health | 12.16.2019

11 Non-Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Cannabis is usually used in two circumstances; for medicinal purposes or recreational. If you don’t use it either way, you may wonder why anyone would ever consume it. Marijuana is becoming increasingly popular to treat those who need it as a medical aid or medicine. It has countless uses to treat an array of illnesses from cancer to epilepsy, to glaucoma. On the contrary, those who use it recreationally can sometimes get a bad wrap from society – ‘stoner, burn out, hippie…’ you get the picture.

The thing is there are many benefits recreational users can obtain by smoking or consuming marijuana. It’s not just for the sick. Here are 11 benefits of marijuana that make is medicine for humans who are not sick:

1. Unlock your creativity

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Humans are known to be creatures of habit. Wake up. Go to work. Go to sleep. Repeat. Marijuana can take you outside of your normal habits and allow you to open up to think differently. You may find you are more inventive, artistic and innovative. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

2. Become closer with your friends

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Since smoking brings you into a different reality – a creative and imaginative one – some people feel their inhibitions fall away and they are able to speak and think freely with others. Deep conversations bring you closer to your friends, connecting you in ways your sober mind wouldn’t think possible. For those scared to be too vulnerable don’t worry, these moments will come in between hilarious, rolling on the floor laughing conversations too.

3. Food is more delicious

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Most people get the munchies when they are high. Why is that? Your senses are heightened. When you are high you can taste, smell, hear (every crackle and crunch!) and even feel the food. Test some new recipes and enjoy.

4. Thinking outside the box

Marijuana can unlock different ways of thinking your regular self can never find. Traditional ways of thinking are set on the back burner and imaginative, divergent thinking it brought to the forefront.

5. Bring you and others onto the same wavelength

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While you are thinking outside of the box, you can persuade others to see it like you do. And because they are high too, they are more open to thinking outside of the box. Ultimately, you will both be on the same wavelength. No need to argue your point or defend yourself, everyone just “gets it”. How sweet is that?

6. Help you test your limits

Since you feel creative and throw away all inhibitions when high, smoking can be a way to test your limits. This can be different for each person. If you’re shy, smoking can help you blossom into a talkative, outgoing person. Other people may find new talents like painting, music or sketching.  Light one up and see what side of you emerges. You’d be surprised to see what talents are dormant inside of you.

7. Feel playful and giddy

Now that you are an adult you have serious commitments and decisions to make. This can be stressful and leave you feeling drained. Marijuana can bring back your playful, child-like side. It can bring a temporary giddiness that allows you to escape from your normal day-to-day happenings and make you feel like a kid again. Who is up for a game of hide and seek?

8. Enjoy the small things life has to offer

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Cannabis allows you to see the regular things of life differently. After you smoke, get outside. Take in the beauty our world had to offer. Listen to some good tunes. You will hear and feel the music on a deeper level.

9. Different perspective

Since you’re in a creative, open state, you may begin to see things from a different perspective. People use marijuana to experience higher forms of life. It can leave people feeling happier and more compassionate and perhaps with a different perspective than your sober state of mind.

10. Energize your senses

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Forget the coffee buzz. Some strains of marijuana can get you moving in the mornings. Try sativa strains – these strains will give you a perky, head high that will re-energize you when you need it.

11. Give yourself a break from others, work, stress, reality.

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Although smoking can be a social thing – you can also make it about you. Take the “me” time that you really need. Depending on the strain you prefer, you can use the time to get creative, focus or just feel lazy and veg for a while. The point is to step away from reality for a little bit and focus on you.

So there you have it. Marijuana isn’t just for people who are sick, or for the quote on quote “stoners”. Weed can be something enjoyed by everyone for an array of different reasons. So, roll one up and discover the benefits marijuana can have for you.

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