More than twenty states in the United States of America have legalized medical weed. In the past 20-or-so years weed and health experts have been working together to reverse the general opinion on medical marijuana. Why?

Well, there are many reasons and they are all positive. To be honest, we don’t understand why it took this long to figure out! Even though the benefits of smoking weed may be overstated by weed legalization advocates, new laws will help researchers study cannabis in hopes of better understanding the plentiful benefits that weed contains.

These are just a few medical benefits:

  1. Weed can be used to treat Glaucoma
  2. Weed may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health
  3. Weed can help control epileptic seizures
  4. A chemical found in weed stops cancer from spreading
  5. Weed decreases anxiety

3 basic but fun facts about Weed:

1) Marijuana is derived from the Cannabis plant

The main active ingredient in cannabis — the part that gives the “high” feeling — is called THC, which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC acts on specific molecules in the body known as cannabinoid receptors, which are mostly found in the brain. Different cannabis products have different levels of THC.

The term “cannabis” can also refer to any drug that is derived from the plant, including the three major types: Marijuana, hashish and hash oil.

2) Marijuana has hundreds of different strains

Marijuana strains can be pure or hybrid varieties, usually derived from the two major species of cannabis: indica and sativa. Different strains have been bred to intensify certain characteristics of cannabis. Indica strains have certain attributes and effects and so do Sativa strains. You can somewhat customize your high in order to reach your desired effects.

3) Marijuana has physical and psychological effects

The effects of marijuana begin within a few minutes of you inhaling it and can last a few hours. THC is absorbed more slowly when it’s taken as a food or liquid and the effects take longer to be felt but the effects are much stronger.

Depending on the type of strain you choose and the form it comes in the effects will vary. If you eat a weed brownie that contains 10mg of THC then you’re going to couch locked for hours. If you smoke a light Sativa haze then you’re going to be able to function normally during the daytime. Make sure you do your research so as to always have a positive time with your new best friend, the Cannabis plant.