Prior to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System, researchers struggled to understand how cannabis produced its intoxicating effects. However, since its discovery in the early 1990s, research in the United States and internationally, is starting to indicate the benefits of smoking weed daily may outweigh potential bad.
Before diving into all the possibilities, let's define the difference between daily use and addiction. Many people take daily prescription medications, along with over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements to improve or maintain their health, or treat a particular symptom or ailment. This is neither considered unhealthy or damaging in modern society, nor is it called an addiction. Likewise, when used appropriately with intent, there are many ways consuming cannabis daily can fit into your health and wellness regimen. Here are a few:
Six Unexpected Benefits of Smoking Weed Daily
Despite its outdated reputation for decreasing motivation, modern research has suggested daily cannabis consumption may come with a several positive side effects. Also note, in today's world of legal cannabis actually "smoking" cannabis is no longer required. A wide variety of products make it possible to reap the benefits of smoking weed daily without really smoking anything at all.
Increased Lung Capacity
Inhaling hot smoke and burning embers is probably not the best form of medicating. Clearly, smoking anything certainly has the potential to cause damage to the lungs and esophagus, however, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows smoking weed may actually improve lung function rather than harm it. After following more than 5,000 people for 20 years, those who smoked cannabis showed an increased lung capacity, while tobacco smokers lost functionality. Additionally, another survey showed similar results when it found those who smoked weed daily for as long as 20 years showed no evidence of lung damage.
Weight and Blood Sugar Control
While one would assume smoking weed daily would contribute to an everlasting case of the munchies, studies show cannabis consumers are typically thinner, with a lower BMI and a healthier metabolism than non-consumers. Despite an increased calorie intake, marijuana smokers tend to process sugar better than non-smokers. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine reviewed data from more than 4,500 adult Americans, nearly 600 of whom admitted to being current marijuana consumers. Researchers concluded cannabis consumers metabolized sugars better and were typically thinner than those who didn't consume cannabis.
Endocannabinoid deficiency is a very real disorder. In fact, Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is a spectrum disorder, which has been linked to multiple ailments like irritable bowel syndrome, chronic migraines, and even fibromyalgia. The human body produces endocannabinoids much like it produces hormones and other signaling chemicals. Endocannabinoids are produced with a diet rich in Omega3 and Omega6, something the average American diet is shamefully lacking. Much like taking Vitamin C to help increase immunity, cannabinoid supplementation to benefit the endocannabinoid system may help treat and even prevent a plethora of common non-communicable diseases, which are resistant to more traditional treatment methods.
In today’s fast-paced society, stress and anxiety plague many people. While alcohol has been an acceptable way to burn off steam after a long day at work, many consumers are turning to cannabis instead. While a glass of wine may contain antioxidants, there are few additional benefits to daily alcohol consumption. Studies and anecdotal stories both suggest low doses of THC, combined with the calming effects of CBD, create powerful anti-anxiety effects. Plus, the euphoric effects created by THC can also help combat depression symptoms, which often coincide with chronic anxiety.
According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is reported by nearly one-third of adults today. Sleep plays an integral role in physical and mental health. A lack of sleep contributes to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sedation is a common effect from cannabis. A study from 2008 shows THC has the potential to reduce REM sleep, which means less dreaming and less tossing and turning. Cannabis has also been shown to treat sleep apnea.
Although cannabis may not be a fountain of youth, some research suggests the well-known anti-oxidant effects of cannabinoids may impact the aging process and reduce the signs of aging and other skin diseases. Additionally, THC has also been shown to improve brain function in older mice, both in their learning ability as well as in memory. This could lead to promising research for mental decline in aging adults.
Respect and Moderation
In general, over-indulging in anything can lead to negative results. Moderation is key whether you're talking about daily cannabis consumption or something else, like daily calorie intake. Even too much exercise can become a problem when it's done in excess. Many consumers who consume cannabis daily use a method called "micro-dosing" or taking small doses periodically throughout the day, rather than consuming large doses occasionally. The general idea is to maintain a regular supply of cannabinoids without an overwhelming cerebral effect.
Learning how to manipulate cannabis to achieve health and wellness goals is a journey in understanding how to harness the power of the plant. However, through understanding the effects of cannabis, learning how to avoid the pitfalls, and respecting the nature of the plant, many consumers in legal cannabis states are uncovering a wide array of benefits of smoking weed daily.