The overly-exaggerated benefits of cannabis use

The overly-exaggerated benefits of cannabis use

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There are many marijuana activists out there nowadays and every one of them is highly praising the benefits of cannabis use based on studies they read about, but don’t fully understand. Also, I am sick and tired of people overly-posting all kinds of pictures and articles about how great weed is without actually considering that abuse of drugs also has risks. Although there are actual benefits in many cases which I am going to talk about, there are risks and long term side effects which usually people tend to forget about. The sad truth behind every web page that feeds us that marijuana is actually a miracle drug which the pharmaceutical industries and our governments are keeping away from us is that those people only want the drug to be legalized so the population can abuse it as much as it wants.

Before believing that cannabis use actually cures cancer or any other disease keep in mind that there are no concluding studies made on people yet, mostly because the use of cannabinoids is highly restricted in most parts of the world, but still benefic effects of cannabis have only been proven in animal experiments and also none of them kept out the side effects. Marijuana or cannabis, however you like to call it, acts on the central nervous system and the immune system through active components called cannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid is delta-9-THC, about which you might have already heard because it is used for pain relief, mostly in terminal cancer patients. Although THC is the most extracted component, it still affects the central nervous system by giving that “high” most marijuana abusers are seeking. It appears that another active cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) may relieve pain, decrease anxiety and lower inflammation without actively affecting one’s consciousness.

Two other, not as effective cannabinoids that are actually approved by the FDA are dronabinol and nabilone which can prevent and even sometimes treat nausea and vomiting symptoms caused by cancer treatments. Possible benefic effects of cannabinoids, which are not being studied enough due to the restriction of the substance are anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity, relieving muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis and the possibility of preventing or even treating some forms of cancer by blocking cell growth and preventing the growth of new blood vessels that are usually formed to supply tumors.

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US States that have approved the medical use of cannabis

Actual studies that have been conducted on mice and rats showed that use of cannabinoids reduces the inflammation of the colon, which reduces the risk of colon cancer, it actually destroyed cancer cells in hepatocellular carcinoma (a malignant and aggressive tumor of the liver), it had some benefic effects on breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer and increased the power of chemotherapy in gliomas. Unfortunately, all these effects are not being studied in humans, but in fact, there is some research on the use of CBD in the treatment of solid tumors, a combination of cannabinoids with chemotherapy in recurrent glioblastomas and also the possibility of reducing the graft-versus-host disease, which appears in transplants, by reducing the high inflammatory response of the disease.

Other benefits of cannabinoids use and once again not actual cannabis use are stimulating appetite, which although proven in animal studies on humans did not appear to have the same result. It is well known that marijuana usage does give a craving for high caloric snacks and sweets, but it does not stimulate appetite in general. When it comes to pain relief, it appears that cannabinoids help by reducing inflammation, but they do work better in combination with opiates. Although cannabinoids combined with opiates can be really good pain relievers, both substances have side effects which are not wanted, making this type of treatment only a last resort possibility to relieve the excruciating pain terminal ill patients have.

Last but not least cannabis has been studied for its possible effects on anxiety and sleep deprivation, but in the long term, it reduces hippocampal activity and does increase the possibility of neuronal degeneration of some areas which can ultimately lead to depression, hallucinations, and paranoia. Although marijuana activists believe that its use reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cannabis, in fact, has as side effects tachycardia (rapid beating of the heart) and hypotension (low blood pressure) which can lead to cerebrovascular accidents or even heart failure.

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Hippocampal activity in non-users and cannabis users

Although the muscle relaxation effect is benefic for muscle spasm in multiple sclerosis, in normal muscle activity the effect is not wanted, because it reduces muscle force and leads to muscle atrophy. Also cannabis use slows down the movement of the digestive system leading to possible long-term complications and digestive diseases. Most of the side effects of cannabis use appear only when the substance is abused or used for long periods of times and even if they don’t put your life in danger immediately, they are the cause of chronic diseases. Other effects like bloodshot eyes and dizziness are usually not as important as they can be relieved by rest. Also, the drug should highly be restricted to children, because in the past the idea of exploring its benefic effects on children with cancer was disapproved. Cannabinoids act on the central nervous system which alters the neurodevelopment of a child, leading to serious psychiatric problems.

In medical treatments, the tendency is to give cannabinoids orally or through inhalers, but once again marijuana activists really want the drug to be legalized so they can smoke it without considering the side effects of smoke. Smoking isn’t harmful because of the substance people consume for pleasure, but because of the smoke components that come from burning the substances. Inhaling smoke components, as well as heat, lead to loss of lung function which makes the lungs more predisposed to diseases. Also, long term use of marijuana has been linked to endocrine and reproductive system malfunction. And even if cannabinoids go well against many types of cancers, it may as well act as an inducer of testicular cancer.

