It's a question that many people have always asked themselves: Is marijuana healthy or not? There's a major misconception and an ongoing debate about marijuana, with some people believing the stuff is the devil's lettuce, while others say it helps balance them out and relax by calming nerves and anxiety.
We all know many states of legalized weed, with others allowing it for medical purposes, but is marijuana healthy or not? Well, with so many different views, we figured the best thing to do would be to reach out to cannabis industry experts to get their professional opinions, offering up marijuana facts that will help us solve this debate once and for all!
There are plenty of other marijuana facts we've had a variety of industry experts answer before — like the surprising benefits of smoking it and tips on how to make money off of it — but this underlying question about marijuana health benefits is one we need to know the answer to! So, from the mouths of the pros, here's what they had to tell us.
“Stress exacerbates the top six killers of people in America today and Americans are more stressed than any generation before. Cannabis is one of the safest ways for adults to relax and reduce stress. As more Americans in regulated recreational markets discover safe cannabis consumption, I predict an increase in how many people incorporate cannabis into their lifestyle as a homeopathic, all-natural remedy for stress.” — Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products
"The numerous benefits of cannabis have been demonstrated and well-documented for years, even decades. Consuming marijuana can help, for instance, with relaxing or sleeping. Various consumption methods like edibles can also help with longer-lasting bio-availability and more spread-in-time effects. In any circumstance, cannabis should be used with caution and, if possible, guided by a physician." — Alexander Aksenov, CEO of The Blinc Group
"If I am generalizing over the industry, the top 3 reasons people use cannabis I would say is recreational use, creative inspiration, and medicinal applications. But there are a lot more specific reasons people can use cannabis and it varies greatly per individual as everyone’s body has its own unique reaction. For myself, the number one reason I use cannabis is to turn my brain off at night. Running BurnTV and essentially working all hours of the day and never really having an off day, my mind can be very busy at night. So smoking some at night once my work is done really helps to “turn off” the noise and allow myself to sleep better and be ready for the next day. My 2nd reason would be as a recreational alternative to alcohol to relax when out with friends on the weekends, basically sparing myself any potential hangover from alcohol consumption by having just a drink or two and complimenting it with cannabis. And the third top reason for me is an alternative to things like ibuprofen when my back is hurting, especially if I had a long day at my desk." — Jason Santos, CEO of BurnTV
“First, it's fun to smoke cannabis before going to a movie or attending a concert because the right strain enhances that experience. Second, the right strain of cannabis can enhance your sports acumen. For example, I'll smoke strawberry cough when I play golf. It keeps me focused and some of my lowest scoring rounds are attributed to smoking that strain. Third, since we are talking about using cannabis to enhance experiences, I believe the #1 use of cannabis for pure enjoyment is to combine it with your sexual activities. The right strain elevates your sex to great heights.” — Mike Weiss, President/Founder of Cannacopia
“From a medical perspective, cannabis is plant-based medicine that can replace most of your medicine cabinet. From aches and pains to headaches- taking typical OTCs like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can wreak havoc on your body. Read the fine print: use can result in liver damage and ulcers (which means taking more medication and likely more havoc). Cannabis is all natural and won't ruin your stomach lining. Beyond this, peer-reviewed evidence shows that cannabis can help with insomnia, anxiety, energy- it can protect your brain and your sex life. With the amount of innovation in this space, we hope to see the traditional medicine cabinet transform with more effective plant-based remedies.” — Lisa Harun, Co-Founder of Vapium
“Throughout mankind’s history, the two most commonly accepted forms of adult social interaction have been drinking and smoking. That said, the primary driver behind the creation of Keef was to create a viable healthy alternative to beer and alcohol.” — Erik Knutson, CEO of CanCore Concepts, Inc.
"There are so many reasons to consume cannabis, but my favorites are to relax after a long day's work, to improve recovery times in between workouts, and to help stimulate my appetite. If it is competition season, then I like to consume cannabis before jiu jitsu tournaments to give me the best chance at victory by putting me into flow state. The most important thing about cannabis consumption is to do it in a safe and healthy way, either edibles or vaporizers are the way to go." — Seibo Shen, Founder & CEO of VapeXhale
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