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Is cannabis really bad for you?

Everything you need to know:

Although, cannabis has been legalized across many states; questions still arise – is smoking marijuana safe? There have been numerous studies on marijuana; its side effects, health risks, and benefits. However, there is not enough funding for cannabis research programs to get a full grasp on the situation, but some facts were downright proven in the past few years, and we will go over those.

Side-effects:

Short-term effects may include

•    Short-term memory problem

•    Psychosis 

•    Hallucinations

•    Paranoia

•    Decreased motor functions

Long term side effects 

•    Lowers IQ (if excessively used during adolescent age)

•    Anxiety

•    Financial difficulties

•    Affect work environment or unemployment (Law requires drug testing at work)

•     Addiction

What are the risks of taking cannabis?

While smoking pot has become very popular in recent years, there have been countless controversies over the use of marijuana and wax. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHC) is a form of sickness caused by excessive use of cannabis; CHC can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Some researchers showed that most people suffering from CHC were heavy marijuana users. The research also revealed that prolonged usage of marijuana might be the reason of vomiting, and decreased intake of marijuana helped some patients resolve vomiting and stomach pain. 

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome sufferers have increased in the past few years, and doctors believed the use cannabis to be the leading cause of the rising number of CHS patients. The cases were not entirely determined, but the doctors documented it. It was based on the number of patients by area and states where marijuana is legalized. The cases were somehow a mystery, but lesser cannabis intake helped some CHS patients, smoking pot may have contributed to the potential threat of the increasing sickness.

Mental risks:

The minimum age for legalized cannabis for recreational use is at least 21 years old. However, studies found that many users start taking cannabis during adolescence, and scientists revealed that cannabis could affect the mental health of teenage minors. Regular use of cannabis at an early age can develop anxiety and depression. Cannabis also holds a potential risk of lowering the IQ of underage cannabis users. Although the consumption of alcohol stands in the same category of health risks, cannabis is considered an illicit drug in many regions.

Use of marijuana as a medical drug:

 Medical marijuana is still a DEA schedule 1 controlled substance, but it has been partly approved for medical use. Medical cannabis is most commonly used to treat severe pain, long-term pain, nausea, excessive vomiting, seizures, cancer, weight loss, and inflammatory bowel diseases, etc. 

Medical cannabis has a high potential for drug abuse, and it has properties to get high, the federal government limited cannabis under controlled substances. There has been no big-scale medical research to show the benefits of marijuana. Many scientists believe there are more to explore, the properties and benefits of marijuana. 

How safe is cannabis?

Smoking marijuana is not entirely safe and has a potential risk of developing cancer. People usually compare alcohol and other tobaccos to marijuana, but the amount of intake is typically the thread to most users of any intoxicant products. 

The frequently asked question – which is more dangerous; alcohol or marijuana? – is still being debated across the globe. According to the CDC, the analysis showed that more than 88,000 deaths are caused by drinking, whereas, compared to cannabis, smoking joints resulted in lesser deaths.

Driving when drunk or high is one of the major causes of deaths and car accidents. Data showed that car accidents related to drinking had a much higher rate than smoking joints. However, the accidents caused when under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs have been increasing over the years, and it is never safe to drive when drunk. 

Addiction:

Addiction is one of the major health concerns, the data of National institute on drugs abuse (NIDA) revealed – approximately, almost 30 percent of cannabis users showed types of disorder, and roughly 10 to 30 percent of users developed dependency on the drug. Only about 9% showed an actual addiction to cannabis. However, the reports are still unclear.

In 2015, statistics showed that there are about 4 million diagnosed cases of marijuana use disorders. While in the same year, more than 14 million cases of alcohol users met the criteria of alcohol use disorder. It was found that more 37 million adults in the United States smoked cigarettes. 

Most of these substances, such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or cannabis, have a very high chance of developing an addiction. Recreational cannabis has the least amount of addiction, but excessive or daily use of any of these substances can develop dependency overtime. 

Responsible use of recreational cannabis:

Recreational use of cannabis has been increasing and gaining more popularity in the past few years, and meanwhile, its popularity also invites negative effects to individuals and society, if used irresponsibly. 

Limitation to minors: 

As most intoxicants can be attained legally or illegally; it is important that parents advice children to avoid cannabis during adolescences, it can have an adverse effect on mental health. When used by minors, cannabis products can be abused and lead to early addiction and cause other health issues. 

No driving:

Like most intoxicated consumables, smoking marijuana while driving can increase chances of car accidents. Public safety demands intoxicant-free driving; impaired driving can lead to fatal injuries or even deaths. Accidents during cannabis impairment can be more lethal.

Resisting abuse:

Some cannabis products can be more harmful; using legal products can be safer for any users. As most approved legal stores selling cannabis are refined for recreational or medical use, it can be much safer than those that are sold illegally. 

Considering safety first:

It is important that cannabis users maintain discreet use of joints in public or private places. Vape pens are considered to have lesser effects on health, reconsidering the safest method of consuming cannabis is advised. 

Cannabis isn’t completely safe; however, the responsible use of cannabis is safer than other available intoxicants. If used excessively, overdose can lead to other side-effects and health issues.