal medical marijuana report lower rates of opiate dependences and deaths.
With so many major universities funding marijuana research, it’s only a matter of time until the federal government realizes the mistakes they are making by continuing to make this life-saving herb illegal.
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