Benefits of cannabis: What we don’t talk about 127



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Cannabis, marijuana, mary-j, weed – whatever you want to call it, has been a hot topic of discussion for many years, but it feels like more recently there’s been a positive light put on the once very controversial plant. Its ability to aid in pain management for disease and cancer sufferers has been well documented, but there are some other benefits of cannabis that aren’t common knowledge, including new research from deep in the African jungle.


Hunter-gatherer tribes from deep in the central African rainforest smoke cannabis, not to relax or feel good, but to ward off worms. According to researcher Ed Hagen from Washington State University, “We thought, ‘Why would so many people around the world be using plant toxins in this very ‘recreational’ way?’” said Ed Hagen, one of the study’s authors. “If you look at non-human animals, they do the same thing, and what a lot of biologists think is they’re doing it to kill parasites”.

Back in the lab, both nicotine and cannabis killed intestinal worms, so the researchers decided to investigate if there was a link between smoking pot and the number of worms infecting a person. They wanted to find out if some people, who are far from conventional medicine and the media, actually smoke cannabis to self-medicate against worms. They did this by taking urine and stool samples to test for cannabis and worm eggs. The results were pretty remarkable: smoking cannabis did significantly lower parasites.



Treating asthma may with marijuana may not seem wise but according to science, the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in cannabis enhances the body’s ability to improve breathing – and it’s from research dating back to the 1970s.

While trials showed smoking marijuana could help calm asthma attacks, scientists tried (and failed) to develop an inhaler that could deliver the THC. Some say modern-day vaporisers might be the solution.



Studies have shown that smoking marijuana could reduce eye pressure in glaucoma sufferers. Some glaucoma patients rely on medical marijuana however as the results are short-lived, the treatment needs to be stronger.


It can create brain cells

We all thought marijuana killed brain cells but in fact a study into cannabinoids’ ability to promote neurogenesis in the brain region responsible for mood and memory found that it helped to improve and stimulate brain cells.



Hemp fibre, is one of the more durable and strong resources on the planet and yet it is not used even half as much as it could be. Although industrial hemp plants are the same species as marijuana plants, but they don’t produce the same psychoactive ingredient.

It is extremely robust and versatile plant with many ecological benefits– it reinvigorates the soil, is naturally resistant to pests, and matures quickly. The hemp plant is also highly useful and can be used in the manufacture of a wide variety of industrial and consumer products. In fact, it is probably one of the most useful plants known to humanity, as nearly every part of the hemp plant can be utilised in some way, yet you’ll be hard-pressed to find it in your house. On top of all that, it produces 250 per cent more fibre than cotton and can be used to make clothing, shoes, paper, canvas, carpeting, rope, bags, luggage, home furnishings, construction materials, biodegradable plastics, and even auto parts. It is twice as strong as wood or concrete.


More positive medical studies than negative

In a compiled list of 60 peer-reviewed studies involving marijuana, it was found that 68 per cent were found to be in favour of marijuana, including studies into its ability to treat motor neurone disease, bipolar disorder, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, nausea, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD and rheumatoid arthritis.


Tell us, are you surprised by the benefits of the cannabis plant?

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  1. Shouldn’t matter what it is called, if it’s medical benefits out way everything else then what is the problem….nothing get over it and use it for medical purposes to help people.

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    • The only people advocating dope use are users …. if there were any benefits at all with this disgusting substance the why is it banned in every jurisdiction on the planet …. I hope you people never have to see first hand what it does to families and individuals …. I for one would actually murder pushers if I was a little braver and had the resources …. as it is I am getting on now 67 so maybe there is not that much time left for me so maybe I should start looking at this seriously …. its that big a problem for our next generation …

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      • It is not banned in every jurisdiction in the world Brian ! medical marijuana is becoming more and more recognised for its healing benefits and has been legalised in so many jurisdictions now.

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        • Spot on June. There’s so much research done on medical cannabis that it would help if some f the folk on here actually read some instead of spewing their outdated, personal views on a very helpful plant.

  2. I’m not interested in smoking marijuana, but if we needed it for health reasons I would have no hesitation.
    We were in Amsterdam a few years ago and it was so common. People smoking it all around us. We never saw anyone stoned.

  3. So isn’t it time to take marijuana off the dangerous drug list, clearly we have been lied to by corporation who have been protected by trade laws.

  4. Hi I would be interested if medical marijuana would be any good for trigeminal neuralgia

  5. I think it is time the full range of medical benefits were properly investigated and it should be prescribed by your Doctor just like other medications.

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    • Those investigations have been done for centuries. Doctors are largely influenced by pharmaceutical companies. Too much conflict of interest.

  6. And what about all the uses of the hemp plant?

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    • Hemp is grown legally here in Australia under fairly strict conditions even though the plant itself is not the type that produces usable quantities of THC. The plantations are closely monitored as it is easy to grow the drug type amongst the others as they look virtually identical. The trouble is that there is not a strong market for the product as most manufacturers are geared up to use plastics and find that product easier to work with.

  7. This is absolute rubbish. The problems of using marijuana far out way any benefits.

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    • What is under discussion is the medicinal use of cannabis oil under strict guidelines and prescription by medical professionals. This is a long way from druggies smoking weed on the streets, which should be kept on the banned list.

    • I agree Phil, but apparently the medicinal Hooch does have positive results. My friend had Lukeimia and it has drastically reduced his count, whereas medicines were showing no improvement. But yeah, I agree, not for the streets.

    • What problems are those Phil ? Your sources please, trials ,studies and resuolts. Not just your own preconceived prejudices.
      There are some that show cannabis use in young people can be damaging to growing brains, but as far as I am aware there is nothing that shows permanent damage, nothing that shows definite predisposition to moving on to hard drugs. Some evidence please.

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  8. no idea but haven’t we talked about this many many times before? only so many times I can say I don’t smoke it or eat but but would consider it if was approved for medicinal use

  9. I have personally seen the psychotic effects of marihuana, however, also firmly believe in its medical use for pain management. Like all other pain management medications it needs to be medically administered and patients closely monitored.

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    • Absolutely spot on Dawn Douglas! I too have seen the effects of social smoking and it’s not nice but to use it medically I’m all for it!

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