When discussing the positive effects of drugs on health, it is common to find oneself in a debate between those who advocate their use and those who do not.
mostly when we talk about substances that have a playful and recreational purpose, as is the case with marijuana.
Research on the effects of marijuana
In recent years, many studies have been carried out on this drug, and some claim it has benefits for our body. Supporters of this argument argue that this substance should be considered for the beneficial effects of its use as a medicine.
There is surely a deep moral debate about legalizing cannabis, however, it is clear that it can be good for some people. But … Be careful, this also has negative consequences! In this article, we will cover this topic: we will review the benefits of marijuana that have been scientifically proven and we will talk about some negative consequences of its use.
All that is said is not true
On issues like the one we are about to deal with, in which there are so many people who use this substance, it is normal for the public to take a position in favor of a standardized use of marijuana. To give an example, if you are a regular user of cannabis, you will logically defend its use and consumption, because it is a substance that you enjoy and with which you enjoy and spend your free time.
This means that we often hear opinions that do not enjoy scientific endorsement. and circulates a lot of misleading information on the net. This is why the benefits we will be counting on below are the result of some research.
Benefits of cannabis according to science
More and more countries are legalizing the use of this drug. Smoking a leek (also known colloquially: never or peta) is legally possible in 16 countries. A large part of the important reasons for consuming this substance is its therapeutic and medicinal use..
That’s why the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has reviewed over 10,000 research studies to really know the medical benefits of cannabis. The results were presented in a 400 page report.
This work categorizes the benefits of these cannabis studies into different categories: conclusive evidence, moderate evidence, and limited or no evidence. The most conclusive results indicate that marijuana is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, Reduce nausea after chemotherapy and reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Marijuana and Pain
The results therefore seem to indicate that marijuana is effective in treating pain. Particularly in the case of chronic pain, opiate narcotics such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone and methadone, which are highly addictive and to which patients can develop tolerance to their effects, are often used.
Although there are synthetic, non-addictive pain relievers (for example, paracetamol), they are not strong enough to relieve this type of pain, and some of these drugs pose a serious risk of liver damage in excessive doses.
It seems that smoking marijuana can completely eliminate the need for the most harmful drugs like opiate narcotics.
Other benefits of marijuana
In addition to these benefits, using marijuana also seems to help:
- Relax: Smoking marijuana can be relaxing, especially for people who are very active. These effects can be seen within a few minutes and, for example, it is hypothesized that it can be a useful phenomenon for people with anxiety problems.
Be creative: the frontal lobe is the executive director of the brain. Working memory, language, movement or self-awareness depend on the frontal lobe, as well as originality and creativity. Half an hour after consuming this substance, this region of the brain is fully activated, so studies show that it improves creativity. Additionally, cannabis helps connect abstract thoughts.
- Better sleep: Cannabinoids like THC induce sleep and prolong the duration of your deep sleep. Deep sleep occurs during the third and fourth sleep cycles, and that is when the body is repaired. This is why it is called restful sleep, in which the immune system is revitalized and recharged.
- Eat: Sometimes people who are not well are less hungry. Marijuana, by stimulating receptors, improves appetite. Although the mechanism as a whole is unknown, it is known that there is a high density of CB1 receptors in the paraventricular and ventromedial nuclei of the hypothalamus, areas of the brain involved in the regulation of appetite.
- Reduces nausea: As reported in the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine study, the THC found in marijuana has a potent antiemetic effect (reduces nausea and vomiting) and is therefore ideal for the treatment of patients who are doing chemotherapy.
- As an anticonvulsant: There is a growing body of research on the benefits of cannabis as an anticonvulsant, and it is particularly applied in conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
The secret is in the active principle
Although there are many organizations in favor of the normalization of cannabis use, it should be noted that the possible positive effects of this compound do not imply any specific policy measures. nor that consumption of the plant in any of its forms is desirable. In terms of clinical and pharmacological intervention, research on the therapeutic potential of marijuana serves to discover the active ingredient useful for certain patients and thus to be able to isolate it and use it in the form of conventional drug, so that the concentration and the dose.
This means that the fact that marijuana can be very useful in extracting substances intended to cure sick people does not make its consumption by smoke inhalation a desirable practice. This habit has several significant effects comparable to those of alcohol, many of which are likely to leave irreversible consequences if the substance is abused.
Negative consequences of cannabis
So there appear to be great therapeutic benefits in the use of marijuana. However, marijuana also has a number of harmful effects on the body, especially when smoked and used frequently.
In the case of smoking, the consequences can be found among the adverse consequences that worsen respiratory problems and can trigger such serious problems as tobacco, which is often combined for recreational purposes. Marijuana can cause temporary infertility in men and affect a woman’s menstrual cycle.
This drug can not only have consequences on physical health because it can cause brain abnormalities, Especially with long term consumption. Neural changes can affect memory, attention, and the ability to learn.
Additionally, cannabis may increase the likelihood of having traffic accidents, contribute to low birth weight babies, and increase the likelihood of suffering from a psychotic epidemic (paranoia and schizophrenia), as explained in the article by psychologist Oscar Castillero: “Cannabis increases risk of psychotic epidemic by 40%.”