DOES SMOKING MARIJUANA MAKE YOU SMARTER
It was once believed that marijuana was a gateway to idiocy. Some people were of the opinion that no matter how much potential a person had when he or she landed on this planet, smoking pot was the one sure-fire way to drag them down the burned-out rabbit hole where they would be doomed to spend the rest of their days acting like Beavis and Butthea
But science has since proven that marijuana does not make people stupid. It actually does the complete opposite. Although it might be a bit controversial to say that marijuana makes people smarter, it does appear to increase awareness and open the doors of perception.
Cannabis users are typically more health conscious than non-users. Many of them have used pot to lose weight, fight eating disorders and even unleash themselves from the grips of alcohol and drug addiction. But it goes deeper.
Some studies have shown that people living in legal states are now using pot as an alternative to prescription drugs. There is even evidence that the federal legalization of marijuana could help dig the United States out of the pits of opioid addiction – a scourge that is killing tens of thousands of people every year.
It stands to reason that if cannabis users are making better choices with respect to their overall health that they are first getting educated about the science of the plant. Although there is a limited amount of research out there proving that marijuana is a definitive treatment for all of the ailments that people purport it to be, there are a number of respected studies showing that cannabis has several therapeutic benefits.
One study published last year the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found evidence that cannabis could help with chronic pain and other conditions. Of course, it was soon after this research was published that data began to surface showing that prescription painkillers sales were down in states with medical marijuana laws on the books.
Even U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions admits that marijuana may have some medicinal value. “There are credible scientific studies that show where medical marijuana is legal, opioid overdose deaths have gone down,” Sessions said earlier last week.
People interested in how cannabis might be able to improve their overall health and well being will also start looking in to why this plant is still mostly illegal in the United States. This means getting in touch with the history of marijuana prohibition. It is at this point that they will learn how it is one of the biggest scams in of the 20th Century – one that is racial charged and still contributing to hundreds of thousands of arrests every year. They’ll also see that very little is being done in Congress to change the situation. Marijuana may not make people smarter, but it has never contributed to the dumping down of society either. If this were the case, the herb would not have made the progress it has over the past few decades. But, are there 10 ways cannabis can make you smarter?
The reported research, a rare study on people, found that regular cannabis use will increase the brain’s connectivity as its volume shrinks. It also concluded that prolonged use (3 doses per day) would degrade the brain’s wiring.
The Washington Post points out how the limited number research studies have contradicted each other in methods and conclusions. So, you must ask if this dismisses long held beliefs that cannabis makes you smarter.
1. Health awareness — Light or moderate cannabis use supports your health. Approached the right way, use will make you more aware of health issues. Research has shown correlation between light and moderate cannabis use with weight loss, eating disorders, chronic pain, involuntary muscle spasms, and medical problems.
2. Gateway to sobriety — Cannabis use provides an effective alternative to harder drugs and alcohol. Conscientiously used, cannabis can be a gateway to health for people with dependencies and addictions.
3. Mind expanding — Cannabis will open your mind with a changed look at your emotional states, your environment, and creative potential. There is something positive in experiencing a high in sensory perception that can open your social experience to input from and appreciation for others.
4. Science studies — Use expands your education in the science of the cannabis brain/body chemistry. It teaches you more about the origin, composition, and application of cannabis. And, you learn what and how to optimize the positive effects and reduce the negatives.
5. Politics and the law — Using puts you in a class of advocates who must understand the laws that manage or enable your rights to consumer. It may or may not make you an activist, but sensible cannabis use will put you in touch with political and legal issues.
6. Dismiss distractions — Selecting the right cannabis strain and dosage will dismiss distractions to allow fuller focus on detailed assignments school and work tasks. It may take some trial, error, and advice, but you can find the cannabis appropriate for your needs.
7. Creative artist — The correlation between artists and cannabis use suggests that it contributes to their creativity. Musicians, writers, and painters have a tradition of use, but no research has shown a casual connection. Nonetheless, it does appear to relieve inhibitions, relax tensions, and alter sensory experience. All of these are conditions to better intellectual and creative work.
8. Brain cells — THC may be the culprit in any proven brain damage. CBD, on the other hand, improves cellular neurogenesis, refreshing and multiplying brain cells. And, this may be the essence of its beneficial effects.
9. Sleep better — The CBD affects and facilitates the rejuvenating sleep that contributes to better brain and body health. Sleep refreshes all systems including the extensive endocannabinoid system.
10. Cost conscious — The black market and legal market price cannabis differently. Either way, it can be an expensive habit, expensive enough to make you shop and budget smartly.
Can cannabis make you smarter?
Frankly, the research jury is out. Some research supports the claim dramatically. Some counter the claim. And, until research is free to chase its interests in cannabis, the confusion will continue.
Still, there is much you can infer from what is known. For ages, cannabis has enhanced human experience for the most part. It has been trusted to help people with emotional problems and distracted thinking.
It has facilitated the work of intellectuals, writers, and artists. And, it has proven effective in treating brain-centric problems like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. So, no one questions that cannabis has direct and indirect effects on the brain and body.
That same ages old experience tells us that overuse and misuse risk damage to brain and body systems. When use violates the natural synergy between cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, the use will damage the extensive and complex human brain/body balances.
The science does not fully support claims that use will increase the IQ. There is evidence it may shrink brain mass and, subsequently, increase its connectivity. But, the powers-that-be have not facilitated the research necessary to connect frequency of use, THC: CBD content, and dosage size with incremental changes in the brain.
Complicating the problem presented by the lack of research is uncertainty on how intelligence is measured. Cognition, processing, creativity, comprehension, retention — these are all metrics that lack definition and testing criteria.
So, moderate use of CBD-dominant strains appears to enhance human physical and mental acuity. It relaxes, clarifies, and calms, a positive condition for thought and intellectual work. The regular or frequent use of THC-dominant strains excite psycho-activity. While this can expand intelligent and emotional perception, it may also leave cellular debris. Occasional use or light dosage of the same THC strains may very well invigorate thought processes and alter perception enough to produce the energy needed to pursue intelligent work.
It would, then, seem that occasional to moderate use of cannabis will facilitate the conditions that invite and encourage intellectual activities and growth. At the same time, excessive and prolonged use may damage and disable that potential.