Weed gets a lot of hype from all angles. Some people think its’ some sort of devil plant sent here to plague humanity. Others see it as a miracle plant capable of curing every ailment and fixing every problem. Regardless where you stand on the question, there are definitely a lot of good reasons to smoke weed. Here are 24 of the best reasons why you should be smoking more weed.
24. No More Headaches
Headaches are one of the most commonly experienced health problems.
And when you have a bad one it can seriously derail your day. The best way to treat headaches is to avoid getting them altogether.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what smoking weed does.
According to researchers at the University of Colorado, cannabis can help decrease the likelihood and frequency of headaches and migraines.
After testing people who regularly get headaches, these researchers noticed big drops in those who puffed a little green.
23. Manage Body Weight
This one may seem counterintuitive, since getting high actually makes you want to eat tons and tons of food.
But as it turns out, smoking weed may help you manage your body weight.
Last year, researchers reported that people who regularly use marijuana have lower body mass indexes (BMI) than people who don’t.
In the study, women who smoked every day had average BMIs 3.1% lower than women who didn’t smoke.
And for men, those who puffed regularly had average BMIs that were 2.7% lower than men who don’t partake.
22. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smoke weed it opens up your blood vessels. And when that happens, blood starts pumping through body more freely.
The end result of this process is lower blood pressure.
Lowering your blood pressure carries a bunch of important health benefits.
Among others, it can help you avoid developing heart problems, reduce your risk of having a stroke, improve your vision, and boost your overall kidney health.
So go ahead and puff away. Your body will thank you for it.
21. Experience Music Like Never Before
Listening to music while stoned is one of the purest pleasures of smoking weed.
Whether you’re toking at a live concert or passing a J while pumping tunes in your living room, your entire experience of listening to music is elevated.
A lot of it has to do with the way that cannabis heightens your sense perception.
It also has to do with the kind of mindset a good high puts you in.
The combination of it all is a powerfully uplifting, creative, intense experience. Smoking weed helps get into music like never before.
20. Things Smell Better When You’re High
Back in 2014, scientists did an interesting experiment involving cannabis and mice.
One of the things they noticed was that it stimulated the animals’ sense of smell.
Smell is a powerful sensation. For starters, it’s directly linked to how we taste food.
This is partly why food also tastes so damn good when you’re stoned.
But beyond that, smell also has powerful links to how we form memory and how we experience the world in general. When you smoke weed, you may very well be elevating your entire sensory experience.
19. It Helps Treat Glaucoma
It’s a well established medical fact that cannabis can help treat the symptoms of glaucoma.
And the reason why has everything to do with cannabis’s effects on our blood vessels.
When you smoke weed, your blood vessels dilate. That means they get bigger, and this in turn allows blood to flow more freely.
One of the things this increased blood flow does is relieve the painful pressure that builds up in the eyes of glaucoma patients.
Scientists have found that smoking weed can decrease intraocular pressure by as much as 25%.
18. It Sparks Creativity
Numerous artists have linked their creative brilliance to weed. For many people, the relaxed, less inhibited mental state weed provides lets them tap into new levels of unfettered creativity.
The only challenge when it comes to researching this is that creativity is a difficult thing to measure concretely.
But what we do know is that many of the cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with and stimulate different parts of the brain. This increases the flow of certain hormones and triggers increased activity.
All of this may be responsible for the free flow of ideas that make us feel like we’re tapping into new levels of creativity.
The best way to find out if weed makes you more creative is to give it a shot. Next time you get high write a poem or compose a song. See what happens when you let your mind roam free.
17. You’ll Sleep Better
Weed can help you sleep better in two important ways.
The first is that it helps people fall asleep. This makes weed a good treatment for insomnia.
But the story doesn’t end there. After you’re asleep, cannabis actually helps you get longer periods of deep sleep.
And since deep sleep is associated with a number of physical and mental health benefits, getting more deep sleep can be a powerful thing.
