Unsplash When we talk about the positive effects of drugs on health, we often find a debate between those who defend their use and those who do not. Especially when we talk about substances that have a recreational and recreational purpose, such as marijuana Research on the effects of marijuana.
In the last years there are many studies that have been carried out regarding this drug, and some affirm that it has benefits for our body Those who defend this argument explain that this substance must be taken into account for the beneficial effects of its use as medicine.
There is surely a deep moral debate about the legalization of cannabis, however it is clear that it may be good for some people. But Beware, it 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.
Not everything that is said is true
In topics such as the one we are going to discuss, in which there are so many people who consume this substance, it is normal for public opinion to position itself in favor of the normal consumption of marijuana. To take an example, if you are a regular consumer of cannabis, logically you will defend its use and consumption, since it is a substance that you find pleasant and with which you enjoy and spend your free time.
This often makes us listen to opinions that do not have any type of scientific endorsement and circulates a large amount of misleading information on the Internet. That is why the benefits that we are going to count below are the result of some research.
Benefits of cannabis according to science
There are more and more countries in which the consumption of this drug is being legalized. Smoking a joint (also colloquially called: mai or peta is possible legally in 16 countries. Much of the compelling reasons for consuming this substance is its therapeutic and medicinal use That is why the US National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine has conducted a review of more than 10,000 investigations to really learn what the medical benefits of cannabis are. The results have been presented in a 400-page report.
This work classifies the benefits of cannabis from these studies into different categories: conclusive evidence, moderate evidence, and limited or no evidence. The most conclusive results affirm that marijuana is effective for the treatment of chronic pain the reduction of nausea after chemotherapy and the reduction of symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Marijuana and pain
The conclusions, therefore, seem to indicate that marijuana is effective in treating pain. Especially in the case of chronic pain, opiate narcotics such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone are often used, which are highly addictive and to which patients may develop tolerance to their effects. Although there are non-addictive synthetic pain relievers (eg, acetaminophen), they are not strong enough to relieve this type of pain, and some of these medications pose a serious risk of liver damage in excessive doses.
It appears that smoking marijuana can completely eliminate the need for the most damaging drugs such as opiate narcotics.
In addition to these benefits, it appears that using marijuana also helps:
- Relax Smoking marijuana can have a relaxing effect, especially for those who are highly 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.
- Get 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. Within half an hour of consuming this substance this brain region is fully activated, so studies show that it enhances creativity. Additionally, cannabis helps connect abstract thoughts.
- Sleep better Cannabinoids like THC induce sleep and extend the time you are in deep sleep. Deep sleep occurs during the third and fourth sleep cycle, and is at the time when the body repairs itself. This is why it is called restful sleep, in which the immune system is revitalized and recharged.
- Eating Sometimes, when people are not well, they have less appetite. Marijuana, by stimulating the receptors, improves appetite. Although the entire mechanism is unknown, it is known that there is a high density of CB1 receptors in the paraventricular and ventromedial nuclei of the hypothalamus, brain areas involved in the regulation of appetite.
- Reduce nausea As the study by the “National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of the USA” states, THC found in marijuana has a powerful antiemetic effect (reduces nausea and vomiting) and is therefore ideal for the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy.
As an anticonvulsant There is increasing research on the benefits of cannabis as an anticonvulsant, and it is especially applied in diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
The secret is in the active ingredient
Although there are many organizations in favor of the normalization of the use of cannabis, it should be borne in mind that the possible positive effects of this compound do not imply any specific political measure or that the consumption of the plant in any of its forms is desirable In the face of clinical and pharmacological intervention, investigating the therapeutic potential of marijuana serves to discover the active ingredient useful for certain patients and, thus, to isolate and use it in the form of a conventional drug, so that the concentration and dose are controlled This means that the fact that marijuana can be very useful to extract substances to treat sick people does not make its use by inhalation of smoke a desirable practice. This custom has several significant effects comparable to those of alcohol, many of which, surely, leave irreversible sequels if the substance is abused.
Negative consequences of cannabis
Therefore, there seem to be great therapeutic benefits in the use of marijuana. However, marijuana also has a number of harmful effects on the body, especially when it is smoked and used frequently.
In the case of smoking, the consequences among the harmful consequences we can find that worsens respiratory problems, and can trigger problems just as serious as tobacco, with which it is usually combined for recreational use. Marijuana can cause temporary sterility in men and alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
This drug can not only have consequences on physical health, it can cause abnormalities of the brain especially with long-term consumption. Neural changes can affect memory, attention, and learning ability.