Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug. Similar to hemp, it comes from the cannabis plant. The plant’s primary drug effects originate from the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC.” Marijuana is smoked, “vaped” (inhaling the vapor), or ingested in foods or teas. Over the last few decades, the concentration of THC in the cannabis plant has been increasing. Also, the plant extracts are more potent.
In the United States, nearly 23 states, plus Washington D.C., have legalized medical marijuana. In cities like Denver and Seattle, recreational marijuana plays an important role for local businesses. However, more and more states are making an effort to learn more about the drug’s incredible benefits.
Science proves that marijuana can do wonders for improving a patient’s quality of life. For patients who endure rounds upon rounds of chemotherapy, marijuana is the only “is the only anti-nausea medicine that increases appetite.”
Cannabis as Medicine
Pharmaceutical cannabis sprays are designed for “mucosal or sublingual administration,” meaning that the patient sprays it under their tongue, and the cannabinoids are then absorbed into the bloodstream via the mucous membrane. This is quite an efficient and convenient method of administration, which allows the cannabinoids to reach the brain within 10 to 20 minutes. However, a significant amount ends up being swallowed and absorbed through the gut, resulting in a sizable portion of the medication having a delayed onset. This is far from ideal for medical users who wish to regulate their dosage accurately. Many patients report that the pharmaceutical industry’s expensive cannabis-based medications are vastly inferior to the natural product. Vaporizing organically grown cannabis buds is one of the most effective ways of self-medicating, particularly for pain relief.
This one is quite controversial: Cannabis Can Help Reverse Negative Impacts of Smoking Tobacco On Lungs
A groundbreaking study published in 2012 shocked many marijuana critics. It showed that marijuana doesn’t have any severe effects on your lungs, rather it can eliminate the side-effects of long-term tobacco smoking, provided you quit smoking cigarettes. More than five thousand subjects were involved, and the result showed that tobacco smokers’ lung health deteriorated over time. However, weed smokers showed an increase in lung capacity.
Smoking weed isn’t that bad for your lungs, and smokers have improved lung function when compared to both cigarette smokers – and people who have never smoked either.
The researchers, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say that the big “drags” taken by weed smokers may actually ‘train’ lungs to be more efficient.
8. Multiple sclerosis
A study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal” found that cannabinoids significantly reduced multiple sclerosis pain.
Marijuana contains a minimum of 60 cannabinoids. THC is the primary chemical associated with its mind-altering effects. THC has been used in the treatment of nausea, including drug- or chemotherapy-induced nausea.
Some patients experience chronic nausea or loss of appetite related to chemotherapy treatments, while others are impacted by conditions such as anorexia, depression, HIV/AIDS, or Crohn’s Disease. If you struggle to maintain a healthy appetite due to a medical issue, Cannabis may be able to help you eat and get the nutrition your body needs.
10. Parkinson’s Disease
Research published in “MedPage Today” found that marijuana use eased tremors and improved fine motor skills in patients with Parkinson’s disease. It can reduce tremors and slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
Be cautious if you use marijuana
In the meantime, if you do use marijuana products, do not do so before driving or operating other heavy or dangerous equipment, and stop if you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor about the safety of continued use if you have a heart or lung condition, or are concerned that you might have developed an addiction. Avoid products that are packaged as candy or other edibles if there are children in your household who are more susceptible to a toxic overdose. And talk to your kids about the potential hazards of marijuana, because the risks are particularly high in young people.
Always consider the possible health hazards of marijuana use:
- Addiction can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms in individuals who discontinue marijuana use.
- In high doses or sensitive individuals, marijuana can cause anxiety and paranoia.
- Marijuana may impair memory.
- Mind-altering effects are particularly evident among young and first-time users.
- One study found an increase in the risk of having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking marijuana.
- Marijuana use during pregnancy can harm a baby’s brain development.
This guide divulges only a few of the countless medical benefits of cannabis. It’s weird how it’s illegal in most parts of the country, and still, has a stigma attached to it. However, we do hope that science will continue to explore its benefits the plant will be used to cure all the main kinds of issues humanity is facing. While the debate might continue about its long-term effects and dependency issues, but its harm-reduction potential can’t be denied.
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