Several studies point to some advantages of cannabis. What are they?
When we talk about the positive effects of drugs on health, we often come across a debate between those who advocate their use and those who do not.
Especially when we talk about substances that have a recreational and playful purpose, as is the case of marijuana.
Research on the effects of marijuana
In recent years, many studies have been conducted on this drug, and some claim that it has benefits for our body. Those who defend this argument explain that this substance must keep in mind for the beneficial effects of its use as a medicine.
Surely there is a profound moral debate about the legalization of cannabis, but it is clear that it can be useful for some people. In this article, we will review the benefits of marijuana that have been scientifically proven and discuss some of the negative consequences of its use.
Not everything is true.
In issues such as the one we are going to deal with, where there are so many people who use this substance, it is normal for public opinion to position itself in favor of the standardized use of marijuana. For example, if you are a regular cannabis user, you will logically defend its use and consumption, because it is a substance that you find pleasant and with which you enjoy and spend your free time.
This means that we often hear opinions that are not scientifically endorsed and that circulate a great deal of misleading information on the Internet. That’s why the benefits we’re going to tell you below are the result of some research.
Benefits of cannabis in science
More and more countries are legalizing the use of this drug. Smoking a joint is legally possible in 16 countries. A large part of the essential reasons for the consumption of this substance is its therapeutic and medicinal use.
That’s why the U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has reviewed more than 10,000 studies to see what the medical benefits of cannabis are. The results have been presented in a 400-page report.
This paper classifies the benefits of cannabis from these studies into different categories: conclusive evidence, moderate and limited evidence or no evidence. The most convincing results state that marijuana is useful 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 useful for pain.
Especially in the case of chronic pain, opioid narcotics such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and methadone are often used, which are highly addictive and to which patients can develop tolerance to their effects.
Although there are non-addictive synthetic analgesics (e.g. paracetamol), are not strong enough to relieve this type of pain, and some of these medications pose a severe risk of liver damage in excessive doses.
It appears that smoking marijuana can eliminate the need for more harmful drugs such as opioid narcotics.
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 policy measures, nor that the consumption of cannabis in any of its forms is desirable.
For clinical and pharmacological intervention, research on the therapeutic potential of marijuana serves to discover the active principle useful for specific patients and thus be able to isolate and use it as a conventional drug, so that the concentration and dose are controlled.
That means that the fact that marijuana can be very useful in extracting substances from it to treat sick people does not make its use by smoke inhalation a desirable practice. This habit has several significant effects comparable to those of alcohol, many of which are likely to have irreversible consequences if the substance is abused.
Negative consequences of cannabis
There, therefore, appear to be great therapeutic benefits in marijuana use. 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 of the harmful effects can be found to worsen respiratory problems and can trigger problems as dangerous as smoking, with which it is often combined for recreational use. Marijuana can cause temporary infertility in men and alter a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Not only can this drug have physical health consequences, but it can also cause brain abnormalities, especially with long-term use. Neural changes can affect memory, attention and learning ability.