10 Major Health Benefits of Marijuana

The days of Reefer Madness are pretty far gone, but the American public is still vastly uninformed about marijuana, particularly concerning its myriad of amazing health benefits. Here are 10 (out of countless) health benefits that marijuana possesses. With that said, it’s simply baffling that medical marijuana is not legal in most of the country, and still there retains such a negative reputation. So, if you have one of these conditions, now might be a good time to call up your cousin’s dealer.

1. Cancer

There is a lot of unfounded rhetoric that states smoking pot can cause lung cancer because your inhaling smoke, like cigarettes. This simply isn’t true. Cigarette smoke causes cancer because the tobacco is radiated whereas marijuana isn’t. In fact, the American Association for Cancer Research has found the marijuana actually works to slow down tumor growth in the lungs, breasts, and brain considerably.

2. Seizures

Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities which have proven to be a very effective treatment of seizures. There are actually countless cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

3. Migraines

Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana. And that’s NOT just because it’s easy to fake having migraines, right? RIGHT?!

4. Glaucoma

Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented. There isn’t a single valid study that exists that disproves marijuana’s very powerful and popular effects on glaucoma patients. Beat that, DEA!

5. Multiple Sclerosis

Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use pot to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

6. Tourette’s and OCD

Just like marijuana can treat seizures and multiple sclerosis, marijuana’s effects slow down the tics in those suffering from Tourette’s, and the obsessive neurological symptoms in people with OCD.

7. ADD and ADHD

A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s

Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s

Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome

Next time your girlfriend is complaining that you smoke too much weed, hand her a joint. Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes your girlfriend to lash out at you. Using marijuana for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
So now that you’ve read through all this, can you really let anyone convince you of a need for marijuana rehab? I think we’ve made a pretty good case that marijuana IS rehab! It is also highly recommended that you check out The Union (for free!), a great documentary made by Brett Harvey.

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  6. ok so i have a few things to say first of all medical marijuana will be legalized as soon as the American people quit being scarred to tell the government were to stick it secondly why do you have poor all over this website don't you want people to take you seriously come the fu*% on

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  13. Smoking weed is not a sin! Who says its illegal? Man or god? Everything and anything you put before god is a sin,or illegal. It’s all about self control.

  14. i think marijuana should be smoked only for meditation purposes,not when operatin machinery or driving

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  18. i think through marijuana that u can cure caner an other diseases an the other drug useis will go down if they legal lis it

  19. i dont think weed is the cure for any illness. but it definitly helps ease the uncomfortable symptoms associated with fatal or non fatal illnesses

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  21. I don’t smoke marijuana I’m fravor of legalization of pot it is completely harmless and non addictive the system is afraid it can cure something”no money in healthy people only sick people!!!!!

  22. I hope the day will come it will be legal, However I doubt it will pharmiscial company’s will never let It happen. They are the ones that fund the politians who are the ones that pass the laws.only when people come together and make it happen will it. imagine what it could do for out economy.

  23. like most of the people on this website have already mentioned, the government, corrupt phycians, and others that have bought into the bull shit propoganda the government has been given out since the early 1900's, and are probably not going to legalize the "medicine" for medicinal or recreational use, all because of money… even though legalizing it would give us the economic boost we need. but it makes more money being illegal than legal. not to mention the fear the government has put into the citizens of the use of mariquana when in reality it does way more good then bad.

  24. If they leagalized marijuana and cocaine, the drug lords in south america would all be dead within one week.

  25. Marijuana is also good more the manic side of Bipolar. It keep the mania subsided and is good to have when you begin to get racing thoughts. Some people disagree that it is good for this disease but I disagree. It has done wonders for me and I don't even use it everyday just once or twice a week and not only does it slow the mania down but it helps me sleep and take off stress of our very busy lives. It helps you to be in the Now and not worry about the past or the future. This stuff is like a superplant that can makes major profit in every major industry in the world, yet it's illegal. This makes no sense, we could really begin to pay off our national debt with the money and it would increase jobs. The benefits are countless. It makes you wonder? Sounds like a bit of corruption to me. People are being informed now and realizing the truth. I hope in our lifetime it will become legal. We would live in a much more peaceful world if it were to happen.

