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10 Top Positive Effects of Legalizing Cannabis

In America, cannabis for medical or recreational use is legal to buy in 11 states, now including Illinois. In a total of 33 states, it’s legal to use cannabis for medical use. 

Researchers continue to conduct studies on the effects of cannabis on both our health and our economy. As the data rolls in, the benefits of cannabis become apparent.

Do you want to learn more about the positive effects of legalizing cannabis? If so, keep reading to discover what the potential benefits of legal cannabis are on our health and economy.

1. Medical Marijuana May Help With Chronic Pain

In 2016, over 20 percent of American adults reported they had chronic pain. According to that same CDC report, chronic pain is one of the main reasons that people seek medical care.

Chronic pain can limit a person’s mobility and ability to perform daily tasks. Many people dealing with chronic pain say that it affects their life at home and at work.

According to a recent study on why people use medical marijuana, over 62 percent said they used it to treat chronic pain. In states where it’s illegal to use medical marijuana, many people struggle to find relief for their enduring pain.

2. It Might Help Reduce Addictions and Opioid Deaths

Some people use prescription painkillers to find pain relief, but the problem with opioids is that they’re addictive. They work by reducing the perception of pain in the brain and producing a euphoric effect.

Some people build up a tolerance to these drugs and need to take more to achieve the same effects. This can lead to addiction and potentially overdosing.

In the United States, experts agree that we’re in the middle of an opioid epidemic. It’s so bad that over 10 million Americans over the age of 12 misused opioids in 2018 alone.

But researchers are now examining the links between states that have legalized cannabis and a decrease in opioid deaths.

Cannabis is also arguably less dangerous than other substances like alcohol. Over 15 million adults in the United States had an alcohol use disorder. That’s an estimated 6.2 percent of people.

3. CBD Helps Epilepsy Patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of a medication called Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a cannabidiol (CBD) solution meant to help reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome.

Evidence from clinical studies and reports suggest that CBD may help reduce the severity or frequency of seizures.

4. People With Anxiety, Depression, or Stress Can Find Relief

According to this Science Direct study, participants reported an 89.3 percent reduction in their depression symptom ratings. According to that same data, anxiety rates went down in 93.5 percent of tracked sessions.

The two major components of cannabis, CBD and THC, can affect your mood. Take a look at any dispensary menu and you’ll see certain strains meant to help you relax.

Both CBD and THC interact with the system in our brains responsible for regulating our moods. That’s why certain strains can have a relaxing effect, which may help with feelings of stress or anxiety. Some people say this feeling of relaxation is one of the best reasons to smoke cannabis.

5. It Helps Cancer Patients

People undergoing chemotherapy treatment often suffer from nausea and pain but one of the benefits of cannabis is its ability to ease these symptoms.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking cannabis may help with side effects of cancer chemotherapy, mainly nausea and vomiting.

Legalizing cannabis could make it easier for these patients to get access to medical marijuana.

6. Legal Cannabis Contributes to the Economy

Legalizing cannabis contributes to the economy by increasing tax revenue. In Nevada alone, the cannabis industry has contributed over $100 million in tax revenue from the last fiscal year.

And according to a report by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, global sales from legal cannabis are expected to surpass $40 billion by the year 2024.

7. Legalizing Cannabis Creates More Jobs

According to New Frontier Data, the number of jobs in the legal cannabis market could surge to 743,000 by 2025. And if cannabis is ever approved on the federal level, the number of jobs could rise even higher.

There are a variety of jobs in the cannabis industry suitable for people with different skills. From running cultivation to working as a budtender, there are many different job opportunities linked to legal cannabis.

8. There Would Be More Investment Opportunities

According to The Motley Fool, acquisition is one of the best ways to grow in the cannabis industry. But right now, it’s difficult for investors to support the industry because cannabis is still illegal on the federal level. That makes investing in the industry costly.

Legalizing cannabis would allow investors with acquired companies to ship their products across state lines. This would make it easier and cheaper for companies to expand because they wouldn’t need to set up operations in different states.

Right now, it seems like federal legalization is a long way off. The more states that legalize cannabis, the more likely investors are to consider supporting the cannabis industry.

9. It Boosts Tourism in States Where Cannabis Is Legal

One of many pros is that it attracts people that want to try legal cannabis for the first time.

Many of these people travel to states where it’s legal to do so. Because of this, states that have legalized cannabis have significantly boosted their tourism rates.

Cannabis tourism is sweeping the nation and many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the opportunities presented.

10. Legalizing Cannabis Helps the Real Estate Market

Not only does legalizing cannabis boost tourism, but it also helps the real estate market as well. Home prices often go up in areas where cannabis has been legalized, which is good news for the real estate market in that area.

According to a study from Clever Real Estate, residential property values in Denver have gone up since retail dispensaries opened. Almost 68 percent, to be exact.

The Positive Effects of Legalizing Cannabis Mean a Bright Future for the Cannabis Industry

These are only a few of the many positive effects of legalizing cannabis in the United States. As researchers continue to discover potential cannabis health benefits and the cannabis industry brings in millions in tax revenue, more people are considering the industry’s potential.

Thinking about visiting Las Vegas and trying legal cannabis for yourself? Before your trip, be sure to read our guide on cannabis in Las Vegas to make the most of your vacation.

