Marijuana in a nutshell
By Shivendra Saxena
In no form is this article promoting the use of marijuana or any drug. This is for informative purpose and readersâ€™ discretion is advised
Cannabis, Marijuana, Gaanja, Maal, Stuffâ€¦ whatever you call it. Hereâ€™s a piece on whatâ€™s the high all aboutand whatit can do to your body! Will legalisation help?
2018 has been a good year for marijuana legalisation fights. On June 21st, Canada became the first G7 country to legalise recreational marijuana. Weâ€™ll see how the nation deals with it and how this action refine drug abuse problems around the world.
What causes the high?
CBD and THC explained
Marijuana consists of two major chemicals.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).
In simple terms, higher the amount of THC in your stuff, higher the brain buzz. The marijuana you get from hands of peddlers are high on THC because thatâ€™s what runs their market. The CBD part of marijuana is the part thatâ€™s termed as medical and have most of benefits attributed to marijuana. THC triggers flow of dopamine and it binds to the receptors on nerve cells to agitate the flow of neurotransmitters. THC may produce paranoia and panic but users find the relaxation soothing. CBD on the other hand plays a much lesser role in psycho activities, often it negates the THC effects. CBD produces most of the medical benefits attributed to cannabis. CBD-derivatives are regularly consumed for scores of medical conditions, including arthritis, migraines, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and spasms. Research is underway to know if CBD can play a role in fighting cancer tumors and help in recovery from heart attacks/stroke.
In medical marijuana the balance is tilted on the side of CBD and the high is much less than what you usually may experience from recreational marijuana. The marijuana that you obtain illegally is much more dangerous than the one youâ€™ll get from a medical stop after legalisation.
Boons and banes of Marijuana consumption:
We always want to hear the bad news before the good one. Letâ€™s start with the banes and then weâ€™ll ease on towards the boons. To be honest the pros and cons are highly contextual and depends on how you use it, what your mental state is and what is the surrounding like.
â€˘ Impairs memory: Regular use of marijuana may give you pleasure and make you forget your stress but in longer run, it impairs your memory and youâ€™d find yourself forgetting important things more often. It affects your brain and may affect your thinking capabilities.
â€˘ Impairs reflexes: Marijuana affects the way you react in certain situations and larger doses of it on regular basis may get your reflexes slower than usual.
â€˘ Respiratory problems: Most of the marijuana around market is harmful as it contain high levels of THC and manufacturers spike it by adding hazardous chemicals in order to rocket their sales. Medical marijuana has been known to decrease nicotine effect on lungs on the other side.
â€˘ Inflammatory behaviour: While proper use of marijuana may make your life much more easy, abuse of it can turn you violent. Studies have been conducted on how long term abuse of marijuana may turn one less peaceful. Itâ€™s much worse if your environment isnâ€™t harmonious.
â€˘ Depression/Overthinking: Individuals who become dependent on marijuana tend to be less motivated, less happy or satisfied with their life. They are also at risk for depression and for using larger amounts of alcohol and other drugs.
â€˘ Panic and paranoia: Depends on the quality of marijuana, the preposition of the consumer and social environment. In some cases it can cause Schizophrenia (If the user is not used to it and the variety has a too high concentration of THC. CBD works against Schizophrenia and decrease it).
â€˘ Treats Glaucoma: Researchers are working to develop new cannabis-based drugs to treat glaucoma pain after determining marijuanaâ€™s effectiveness for treating the condition. Glaucoma is a condition that increases pressure inside the eyeball and can lead to vision loss.
â€˘ Treats Parkinsonâ€™s: Marijuana use eased tremors and improved fine motor skills in patients with Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
â€˘ Treats Epilepsy: Studies have suggested that proper use of marijuana may stop seizures.
â€˘ Treats Alzheimerâ€™s: Studies have suggested that marijuana may help slow down the progression of the disease.
â€˘ Cancer: Research published in the journal â€śMolecular Cancer Therapeuticsâ€ť suggests that cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana, turns off the â€śID-1â€ł gene, which cancer cells use to spread.
â€˘ Cures chronic pain: Marijuana, or products containing cannabinoids - which are the active ingredients in marijuana, are effective at relieving chronic pain.
â€˘ Treats Migraines: If used in proper preposition, marijuana helps in cutting down vehement pain significantly.
â€˘ Good appetite: Marijuana makes you hungry while simultaneously making metabolism strong.
â€˘ Alcohol addiction: There are studies that suggest that marijuana intake may help in cutting down your alcohol addiction. But on the other hand there are also studies that say marijuana abuse may make one increasingly vulnerable to other harmful drugs.
â€˘ Increased creativity: Marijuana studies suggest that it shrinks the brain and impairs memory but on the other hand it enhances creativity if not abused.
Will legalising marijuana help?
There are many ways to look at this question but the one thing we should ask is, â€śIs marijuana abuse just related to legalisation of it?â€ť People consuming marijuana are more likely either depressed, stressed out or looking for ways to escape life. The high gives them satisfaction that everything is awesome and the feeling sticks which in long term turns into dependency and abuse. Marijuana intake on a daily basis increases and use of other drugs come in, in order to attain same feeling of happiness and relief. Why not instead of keeping it illegal, make it legal, regulate the ratio of CBD and THC and help the already drowned people get back on track. It may be argued, that the cost of it is too high to bare but is it higher than leaving it all in dump? As we all know, keeping it illegal isnâ€™t helping and also damping research on it. Prohibition only makes drug stronger and potent. Numbers show that laws donâ€™t deter people from using marijuana. We canâ€™t get marijuana go away but we can make it safer. Take the example of Portugal in 2001. Drug use was seen as chronic disease, not a crime. The results were much better than the results obtained by criminalising it. It overall helped than harm the community. Making marijuana legal is about taking responsibility rather than favouring it. Canada took a step forward in solving the issue and weâ€™ll see how it turns out. In the end, marijuana is a drug and is not harmless. Legalisation may just help reduce its adverse effects.
On a broader view:
People say that legalising recreational marijuana will create jobs, add billions to the economy and end racial disparities in enforcement. It will take business away from drug cartels as well as lower street crimes. They say that marijuana isnâ€™t as harmful as alcohol or cigarettes and adults should have the right to use it as they wish.While the argument is that it will elevate traffic deaths and use in teens. Costs in increased treatment, environmental damages, crimes, accidents and productivity loss is more than actually keeping it illegal.
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