Nowadays it seems riskier than ever for major corporations to take a stand on a hot-button political issue, however Walgreens has opened the door to discussing the positive benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog.
While the company hasn’t come right out and said, “We support medical marijuana,” its post titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis” lists its many health benefits, providing readers with a perceived alternative to traditional pain medication and treatments.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the rumors that pot smokers tend to have healthier figures than their sober counterparts. Guess what? It’s true! A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that on average marijuana fanatics have a 7% lower body mass index and a 4% smaller waistline. No wonder we look so good.
In its widest definition, a drug is a chemical substance that changes how the body operates, garnering a biological effect that deviates from "normal." Now, normal is a hard to thing to define. Medically speaking, normal might be considered as everyone but the last few percentage of the population on either side of the spectrum. Tall and skinny, short and fat — there is quite the disparity between friends and even relatives. So if someone needs to go through a process in order to eat or sleep "normally," it is not fair to call them drug users.
A recent article in the Chicago Tribune poses the question, "Could medical marijuana users become addicted to pot?" I am here to tell you no, idiot, medical marijuana poses the same threat to your addiction-prone self as "turning into an absolute monster" when forgoing a morning meditation and your post-savasana acai bowl breakfast. Addiction is defined as the compulsion to engage in rewarding stimuli, often while forsaking responsibilities like work, relationships, and even one's health.
A study has found that THC helps protect the brain in cases of traumatic brain injury. The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) surveyed patients with traumatic brain injuries and found that those who tested positive for THC were more likely to survive than those who did not.
Another study finds a relationship between those who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and marijuana use. Some doctors think ADHD sufferers are self-medicating with pot to manage their impulsiveness. Interestingly, the latest study found men with ADHD were using pot to help with attention while females with ADHD used it for sleep.