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The Newest Weed Strains to Try in 2020

If 2019 taught us anything, it’s that the marijuana business is growing along with its variety of top marijuana strains.

Illinois became the eleventh state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes in January. Many other states changed laws concerning marijuana and the workplace, making developments that erred on the side of leniency and acceptance.

And a handful of others—Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and several more—are geared towards legalization in 2020.

With these developments come new varietals as technology grows and stigmas lessen. Cultivators are crossing bud types left and right, producing fantastic new strains that harness some new favorites.

So, if you happen to hit up a dispensary this year, here are a few new and classic stand-out strains to keep an eye out for!

Hybrids

Hybrids are arguably some of the most popular varietals out there, as they’re handcrafted by growers to produce unique flavors and effects.

This can be anything from reducing anxiety to easing adverse symptoms of chemotherapy

Hybrids are a combination of Indica and Sativa—the THC content and levels of Indica vs. Sativa vary from strain to strain. Your Thrive budtender will be happy to explain what the expected effects are.

Here are some great hybrids to look out for in 2020.

Sour Banana Sherbert

The Green & Gold Sour Banana Sherbert strain is a sweet bud that produces equal feelings of relaxation and euphoria or creativity.

This strain sits at about 27% THC, making this a heavy hitter. The hybrid strain is a cross between sour diesel and banana sherbert, which creates a unique aroma, flavor, and feeling.

Animal Cookies

This hybrid strain is a cross between GSC x Fire OG, producing a pleasant, body-melting head high that helps alleviate depression, headaches, and body pain.

This strain is about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

Dream Queen

Here we have a 19.8% THC level.

Dream Queen by Matrix is a combination of Blue Dream and Space Queen.

If you like a musky, fruity, and earthy bud—this strain’s for you. Feel like your flying among the stars with its euphoric and spacey cerebral effect. 

Indicas

Indica strains produce those feel-good, cozy effects. This makes Indica buds intensely relaxing, helping to increase appetite while lowering pain levels or feelings of nausea. The following are some stand-out Indicas of 2020.

Irene

This beautiful purple bud is very soothing and sits at a THC level of almost 23%.

Expect your classic physical and mental relaxation with this strain. It also has the added benefit of being an excellent mood enhancer.

Banana OG

This 24% THC strain is an indicant-dominant hybrid of OG Kush x Banana.

This “creeper” (meaning, the effects set in a while after the first hit) deserves its name, as its aroma resembles yummy over-ripe bananas. Careful of overdoing it, as its effects will sneak up on you—leaving you every bit as comatose as one might expect from a potent Indica.

Try this if you are looking for pain relief, appetite stimulation, or a night of restful sleep.

Black Mamba

The strain sits at about 23.62% THC and 0.03% CBD.

Its flavor can be described as fruity, skunky, and sweet—a yummy cross of classic Indica flavors.

Try it in the nighttime, as its effects are relaxing and sleepy while offering pain relief and euphoria.

Sativas

Sativas often, but not always, have higher levels of THC with lower levels of CBD.

This potent mix produces a “mind high” that’s uppity, exciting, and energizing.

A Sativa’s effect helps you feel creative and productive instead of overly relaxed. That’s why Sativas are an excellent daytime option, as they stave off lethargic feelings while promoting an upbeat high.

Here are some 2020 go-to’s.

Mimosa

This higher-level THC strain sits at about 23% THC with 0.04% CBD.

It’s a beautiful high, offering feelings of alertness, energy, and euphoria. This makes it a perfect daytime strain, as any great Sativa should be.

Mimosa has won many Cannabis Cups, making it a significant player into 2020 as well.

This trending Sativa is a cross of Clementine x Purple Punch—which makes its flavor an exciting mix of Hawaiian Punch with citrus. 

If you want to stay clear-headed and focused, this strain’s for you. Expect pleasant anxiety relief, too.

Snow Dawg

This strain’s THC level sits a little lower, at about 20.23%.

It’s also its own complex mix of strains. The formula comes down to (Chem Sister x Sagarmatha’s Bubbleberry) x (Mass. Super Skunk x Oregon Sno). Try and keep that straight!

However, the name Snow Dawg or G6 is good enough for your local budtenders, who will hook you up with this excellent strain from the notorious Chemdawg family. 

It’s both fruity and citrusy, and most people choose it for its relief of stress and tension. It’s also a great daytime strain, reducing social anxieties, work pressures, or life stressors.

Candyland

Don’t let the name fool you—this strain is more hard-hitting than one might think!

Candyland is a Sativa with about 22% THC. Its flavors are classic Sativa—sweet and citrusy—with just the effects you might hope for: daytime alertness, feel-good happiness, and a burst of energy.

It’s a potent, California-bred strain that mixes Granddaddy Purple x Bay Area Platinum Cookies. If you love the taste of pink lemonade, you’ll love the taste of this bud. 

Try it out if you’re looking for a creative, social strain that doesn’t keep you glued to the couch.

Enjoy These Top Marijuana Strains!

This list is certainly not exhaustive—the year is young, and there’s much more cannabis greatness to come in 2020.

If you’re in the Las Vegas or Reno area and looking for some of these top marijuana strains, swing by one of our four Thrive locations.

We offer a variety of fantastic deals every single day with our Thrive Daily Deals. Come get your edibles, concentrates, flower, and pre-rolls at your one-stop cannabis dispensary.

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