Last but not least, as much as people want to believe that in fact marijuana is not addictive, it is. The substance mainly gives a psychological addiction because of the “high” which everyone is searching for, but it also give physical addiction. The reason why people don’t usually acknowledge the physical addiction is because withdrawal symptoms from cannabis are not as bad as for other drugs. The symptoms of cannabis withdrawal include irritability, restlessness, and trouble sleeping, areas were cannabis acts. Also, hot flashes, nausea, and cramping might appear, but these symptoms are rare because only some people are predisposed to feeling them.

Overall, my opinion on cannabis use is that it should be approved for clinical trials all around the world, but when it comes to the legalization of the substance I am more biased. On one hand, as long as we are aware of long term side effects it should be our choice, but on the other hand, I am well aware that the drug will be highly abused and in decades will lead to many other complications and even deaths. Honestly, I don’t think marijuana is the miracle drug that can save us all from cancer or any other diseases people think it might cure, I do acknowledge that it can have benefic effects, but I loathe the psychiatric effects it has. The abuse of any substance becomes unhealthy in the end, so no matter how much you think cannabis can help you, in the long term it might do you more harm than good. That being said I do think medicine could benefit from cannabinoids treatments, but don’t start thinking that by smoking marijuana you get the same effect as a medically controlled treatment.

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    1. Author

      I’m not saying you shouldn’t get high, just don’t abuse the effect. And about my opinion on alcohol, stay tuned for future articles.

  1. I can see why anti humans like to frame debates around studies. I don’t come from there. I’ve not heard anyone sing the praises of heroin and that it should be legal because of the good that it does. I’m in favour of de-criminalising any and all drugs. Not because they are good for people but because I don’t consider anyone has the right to dictate to other adults what they should be allowed to put into their minds or bodies. It’s perfectly okay to warn people of possible bad effects and to use reason to persuade. It’s absolutely not okay to use force to prevent them or to take their money or other liberties away because they aren’t complying with your preferences.