  26. Marijuana is also good more the manic side of Bipolar. It keep the mania subsided and is good to have when you begin to get racing thoughts. Some people disagree that it is good for this disease but I disagree. It has done wonders for me and I don't even use it everyday just once or twice a week and not only does it slow the mania down but it helps me sleep and take off stress of our very busy lives. It helps you to be in the Now and not worry about the past or the future. This stuff is like a superplant that can makes major profit in every major industry in the world, yet it's illegal. This makes no sense, we could really begin to pay off our national debt with the money and it would increase jobs. The benefits are countless. It makes you wonder? Sounds like a bit of corruption to me. People are being informed now and realizing the truth. I hope in our lifetime it will become legal. We would live in a much more peaceful world if it were to be legalized.

  27. Marijuana is also good more the manic side of Bipolar. It keep the mania subsided and is good to have when you begin to get racing thoughts. Some people don't believe that it is good for this disease but I disagree with them. It has done wonders for me and I don't even use it everyday just once or twice a week and not only does it slow the mania down but it helps me sleep and take off stress of our very busy lives. It helps you to be in the Now and not worry about the past or the future. This stuff is like a superplant that can makes major profit in every major industry in the world, yet it's illegal. This makes no sense, we could really begin to pay off our national debt with the money and it would increase jobs. The benefits are countless. It makes you wonder? Sounds like a bit of corruption to me. People are being informed now and realizing the truth. I hope in our lifetime it will become legal. We would live in a much more peaceful world if it were to happen.

  28. Anti-Stupid Drug

    You’re all idiots. Go back through your posts and read them. EVERYONE misspelled words. Why is it that moron stoners think they’re smarter than everyone else? You think you’re the first people to discover something that gets you high? When one of you actually becomes a scientist, maybe people will start listening. The problem is to get to the point where you can become a scientist you have to stop smoking weed. I’m so sick of you people constantly whining that nobody understands you goth’s, emo’s, alternative lifestyle hippies. Get a f*cking life.

  29. if you legalize it the government would actually make money off of it I would charge $500 for a distributor's license ans $1000 for a growers license once a year not to mention alot of the prisons that could be shut down and the jobs that could open up for those released cons the task force wouldn't lose they're jobs cause you can still use them to bust the illegal sellers or growers so what if a few prison guards lose they're jobs you said you needed more law enforcement well make those ex prison guards street cops troopers or sheriffs just think about it I also have ideas to drop drop out rates for the education department to and when it comes to death row we need public executions back they a great purpose it set an example for the masses and hanging was not immoral depending on the magnitude of the crime also I have ideas for weapons for military that doesn't go against nato standards as well

  30. hey asshole,
    your completely misinformed, millions of americans of all ages and classes smoke weed… not just emo's and hippies. i'm the CFO of my company and also have made millions of dollars from investments in real estate. marijuana has helped me endure a high stress job, and simply have fun in my life. if you want to judge US STONERS, educate yourself first. and why dont u get a f*cking life.
    …shit head

  31. I'm sure that if it were any kind of legit and not just a waste of time like the people who smoke it, it would be legal.

  32. I have been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and clinical depression, I also have high levels anxiety(that make me afraid to leave my house) ,stomach problems that cause me to be nauseous when I eat, and a sleeping disorder . I was on many different medications to find the right one for me till I said enough because none of them helped. Till the day I smelled the wonderful aroma of marijuana, I smoked it and it had incredible effects on me, for example my mind slowed, my mood was stable, I was happy and content, my anxiety diminished and I could function and go out and live without fear. It slowed my racing thoughts so I could concentrate, calmed my stomach so I could eat without getting sick, and able to sleep soundly throughout the night. To anyone that thinks that this "drug" is bad;' when in reality it helps thousands pone millions of people deal with their everyday illnesses, get this thru your head.

  33. The People's Voice

    To Mitch and Anit-Stupid Drug,
    It's unfortunate that you've had such bad experiences with marijuana. But to comment and put down the people who use it shows a character that most marijuana users don't posess. Leading to the idea that maybe you guys should try it.
    I've never heard of any marijuana users state that they're smarter than a non-smoker.
    I'll assume that both of you consume alcohol occasionally. The effects, the deaths, the fighting and sexual-assults that has been the outcome of many drunk individuals proves the lethalicity of the substance. But it's legal.
    Point in hand, don't judge marijuana smokers. In fact, don't judge anyone. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself and let people live how they want to live.
    Nobody is perfect, and each life is lived differently, according to their own beliefs.
    Your negative opinions are unwelcome and show your lack of understanding. Further your education.

