The Effectiveness of Medical Marijuana

If you are thinking about using cannabis, you are not alone. There are currently millions of people across the United States who consume cannabis on a daily basis. As more states continue to adopt policies that legalizing marijuana, the demand for this particular type of cannabis is predicted to grow significantly over the next few years. The question that many people have is whether or not smoking cannabis is less harmful than using it in other forms.



Although scientific research has not been able to determine the effect of cannabis on the human body, there have been a number of studies that indicate there may be some benefit to occasional use. Cannabinoids, which are contained in the cannabis plant, have been proven to relieve nausea and chronic pain in test animals. While the results of these studies are not conclusive, they do provide strong evidence that cannabis may be effective when used for certain short-term medical issues. However, in order to use cannabis in any form, you will need to follow state laws that regulate the production, sale, and consumption of the plant.


In addition to serving as the base for some types of cannabis, the leaves and stems can be added to soothe the skin, provide relief for arthritis, alleviate chronic pain, and promote a healthier appetite. There are two main categories of cannabis; black cannabis and medicinal sativa. Sativa, which is the official form of cannabis in Canada, contains a high amount of the substance THC. While the drug affects the central nervous system, THC does not reach the brain; rather, it travels from the body through the blood stream. Other than ingesting the plant through the skin, no other external methods are necessary to partake in the therapeutic properties of cannabis.

While there are some commonalities between using cannabis and smoking tobacco, there are also several differences in the way the two drugs affect the body. First, cannabis has far fewer long-term effects than do cigarettes. People who smoke only use the plant to be a “high,” and often do not realize how they are actually “high.” With prolonged use, users will find themselves experiencing an array of symptoms, including memory loss, sleep disorders, anxiety, mood swings, and severe depression.


Unlike smoking tobacco, using cannabis will not cause significant damage to the lungs. In fact, some reports indicate that long-term use of cannabis may reduce lung tissue inflammation and increase air circulation. Because most of the psychoactive effects of thc are found within hours of smoking the plant, it is likely that the psychoactive effects are reduced even further by smoking cannabis.

Some recent studies suggest that cannabidiol, the main component of cannabis, has some potential for reducing the psychoactive effects of THC. Although much more research is needed to confirm the benefits of cannabidiol, the primary goal of researchers is to investigate the plant’s other potential uses, such as for treating seizures in children. As cannabidiol is not present in most forms of cannabis, it has been difficult to study in any depth. However, the preliminary findings appear to show promise for a future line of medical cannabis products.

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