The tides are turning for cannabis’s reputation.
In the past, smoking weed was often equated to being lazy, or some kind of brain-dead hippy, but this has all changed thanks to new research and a shift in the public consciousness.
Since it was discovered just how amazing marijuana is for curing certain illnesses, money has been pumped into research to see what else the drug is good for, and the results have been astounding.
Medicinal marijuana is now legal in around half of all U.S states, but where it is still illegal other drugs like alcohol and harder class A’s are the drug of choice for those wishing to zone out.
Cannabis is safer than all other recreational drugs, it is almost impossible to overdose from and is related to absolutely no violent crimes.
And now, research has shown how smoking weed actually improves you brain function, contrary to old opinions.
The study, entitled “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” tested 24 patients over a three month period and their cognitive function was tested in a variety of different ways.
Lead study author Staci Gruber says:
“After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their ability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,”
Overall health including better sleep patterns, reduced anxiety and even a reduction in use of other prescription medicines were reported in the test subjects.
“We saw a 42 percent reduction in opioid use,” and “This is significant, particularly for those of us in Massachusetts and other areas of the country where the opioid epidemic is ravaging so many. This preliminary finding certainly warrants deeper and broader investigation.”
This study backs up a growing body of research suggesting that weed should not be seen as a recreational drug, it is a natural medicine with many wonderful benefits.