  34. Some people are just lazy and do not wish to be a contributing member of society, but that group is not all stoners. What about drunks? Those who chug bottles of listerine and vanilla extract in hopes of getting drunk? Yet alcohol is legal because in the hands of the responsible it is fine. Cigarettes kill thousands upon thousands of people DAILY! They are still legal, and I am a smoker so I'm not trying to rag on anyone there. Yet Marijuana is classified as a bad thing. Why? Because it got off on a wrong foot.
    I am an accountant, my friends are electricians, vetrenarians and managers, but we all enjoy marijuana same as other people would a nice beer with friends after a long day of work.
    I would ask that no one judge people by what they do. Some people dress up in the other gender's lingerie for enjoyment. Does this mean lingerie is dangerous? Some people ignore friends and family and responsibility for video games. Does this mean video games should be illegal and considred dangerous? No. It means that some people do not know how to balance their life appropriately. I pray nearly every day that Marijuana is legalized in canada, because it's the only thing that helps my anxiety attacks, nausea and terrible female complications! I hate the drugs that do more harm than good. C'mon people, this stuff is pretty awesome

  35. You must be a redneck, Id bet a million dollars on this!
    1st off misspelling is not because were stoners, its because most people since the internet and cellphones are widely used today for messaging (obvious to us stoners, you just use the net to spread your hate), rely on spell check or use shortened words. And to quote you, "The problem is to get to the point where you can become a scientist" better do your research before you make such a stupid comment, you ARE ON THE NET, WOULD OF TAKEN YOU 10 SECS REDNECK (only took me 3 secs.), BUT obviously your brain is slow from lack of THC. No worries, here!
    EG. Stephen Jay Gould
    Renowned scientist and Harvard Professor,
    EG. Sigmund Freud, medical doctor, psychologist and father of psychoanalysis, is generally recognized as one of the most influential and authoritative thinkers of the 20th century.
    EG. Kary Mullis
    Won the 1993 Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing a now commonly used technique called the "polymerase chain reaction," which allows scientists to quickly and easily duplicate segments of DNA.
    Guess these guys were all "idiots" also then huh. Get off your high horse, learn something while your using the net rather then make such stupid comments about ppl or things you obviously have no knowledge of, and spreading your anger, which by the way weed will cure also. 😉 Learn or continue to be clueless about what you speak of you judgmental piece of stupid. 😉 (As i light another spliff!) Wish i could blow this smoke in your face and watch you change into something better then you are now.

  36. Hahahaha i like how the stoners are telling the idiots who are judgmental to further there education and learn something rather then spreading there hate comments, maybe Anti-stupid drug GUY is right.. STONERS think they ARE SMARTER then everyone of them, CUZ WE ARE! Roll it up, light it up, in hale, ex hale! 😛

  37. Chances are there is someone in your family that smokes, guess there a waste of your time. But really, your comment is a waste of time.

  38. I find your comment particularly entertaining. I'm an exec in the energy industry. I've made something of myself and continue to grow more as a person. I've made a jump from college graduate into an independent sales rep then to a VP status. I'm sorry you don't feel the same

  39. I find your comment particularly entertaining. I'm an exec in the energy industry. I've made something of myself and continue to grow more as a person. I've made a jump from college graduate into an independent sales rep then to a VP status. I'm sorry you don't feel the same way. Many people like to drink when they get off work; I would rather get high and listen to music, play with my pets, take care of the first home I bought 3 months ago and enjoy my life. By the way; I'm 23 years old and already a VP; how old are you and what's your position?

  40. I would agree, in short yes alcohol and tobacco are bad for you…but marijuana isn't any better for you either. If we were suppose to drink and smoke, we would be born with a joint in our mouth and a bottle of bacardi gold in our hand. But my point is that were not born with those things, we are born sober and there's a good reason for it…

  41. Haha. You must not get laid very much. Yes, being a negative person is a great way to live life. Grow up Peter Pan.

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