If there is a drug that has got people of all walks of life talking, then it surely is marijuana. Songs have been sang about it, movies made about it, documentaries created to explain its use and misuse, and lately political debates have been massively conducted to discuss its legality. As of now, almost half of the states in the US have legalized its use in one or two circumstances.
One question, have we reached a point where ignoring the debate would be foolish? Is it high time we acknowledge the drug for the good it does instead of dwelling on the mythical problems its use poses? Well, in this article, which is bound to be quite captivating judging on the hotness of the topic, we shall explore the latest developments in medical marijuana.
Cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years now. The drug’s power over cancerous cells has been in the public domain for just as long. In light of this, extensive scientific research has been conducted in labs across the globe to provide substantial support for its medical benefits. Nonetheless, this has not deterred pessimists who still believe that marijuana is an illegal drug like any other and should be banned.
So then should we ignore the health benefits of cannabis and have it banned or should we embrace the good inherent in it and use it to our advantage? Researchers are now more than ever convinced that we have what it takes to quantify cannabis by its psychoactive ingredients. In total, there are at least 104 active cannabinoids in marijuana.
These cannabinoids mimic the body’s own endocannabinoids that serve as signaling chemicals for the brain. The 104 active cannabinoids form a lock and key architecture with various brain receptor cells just as the endocannabinoids would. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is notorious for its intoxicating effects, but research has now revealed that when combined with tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) it can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Other active ingredients in cannabis like CBD, CBDA, and CBG provide medical solutions to inflammation, protect against kidney failure, and offer treatment to schizophrenics, people suffering from PTSD, nausea, epilepsy, stroke, and other people with drug addiction. All these have been scientifically proven, so there really is no reason to doubt the benefits of marijuana.
In conclusion, the latest findings on marijuana have also shed some light on the section of individuals who should steer from its use, at least for now. Pregnant women, people under the age of 25, drivers, and people with a family history of psychosis. Individuals under the age of 25 tend to disrupt the normal development of the brain cells while pregnant women will be posing a greater risk to their unborn babies.
Apart from this section of individuals that should never use cannabis for whatever purpose, the entire population can take cannabis or cannabis-based medications to improve their wellbeing. Research has revealed that there are no long-term effects of marijuana use.