      1. Clear Cannabis Reform is not a good source of information. They have to work for lobbyist to pollute the waters so to prevent full legalization. They blocked me for posting Science they say doesn’t exist. Cannabis is Proven to cure cancer even the US government admits it helps shrink brain tumors in humans. Unlike this B.S. thats all it is. They do the same thing in Ohio with fake groups pulling the rug out from under any legalization efforts. Its a great name though people are loyal because they believe it. SCIENCE BELOW. Cannabis has no physical addictive qualities. It is easier to stop smoking cannabis than it is to stop drinking soda pop. Cannabis oil is unparalleled in medical application. Ritalin is Meth.. Pain Killers are Opium.. Chemo came from Mustard Gas..………….USE THE VIDEOS…………..https://youtu.be/PPjCmqHXmZM
        Cannabis cures cancer.. https://youtu.be/DttdDOqQMuY?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHnHtW3ZYl7Mg… <<Scientific PROOF……………………………….
        Cannabis treats epilepsy..https://youtu.be/SSLfOrQWT9Q?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHk9b5AdqwiTa……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis prevents and treats ALS..https://youtu.be/7E49yrkOLsU?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHm0e9HE9yH1_………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis treats M.S..https://youtu.be/3vsWPYDVDhs?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHkFwn6-5XElG……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
        Cannabis is safer than Ritalin for kids with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D..https://youtu.be/Gm-uL77evsA?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHnXHivMYfyK-………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis is safer for Autism than Pharma..https://youtu.be/s75typl0rGY?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHmvCVwHQTBrD………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis does not cause Schizophrenia..https://youtu.be/UCggeEoNGCQ?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHkJPKvIuZA4C…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis treats P.T.S.D.. https://youtu.be/LKdYxcjdtoc?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHnZSQa6vJB5e……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
        Cannabis prevents and treats diabetes..https://youtu.be/sZ6aUsbJuY4?list=PLXKWYQYKT_od0HmnkjceIS………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        cannabis reverses obesity..https://youtu.be/QsRAxCzxQm0?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHlJScSp8Xmmj………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis treats Crohns..https://youtu.be/x_otUB7pVMA…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        cannabis regulates liver function curbing alcoholism..https://youtu.be/bXM5YpR0Gf4…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
        cannabis is safer than pharma..https://youtu.be/kVr2oRc-fEg?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHkOAB4AECdsn………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis grows brain cells..https://youtu.be/-LPxBK9cxcM?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHm0e9HE9yH1_………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
        Cannabis does not lower the I.Q..https://youtu.be/LOxUOxwY6ws… is Non Addictive.https://youtu.be/6NqL1eIMTDM………………………………………………………………………………………….
        Cannabis is the most nutritious plant on earth..https://youtu.be/5jPbqY93c8w?list=PL5OmmJFS2cHkOAB4AECdsn…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
        Cannabis treats Fibromyalgia..https://youtu.be/yg80xTR2_yA………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
        Cannabis reduces swelling in the brain..https://youtu.be/g2Fh8Sq3Xw4……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
        Cannabis can flat out STOP HIV..https://youtu.be/UXWZcyEouAU………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
        The list goes on and on..
        22 vets kill themselves every day. Someone Overdoses from a pharmaceutical every 19 seconds. Anti seizure drugs cause cardiac arrest. 80% of all cannabis patients stop taking prescription drugs. There is no drug specifically designed for PTSD. Vets are not seen by a doctor instead they are sent a deadly addictive cocktail of opium based pills and amphetamines. Most children with severe epilepsy do not see double digits. Broken bones heal 30% faster with cannabis use. Prolonged cannabis smokers are 60% less likely too contract lung, throat, or mouth cancers. 66% less likely too get Diabetes Type 2. After three months of taking cannabis oil three times a day the ECS will stimulate the growth of healthy new brain cells. Cannabis is the number one preventative of the plaque that causes ALS. Cannabis seeds are the only known source of all amino acids making it the only plant on earth that can sustain human life by itself indefinitely. All living creatures other than insects have an Endocannabinoid system. The greatest medical breakthrough since if not trumping germ theory. "The discovery of the ECS will save more lives than sterile surgical practice." Dr. David Allen. Private PRISONS, 25,000+ PRODUCTS, Deadly so called MEDICATIONS! Paper, rope, fabric, plastics, oils, dynamite.. The Fed deals opium and other drugs then uses federal grant money to bust the dealers taking the wealth and getting their drugs back. Don't believe me? Where does the opium for pain killers and other drugs come from? Prisons are payed according to the number of inmates they house. The majority of which are drug offenders allowing more grant money for state and local prisons. Cannabis is the easiest arrest to make regardless of the vast medical application. Once a state prison is full inmates are sent too perishes or private prisons where they are housed for considerably less by cutting rehabilitation programs and nutrition pouring even more money into the justice system giving them no reason to support legalization regardless of the lives ruined or lost to prohibition. If a man looses his freedom for 13-40 years over two joints the Sheriff gets a new truck. George Washington is the largest cannabis producer in U.S. History. The first American flag and Bill Of Rights where both Hemp. 22 vets. 19 seconds.https://youtu.be/j1HGgZzBxW8

  2. So.. you say the the benefits are overatated…. but then admit theres no clear conclusions in the 2nd paragraph. Which means… this whole article is based off your own moral ideology. Id much rather hear from an actual patient. Your desire to wait for more studies shows your lack of knowledge… cannabis has been studied more than almost any substance on earth… and the conclusion? Its not as harmful as alcohol. So why do you want it illegal? My guess is you drink and like to feel morally superior to others. Patients with conditions that dont respond to treatments dont have time to wait and see for studies that may never happen… but at least its a form of hope and something to try. You even mention addiction… haha…. go learn about how addictive all the substances are compared to cannabis… then tell me why that justifies prohibition.

  3. I believe in the beneficial properties of cannabis. I do not consider you to be an authority! And, I will add that 29 years of marriage to an alcoholic is way worse than a cannabis user. Amen!

    1. Author

      I don’t understand why you brought up alcohol as I haven’t said anything about it.

  4. Has it occurred to you that historically, people are GOING TO ABUSE ANY DRUG THEY CAN!!! Or don’t you know who Edgar Allen Poe was and the FACT that opium houses were quite common in his time? He was a BIG – TIME addict. It’s where most of his stories came from!!

  5. Actually, white sugar is addictive. Shall we make it illegal as well?

  6. most of this is really bullshit ! With all it could do this or that. Everthing mentioned is speculation no fact, just scare tactics. The real proof is seeing people healed asswipe. You are as ignorant as your words.

