Let’s talk about why cannabis is going mainstream. Once deemed by some as a pastime for lazy, reckless degenerates, cannabis use is rapidly becoming more acceptable in American society. In fact, CNN recently reported that one in eight American adults admit they had smoked pot and up to 60 percent support legalization of marijuana. So, how did this herb lose its bad rap?
From Movies to Medicine, Here are 30 Reasons why why Cannabis is Going Mainstream
1. Marijuana Relieves Nausea
One of the main reasons why cannabis is going mainstream is that it has been extremely successful in relieving nausea in cancer patients, which is a common side effect of chemotherapy.
2. Famous People Admit They Smoke
We’re not just talking legendary stoners Cheech and Chong or Snoop here. Everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Martha Stewart have publicly admitted to being avid pot smokers.
3. You Can’t Overdose on Weed
You may think having a large amount of THC in your system will kill you, but according to the recent DEA report, not one single account of death from overdose has been recorded.
4. Half of Americans Have Tried Marijuana
A recent Gallup poll estimates nearly half of Americans have smoked pot in their lives.
5. Cannabis is Safer Than Alcohol
Per the CDC, drinking alcohol was responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths each year in United States between 2006-2010 — compared to cannabis, which had zero. This is another key reason why cannabis is going mainstream.
6. Pot and the POTUS
A far cry from the “I didn’t Inhale” days of yesteryear, former President Obama has openly admitted to using marijuana in the past.
7. It Can be a Safe Alternative to Medications
The CDC reports that legal pharmaceutical drugs kill more people annually than all illegal drugs combined – which may be why marijuana goes mainstream and many turn to medicinal marijuana to treat everything from chronic pain to cancer.
8. Marijuana is Good for Mental Health
Looking for some peace and tranquility in your life? You may just need a little cannabis in your life. In addition to easing stress, studies show that cannabis decreases anxiety and helps you relax.
9. Cannabis Fights Cancer
A large body of research points to cannabis as effective in killing cancer cells in more ways than one, from halting metastasis to triggering cell suicide.
10. It’s Good for the Economy
Cannabis could give a huge boost to the economy with CNN estimating it could bring in $21 billion by 2020 if there was nationwide legalized marijuana.
11. It’s Better Than Opioids
One 2014 study found that opioid fatalities were down 25 percent in states where cannabis has been regulated for medicinal use.
12. Your Grandparents May Be Stoners
You know marijuana goes mainstream when your parents are rolling up. Baby boomers grew up in a time when the use of cannabis was quite common, which may be why over half of this generation is in favor of legalization, says a 2015 Pew poll.
13. It Can Help HIV Patients
It’s probably not surprising that smoking cannabis can make you hungry, which may help with people who have loss of appetite due to diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
14. Cannabis is Good for the Skin
CBD oil may be the latest and greatest cure for people suffering from acne breakouts by reducing oil in the pores.
15. More Interest in Alternative Medicine
According to experts, a third of Americans are turning to alternative medicine for their health needs — which may explain why cannabis is becoming more acceptable.
16. It Brings People Together
If you ever smoked weed with others, then you probably agree that there’s nothing better to bring folks together than a good ole fashion smoke sesh.
17. Cannabis Sparks Creativity
The CBD found in cannabis is known to boost creativity – which may be why musicians like John Legend and Carlos Santana have been long time supports of cannabis legalization.
18. There Are New Ways to Use Cannabis
From edibles to dabbing, there’s a wide array of smoke-less ways to reap the benefits of cannabis.
19. Marijuana in the Movies
From American Beauty to Pineapple Express, cannabis is making more appearances in blockbuster movies – and according to ticket sales – most people must not mind.
20. It Can Actually Help the Brain
Some evidence suggests that marijuana can help heal the brain after a concussion or other traumatic injury.
21. Pot Mat Treat PTSD
Also approved to treat PTSD in some states already, PTSD is actually the number one reason for people to get a license for medical marijuana in New Mexico. This is a huge reason why cannabis is going mainstream.
22. It’s More Accessible Than Ever
With pot legal in states such as California, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine, more and more people are willing and able to partake.
23. Marijuana Helps Productivity
If you ever felt super productive at work after smoking, it may be due to the CBD which studies suggest helps you to feel inspired and energetic
24. Eases Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis, found a 2012 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
25. You’ll Sleep Better
Indica strains are called “in-da-couch” for a reason. Not only can they help you relax, but some say consuming Indica cannabis aids in a better night’s rest, too.
26. Cannabis Can Actually Improve Your Lungs
According to research published in Journal of the American Medical Association, marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity.
27. Marijuana May Fight Alzheimer’s
One 2006 study found that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
28. Good for the Gut
For the millions that suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, research says cannabis may ease symptoms.
29. Cannabis Can Keep You Trim
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine suggested that weed smokers are not only skinnier than the average person, but they also have a healthier metabolism.
30. Pot Treats Parkinson’s Symptoms
Recent research shows that smoking cannabis significantly reduces symptoms for Parkinson’s disease patients, including reducing pain and tremors.
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