Marijuana! Is It For You?
The popularity of marijuana is growing by leaps and bounds and showing no signs of abating. There are a number of driving factors behind this phenomenon, the most popular being legalization in many US states, its safety records when compared with other recreational drugs, medicinal usage, availability of different options for administration, and shifting attitude towards this amazing ancient herb which was often a subject of ridicule.
Given the growing acceptance and popularity, it’s no wonder that many are intrigued and curious if they should give it a go.
People who are interested
- Some are simply curious and want to experiment
- People who want to use it as a safer alternative to other drugs
- A few of us want it for anxiety or medical symptoms and for treatment
However, before you decide to take the plunge, there are a few things you must consider. First of all, you need to figure out if you need it for medical purposes or for recreational use. The other thing you need to find out is if the use of cannabis is legal in the state where you are living as it will not only give you legal security but also mental peace.
Marijuana or Liquor?
Have you ever thought that marijuana can be less dangerous than alcohol or any other recreational drug?
The article published in The Washington Post says weed is 114 times less deadly than booze. Marijuana can pose a low mortality risk to its consumers. If we compare weed with other recreational drugs like alcohol, weed is safer.
Researchers seem to have underestimated the risks linked to liquor use. Use of excessive alcohol can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, leaky gut, cancer, memory loss, dementia, depression, and anxiety. However, using the right strain of marijuana can help us instead.
Health Benefits This Little Plant Brings
Cannabis plants come with a lot of health benefits which are backed by research and studies. Research conducted by the National Library of Medicine stated that the consumption of Marijuana may help in treating pain, and spasticity linked to Parkinson’s disease, vomiting, and nausea caused by chemotherapy, anxiety, and sleep disorder. It not only helps in controlling blood pressure but also reduces inflammation in people. People who have consumed weed have experienced relief in following medical conditions.
The use of marijuana may reduce pain caused by several reasons. Not only this, but weed is also helpful in treating conditions that are responsible for causing chronic pain, such as migraine, arthritis, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia.
People who suffer from chronic pain experience better sleep quality with the usage of marijuana. The use of cannabis may help in improving sleep disorders like insomnia. It is out in the open that marijuana usage will result in better sleep as pain is reduced with the consumption of weed.
Neurological and mental disorders
Cannabis plants also help in mitigating neurological and mental health conditions. These conditions include stress and anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
Studies published in the National Library of Medicine say that a single dose of marijuana can reduce blood pressure in people. However, further research is required to be conducted in order to gauge if CBD can treat cardiovascular disorders as well.
Know CBD and THC
Cannabidiol or CBD is found in hemp or cannabis plants. Legal hemp should contain 0.3% THC or less as suggested by law. CBD is used in the form of gummies, oils, gels, supplements, and extracts. CBD does not give us high, which means it does hit us the way THC does.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major psychoactive element that exists in cannabis. It may give us a high depending on the amount and strain of cannabis we consumed. It can be taken through smoking plants, capsules, oils, edibles, and tinctures.
Take it With a Pinch of Salt
No doubt this little plant brings a lot of health benefits, however, If you are on any medication such as ADHD or anything else, you must consult your doctor before taking cannabis.
People who are below 21 years of age should avoid using marijuana unless recommended by state-certified doctors. In some states, adult use of cannabis is illegal which means you can’t access marijuana without getting a recommendation. For instance, you need a medical marijuana recommendation in West Virginia from a registered physician to get access to medical marijuana in the state. However, if you live in California, you can get access to marijuana (recreational cannabis) without an MMJ recommendation as well. To grow high-potency cannabis, you will require a 99-plant grower’s license.
The Bottom Line
With that said, it’s no brainers to understand how cannabis can help you in mitigating health issues if taken with the right amount and right strain under the guidance of professionals and can make your life healthy.