More and more states are legalizing marijuana, both for medical and recreational use. The cannabis plant can have healing properties for a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the condition it is being used to treat. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, people have been using marijuana to treat aches and pains for over 3,000 years.

Here are some interesting health benefits of consuming marijuana, whether it is by a joint, bong, dab, or a Heady glass vape.

Makes chronic pain more manageable

Chronic pain symptoms can be life altering, and with more than 25 million Americans suffering every day, those affected are looking for new relief options.

Some have found comfort in marijuana. The active compound in marijuana, THC, works by blocking pain receptors in the brain which can help a person manage their suffering. This finding was discovered in a review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where over 10,000 scientific studies looked at the medical benefits of marijuana as a whole. As evident, those with chronic pain seem to benefit from the properties of this plant.

Boosts your appetite

Whether you are experiencing appetite loss resulting from sickness or specific medication, marijuana can help you feel hungry again. The appetite-inducing properties of marijuana, more commonly referred to as “the munchies,” can help those unable to consume food or hold down a meal to keep their nutritional intake on track. Just be sure to watch what you eat and to keep healthy snacks and meals readily available so that you don’t resort to junk or unhealthy foods.

Increases lung capacity

There is a misconception that just because you are smoking something, your lungs will suffer. However, when it comes to marijuana, there are no studies that show any adverse side effects to a person’s lungs. Actually, the opposite may be true, as there are some situations where smoking cannabis can increase lung capacity and help you breathe better.

Decreases anxiety

Marijuana is also known for its calming effects, which can be great for those who suffer from anxiety or anxious emotions. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that a lower dose of THC can reduce stress levels when consumed frequently.

It is important to note, however, that the study also found that consuming THC in higher doses can actually cause feelings of restlessness and anxiety, so it is always a good idea to have caution when you are trying this substance out for yourself, as depending on other factors, your experience can easily turn into a negative one.

Strengthens your immune system

There are specific chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, that play an important role in gut function and overall immune health. The human body creates their own THC-like compounds which increases the permeability of the intestines, allowing bacteria and other viruses to come in. Smoking marijuana, on the other hand, actually blocks these naturally produced compounds, thereby strengthening the intestinal cell bond.

Additionally, THC will work to boost your immune system from inside-out, working as an all-natural cold fighter.

Spurs creativity

Again, many people think that since their short-term memory is affected when high, marijuana has no cognitive benefits. This is wrong, as evidence shows positive brain activity in a few hours and days after smoking. There have been some studies conducted to look into how the brain functions before, after, and during a high, and scientists found that the brain tends to be more creative after consuming marijuana. This may be related to the fact that marijuana releases dopamine in the brain, which relaxes people and makes them feel more free-spirited and creative.

While the positive effects of marijuana tend to differ from person to person, marijuana can help you lead a pain-free life. If the substance is legal in your state and you believe you might benefit from its properties, get to experimenting and see if it works for you.