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Medical Marijuana: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cannabis and THC to Be Used in Moderation

By Iria Vasquez-PaezPublished 6 years ago 3 min read

Marijuana is a drug that does both harm and good. As for harm, it decreases motivation in addicts who smoke too much. Second-hand smoke can give people around the smoker contact highs, but it can also give people with HIV appetites or people with cancer who feel nauseated from chemo more of an appetite. The use of cannabis and cannabinoids are what gives marijuana its medicinal value. Marijuana can cause dizziness, tiredness, throwing up, and hallucinations. Few studies have been done on the long-term use of marijuana. More research needs to be done by the medical establishment.

Legalizing marijuana is a controversial subject in the United States right now. There are some countries such as Canada or Chile where marijuana use is legal. You can also get synthetic cannabinoids in dronabinol, or nabilone, both used in chemotherapy to treat nausea and vomiting. Marijuana is not necessarily a recreational drug in countries where it is legalized. Marijuana-based creams can take care of physical pain, while patches can be used to have it enter the system. Patches help people with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions reduce the pain number to something tolerable. Medical marijuana can alleviate the pain of diabetic neuropathy.

The cannabis-laced infusion patch is placed on the skin to reduce pain symptoms. Marijuana’s short-term effects can cause short-term memory retrieval issues, anxiety, and paranoia about people watching you, seeing or smelling things that are not there, or just cause plain psychosis, which is defined as losing touch with reality. Marijuana causes a person to feel panicky, as well as to lower reaction times, which is the price the smoker pays for smoking. Men have sexual problems. Marijuana lowers IQ points, as well as affects academic performance in general. Marijuana products such as hemp oil are things that can help people with a variety of conditions.

Hemp Oil comes from the stock and seed of cannabis plants. Hemp oil can induce sleep, calm the pain response, or even induce appetite. Hemp oil can also help with hormonal balance, along with helping skin regenerate by acting as a moisturizer. Hemp oil works on vegetarians who need omega 3s. It can treat many different kinds of pain while aiding diabetics in their control when it balances the blood sugar. Side effects of hemp oil can be the fact it is an anticoagulant, increases prostate cancer risk, causes diarrhea or cramps, and should not be heated due to the way it turns into saturated fat.

Marijuana is both a good herb to use and a bad one. It can lead to addiction. Marijuana addiction is hard to quit. It is easier to get medication to treat this and other conditions. Treating marijuana addiction involves using cognitive behavioral therapy, rewarding positive behaviors while removing the negative ones, motivational therapy that helps a user build internal resources for changing their addiction, as well as using medications to aid sleep. Rehabilitation clinics offer a chance for the drug addict to recover from using marijuana despite that some people find help for their health problems in marijuana experimentation.

Some marijuana users need it every day. Marijuana is not as physically addicting as heroin or cocaine, but it is still a drug with addictive properties. Many people believe—mistakenly—that marijuana is not addictive. Detox causes the symptoms of irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and cravings for the drug. Inpatient rehab can be from 30 days in length to 90 days. THC is what makes marijuana addictive. Marijuana is a common drug that many people over 12 use. There is a widespread lack of knowledge on how marijuana affects the body. Some believe marijuana is not necessarily addicting. College students are the ones who try marijuana the most. The symptoms of substance abuse disorders include an inability to feel good, working way too hard to access marijuana, other parts of the life of the user suffer; some have mood swings if marijuana use is stopped. Marijuana withdrawal is a hard situation, which brings mood swings, insomnia, depression, agitated behavior, losing appetite, flu-like symptoms, and very intense desires for more marijuana. This is why marijuana is to be used in moderation.

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About the Creator

Iria Vasquez-Paez

I have a B.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State. Can people please donate? I'm very low-income. I need to start an escape the Ferengi plan.

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