Is Weed Healthy for You?
It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the medicinal benefits of cannabis. The fact that over two-thirds of states have adopted a medical marijuana program, despite it being federally illegal, has been setting straight decades of harmful marijuana propaganda. Weed has been found to have therapeutic and medicinal benefits for those with the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Intractable migraines
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other debilitating psychiatric disorders
- Sickle cell disease
- Terminal illness
- Any chronic condition treated with a medication that could lead to dependence
- Chronic conditions causing severe, persistent pain, or muscle spasms including:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s syndrome
Can You Smoke and Still Be Healthy?
Many health-conscious individuals often face the question “Can you smoke weed and still be healthy?” The fact of the matter is that smoking is not healthy. Period. Burning any substance, be it cigarettes, cigars, leaves, flowers, blunts, or joints, and then inhaling the smoke causes harm to your body and negatively affects your lungs and circulatory system at the very least.
What is the Healthiest Way To Smoke Weed?
For many medical marijuana patients or recreational adult-users, smoking weed is the only way they know to administer their medicine. If smoking is your preferred method, there are some things that you can do to minimize the negative effects of smoking.
- Use Water Pipes — using a bong or bubbler to smoke pot can filter out some of the carcinogens present in marijuana smoke, cooling down the temperature causing less heat damage to the lungs. For additional relief, try dropping a few ice cubes inside your bong.
- Use Glass Pipes — using glassware to smoke your weed is definitely preferable over some other materials, such as aluminum or plastic, which can pass along some unwanted byproducts at high temperatures.
- Keep Your Gear Clean –You can cut down on the chance of inhaling carcinogens by keeping your smoking gear nice and clean, regularly applying isopropyl alcohol to clear any resin or otherwise.
Healthy Ways To Get High: What is the Healthiest Alternative to Smoking?
- Vaporizing — by not raising the temperature of cannabis oil to the point of burning, you can get virtually identical benefits of smoking with a much lower risk of carcinogen exposure.
- Edibles/Cooking with Cannabis — isolating cannabinoids from raw cannabis to be consumed in edibles is a very popular way to get the medicinal benefits without any harmful side effects
- Tinctures — extracted from cannabis, tinctures are alcohol-based and are generally found in small bottles with droppers. You can add drops of cannabis tincture into your drink or be taken sublingually, which is to say under your tongue. This method also provides no aroma, so the smell won’t be of concern!
- Topicals — the curative effects of cannabis beyond its psychoactive effects are well documented. Look no further than your corner CBD shop to see the benefits of one particular—cannabidiol. When applied topically, both THC and CBD can have incredible pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory capabilities.