Marijuana may get a bad rep in the media as far as the decriminalization debate goes, but its health benefits can no longer go unnoticed. With various studies linking long-term marijuana use to positive, health-related effects, there are more than just a few reasons to smoke some weed everyday.
1. You’re just as likely to pay your doctor a visit as your non-weed consuming counterparts.
A study done by the Boston Medical Center and the Boston University of Medicine, examined 589 drug users—more than 8 out of 10 of whom were pot smokers. It determined that “weed aficionados” were no more likely to visit the doctor than non-drug users. If an increased risk of contracting ailments is what’s preventing you from smoking more weed, it looks like you’re in the clear!
2. Marijuana is a natural pain reliever.
One of the greatest medicinal benefits of marijuana is its pain relieving qualities, which make it especially effective for treating chronic pain. From menstruation cramps to nerve pain, as little as three puffs of bud a day can help provide the same relief as synthetic painkillers. Marijuana relieves pain by “changing the way the nerves function,” says Mark Ware, MD and assistant professor of anaesthesia and family medicine at McGill University.
3. Weed helps boost your creativity.
Some of the greatest artists from the past and present have all turned to bud to help unlock their creativity. From William Shakespeare to Rihanna, there’s just no getting around the fact that a great high will help get the creative juices flowing—perhaps even spurring you to create your next great masterpiece.
4. Marijuana use has been medically linked to decreased joint inflammation.
Studies have found that patients suffering from arthritis could benefit from marijuana use. This is because naturally occurring chemicals in cannabis work to activate pathways in the body that help fight off joint inflammation.
5. Smoking more weed may help regulate your weight.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that individuals who smoked weed were less prone to obesity than non-marijuana users. Another article published in the American Journal of Medicine showed that individuals who smoked weed had smaller waist circumferences than those who did not.
6. Marijuana may help regulate your blood sugar.
The same American Journal of Medicine study also found that subjects who smoked marijuana exhibited lower insulin levels, and had “better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers.” Both factors play an important role in lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
If you weren’t convinced that smoking weed everyday was good before, we’re sure the reasons above are enough to sway you now. So go on, take a toke and reap the benefits of cannabis.
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