Marijuana has some fairly well-known benefits for those who smoke it, yet only recently is it gaining ground as a treatment option. This is by and large due to its designation by the Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule 1 drug with “no currently accepted medical use”. This makes it difficult to research. Oftentimes, people attribute pain relief and the management of epilepsy to marijuana usage, and there are certainly other benefits that have yet to be explored. If anything, what has been learned so far is evidence of this. Here are some things we currently know about the effects of marijuana.
10. It Feels Good
Chances are, if you know about marijuana, then you’ve at least heard of tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly referred to as THC. THC accesses the brain’s reward system, the same system that pays out when we do things that “feel good”. Essentially, this part of the brain is why those things feel good. In effect, marijuana creates a euphoric effect in the body, so much so that some people are concerned about overuse of marijuana. These people suggest that overuse can lead to a tarnishing of other usually rewarding experiences.
9. Elevated Heart Rate
One lesser-known fact about marijuana is that it can get your heart racing in the first few minutes, elevating your blood pressure. The increase is generally between 20 and 50 beats in a given minute for a duration of up to three hours. What does this mean for those with high blood pressure or other heart conditions? Well, unfortunately, we don’t really know. Information thus far is inconclusive about whether or not smoking marijuana will increase or decrease the odds of a heart attack. Still, barring hypertension, weed isn’t all bad.