1) Smoking weed makes you less fat – or at least reduce your obesity
You might not think it after you’ve watched a munchie-struck stoner devour an entire KFC family bucket in one go, but dope smokers are less likely to be obese.
The researchers from Conference of New York University Health Centers looked at 900 adults aged 18-74 – and found that cannabis users tend to have low body mass index scores (often taken as a sign of good health).
A study in the journal Obesity found that regular weed smokers are less likely to be obese than non-smokers.
2) Marijuana actually improve lung function and performance
The researchers, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say that the big drags taken by weed smokers helps the lung to perform better and may actually ‘train’ lungs to be more efficient.
Smoking marijuana isn’t actually that bad for your lungs, and smokers actually have improved lung function when compared to both cigarette smokers – and people who have never smoked either.
3) It can increase creativity and thought process
‘Cannabis increased verbal fluency in low creatives to the same level as that of high creatives thinking.’
The researchers said, ‘We investigated the effects of marijuana smoked naturalistically on schizotypy and divergent thinking, a measure of creativity and thoughtfulness.
A 2012 study in Consciousness and Cognition found that marijuana made people more creative – at least in terms of how well they used language.
‘One hundred and sixty cannabis users were tested on 1 day when sober and another day when intoxicated with cannabis.
4) Weed can help athletes perform better and be a good sportsmanship
‘Studies have shown that the drug has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is one reason why medical marijuana is so prevalent and use for medicinal purposes.’
Because of marijuana’s illegality in most places, hard research is still hard to come by.
Gordy Megroz of Outside conducted his own study after noting the number of athletes who credit marijuana use for increased performance and recovery.
And however unscientific you deem his little self-experiment to be, he found that he performed better on the treadmill and was less sore after a heavy squat session.
‘I do a heavy squat session while high, which would normally leave me sore for two days, but I’m surprisingly fresh 24 hours later,’ he wrote.
‘Even when not stoned, other aches and pains seem to dissipate, too.
5) Cannabis can kill cancer cells(another shocker)
In a page of official government advice, the U.S. government now says,, ‘Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory.’
The site says that the effect has so far been seen in rodent studies, and cautions, ‘At this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.’
In what could be a key moment for advocates of legal cannabis, the U.S. government has admitted that the drug can shrink cancer cells.
6) It’s a far safer alternative to alcohol and heroine – in fact, it’s 200 times safer
Cannabis could actually be the safest drug available, after a study found it is actually 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to the journal, Scientific Reports.
Smoking weed helps patients give up opiates such as heroin, a new study has found.
The reports‘ authors studied the effects of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, crystal meth and cannabis.
The researchers also found that dosing patients with dronabinol – a drug consisting of the ‘active’ ingredient in cannabis, THC – helped with withdrawal symptoms.