The researchers who discovered all this also added a little caveat. At the same time that smoking weed helps you fall asleep better and get longer periods of deep sleep, it also decreases the time you spend in the REM phase.
16. Mellow Out
Weed is known for producing mellowing, calming, uplifting effects.
And that’s why it can be a great option for people who experience anxiety or various mood disorders.
But it’s also effective for lower stakes situations. Smoking weed helps take the edge off after a hard day. It helps mellow you out after a stressful or overly exciting day as well.
And the best part of all is that it’s a completely natural way to mellow yourself out.
So next time you’re feeling stressed, bummed out, or ramped up, cool off and mellow out with a little sticky-icky.
15. Laugh It Off
One of the pleasant side effects of smoking weed is a generally elevated mood.
The sense of happiness and calm weed produces can lead to a state known to many pot enthusiasts as “the gigglies.”
This is basically when things seem so damn funny that you can’t help laughing at everything around you. And once you start, you just can’t stop.
All that laughing actually makes things even better and even funnier. It fuels the whole cycle.
For the most part, laughing your head off about everything is a good thing. The only thing you really have to worry about is looking like a weirdo.
14. Weed Can Help Heal Broken Bones
Here’s a cool reason you should smoke more weed: cannabis helps your body produce the stuff that bones are made out of.
In 2015, a group of scientists at Tel Aviv University tested weed on a group of rats that had broken legs.
After eight weeks, the rats that had consumed cannabis showed marked improvements over those that hadn’t.
The researchers concluded that CBD stimulates the growth of certain collagens. And collagens play a key role in bone health.
Forget drinking milk to get strong bones. Smoke weed instead.
13. Weed Helps Keep Your Brain Young
The classic stereotype about smoking weed is that it makes you forgetful, slow, and dumb.
But far from becoming braindead, it turns out that cannabis may help keep your brain young.
There have been a number of studies that point to this phenomenon.
To summarize what these various experiments found, it appears that THC does a lot of things once it hits the brain. And many of them help the brain maintain good overall health.
For example, THC can reduce brain inflammation. It can also help remove the plaque that contributes to Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases.
12. Fight Off Pain
Cannabis can be a powerful painkiller. And it can be especially effective at treating chronic aches and pains.
Recently, scientists discovered that men may get slightly more pain relief from smoking weed than women.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not effective for women.
In fact, many women say it helps with menstrual cramps. There are even cannabis products designed specifically for that purpose.
Whether you’ve got an isolated day of pain, or you’re dealing with long-lasting aches, smoking weed can be a great way to feel better. And, unlike many pharmaceutical painkillers, cannabis is natural, safe, and won’t get you addicted.
11. Things Taste Better
Earlier we said that smoking weed heightens your sense of smell.
Well guess what? That also means that things will taste better when you’re high.
Your sense of smell plays a key role in how you experience taste. So it makes sense that when things smell better, they’ll probably taste better too.
That pattern is exactly what scientists observed when they tested to see how cannabis would affect hungry mice.
Smoking weed is the perfect recipe for your next culinary adventure. Get high, get the munchies, and enjoy the heightened sense of taste weed gives you.
10. Get Focused And Energized
Smoking weed has a shockingly wide range of effects on people.
Certain strains make you sleepy and can help you fight off insomnia.
But other strains, most notably any sort of sativa strain, have the opposite effect.
A good sativa can be the perfect boost when you need help getting through a long day. Sativas primarily affect your mind.
They produce energizing, uplifting effects that can actually help you get focused and productive. And if you’re facing an especially difficult challenge, sativa strains can also give you a boost of creative thinking to help you come up with new solutions.
9. Fight Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can become extremely painful and in some cases debilitating.
And one of the big challenges for those with this condition is that there aren’t many treatment options.
Fortunately, researchers have found that cannabis may be an effective way to treat this condition.
A 2014 study found that cannabis can help people with joint pain in a number of different ways.
Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help regulate pain, decrease inflammation, and provide joint support.
8. Colors Are More Vibrant
When you get high, you enter a heightened state of sensory perception.
We’ve already talked about how that affects the way you experience smell and taste. But for many smokers, it also impacts their experience of color.
Smoking weed may open you up to a greater sensitivity to light and color.
During particularly intense highs, the entire thing can become a borderline psychedelic trip.
A lot of it could depend on the strain you’re smoking. Strong sativas could make you more sensitive to these kinds of experiences since they typically impact your cerebral functions.
7. Be More Productive
If you choose the right strain, you may find yourself becoming more focused and more productive.
Sativa strains make great choices for a mid-day or afternoon smoke.
That’s because the increased sense of energy, creativity, and focus they provide can help give you a much-needed boost to get through your day.
But don’t rule out indicas. The right strain, consumed in the right way, could help you become more productive by helping you relax and calm down.
And then there are always hybrids. If you find the perfect hybrid that gives you the right balance of energizing focus and relaxation, it could be the ideal recipe for increased productivity.
6. Increased Appetite
When you smoke weed you get the munchies. You want to eat everything and anything in sight.
And then you want to go back for seconds.
Here’s why: When you smoke weed, the THC triggers neurotransmitters in your brain.
Some of them are in charge of signaling to your body when you’re hungry and when you’re full. When these neurotransmitters interact with THC, they basically get tricked into thinking you’re always hungry.
The end result is an insatiable appetite. This aspect of marijuana means it could be effective in treating a variety of eating and digestive disorders.
5. Fight The Man
Cannabis is illegal in most places around the world.
And although eight states in the U.S. passed new legalization laws last year, the DEA still classifies it as a Schedule I banned substance.
Marijuana has been a key part in the War on Drugs. As a result, millions of people have been arrested and incarcerated.
And all for growing, possessing, selling, or using a plant. And not just any plant. A plant that many researchers and doctors think has a ton of positive health benefits.
For many folks in the cannabis community, this needs to change. And while the legislative fight continues, might as well light a bowl—just to stick it to the man.
4. Grow New Brain Cells
One of the fascinating things we’re learning about cannabis is that it may stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
Right off the bat, this demolishes the stereotypical image of the stupid pothead stoner.
But it also has significant health and medical implications.
So far, researchers think cannabis could be helpful in treating a number of brain disorders.
For example, cannabis helps remove the plaque that leads to Alzheimer’s. And it may help the brain heal from serious trauma and injury.
3. Have Better Sex
One of the best reasons you should smoke more weed is that it’ll help you have better sex.
When you’re high, you generally feel happier, calmer, and less inhibited. And those all help you get into the experience of having sex.
Smoking weed also stimulates your brain and heightens your sense perception. This increased sensitivity translates into mind blowing sexual sensations.
And in case you needed proof, check out the number of cannabis product designed specifically to enhance sex.
The Sexxpot strain was crafted to give women more intense orgasms. And experts have said that cannabis lubricants can improve sex.
2. You’ll Be Happier
If there’s one fundamental reason why you should smoke weed, it’s simply so you can be happier.
Cannabis produces feelings of calmness, euphoria, and joy. It helps calm you down and take the edge off.
Smoking weed can help you cope with stuff in your personal life.
And it’s just as effective at elevating social situations. No matter where you’re at—alone or with friends—smoking weed will help create an elevated mood.
Maybe if every person in the world started smoking weed a little more often, it’d be a happier and safer place for us all.
1. It’s Fun
After reading about all the research and all the medical benefits, there’s no shortage of reasons to start smoking a ton of weed.
But don’t get too bogged down in the science. Don’t lose sight of what really matters here.
Smoking weed and getting high is fun. Plain and simple.
Things seem better and life suddenly gets a little bit smoother when you’re sparking some trees.
There are enough problems you’ve got to deal with on a daily basis. Why not burn a little green and give yourself a one-way ticket to some enjoyment and fun?