  7. Ok, as someone who is about to criticise your supercilious article, I can tell you now that I’m not a Cannabis user or abuser, as you would no doubt brand me. Therefore dismissing my views as that of a pathetic stoner, i’ve just taken away from you, which I’m sure you just love doing. Yeah I’m right aren’t I? 😉 Starting off by smearing Cannabis activists as big pharma conspiracists, was an early indicator of the condescending nature the whole article would take. When a person takes an approved pharmaceutical drug, they read the inclosed leaflet about possible side effects, some serious, some not so serious. Some even have serious implications from long term use! For some reason, you think Cannabis users are incapable of making the same informed choice before using rather than abusing the drug. My favourite bit of your article was your list of physical withdrawal symptoms. Yes you are right, just to stroke your ego a little. However, when you consider that someone rapidly stopping the ingestion of caffeine is likely to have similar if not worse symptoms, we come to the real reason you included this bit. You wanted to point out that in your opinion ‘Cannabis activists are ignorant and stupid’. There, your whole article edited down to single statement. I’m guessing with such a degree of supercilious, comes an authoritarian nature and you are absolutely in favour of taking away what Cannabinoids people can legally ingest based on your opinions?

  8. Sooo,…. for a science site you really dont understand science, which is funny considering you claim people like me want to just get high and not feel bad

    “Also, I am sick and tired of people overly-posting all kinds of pictures and articles about how great weed is without actually considering that abuse of drugs also has risks”
    Cannabis is the safest substance known to man, few have bad reactions to high THC, and this is one of the only draw backs to cannabis itself
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/531038
    EVERYBODY abuses drugs, some more harmful than others
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drug

    “The sad truth behind every web page that feeds us that marijuana is actually a miracle drug which the pharmaceutical industries and our governments are keeping away from us is that those people only want the drug to be legalized so the population can abuse it as much as it wants.”
    LOL genetic logical fallacy assuming due to the fact we use it we want acceptance to use it so we say whatever to do so

    “Before believing that cannabis use actually cures cancer or any other disease keep in mind that there are no concluding studies made on people yet, mostly because the use of cannabinoids is highly restricted in most parts of the world, but still benefic effects of cannabis have only been proven in animal experiments and also none of them kept out the side effects. ”
    This is not true we have over 20,000s studys most which you can find on NIH and alot of countrys are doing human trials Israel has for many years
    http://observer.com/2016/03/what-gives-israel-the-edge-on-marijuana/

    “Marijuana or cannabis, however you like to call it, acts on the central nervous system and the immune system through active components called cannabinoids”
    False cannabis acts on the endocannabinoid system which is one of the biggest regulatory systems in the body however the brain and immune system is where the most concentrated cannabinoid receptors are
    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1361971-overview

    “lthough THC is the most extracted component, it still affects the central nervous system by giving that “high” most marijuana abusers are seeking. It appears that another active cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) may relieve pain, decrease anxiety and lower inflammation without actively affecting one’s consciousness.”
    False Whole plant extracts are the most common extracts and CBD is a sedative therefor effects one’s consciousness

    I just debunked your 1st two paragraphs I dont feel like doing anymore and feel this is enough to prove my point
    But I will make one more point

    “when it comes to the legalization of the substance I am more biased. On one hand, as long as we are aware of long term side effects it should be our choice, but on the other hand, I am well aware that the drug will be highly abused and in decades will lead to many other complications and even deaths.”
    Cannabis has NEVER killed ANYONE in the history of written record, and keeping it illegal EVEN if you think its the devils lettuce is EVIL locking someone in a cage for a plant is immoral this is also the least immoral consequence of the drug war, this is more but by no means a end list
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tony-newman/drug-war-consequences_b_2404347.html

    Oh and Ill throw this in as a bonus its to damn funny not to
    “Other benefits of cannabinoids use and once again not actual cannabis use are stimulating appetite”
    Besides the stoner stereotype and ANYONE that has EVER used cananbis can attest to I offer this
    http://www.nature.com/news/marijuana-flips-appetite-switch-in-brain-1.16957
    This
    http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n3/full/nn.3647.html
    This
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3458187/
    And of course this
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366551/

  9. Author

    First of all, this article is not news in any way, it is an opinion piece based on as much research I was able to make from studies published on NIH. Second of all, I never said I was against legalization only that my opinion is biased also I do approve cannabinoids as medical treatments as I mentioned in the article. And yes, maybe I do feel a little frustrated when it comes to smoking pot because even if it cannot kill you it does affect your consciousness on the long run. Again this is an opinion piece and by no means, I consider myself an authority, I am simply stating my opinion after thoroughly reading a lot of information. And yes, it is my mistake that I didn’t add links towards the particular studies I have read.

    PS. I am not on Big Pharma’s side and I do see where your frustration comes from

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