Legalization of medical marijuana — progress or a deal with the devil?

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Cannabis has both advantages and disadvantages. Each person makes the choice independently, but we are always on the side of science. All the information below is obtained from official sources of the World Health Organization.

WHO’s position on marijuana

The general name for the psychotropic substances of cannabis is cannabis. According to WHO estimates, about 147 million people worldwide regularly use marijuana, which is 2.5% of the total population.

How does cannabis affect the body?

Smoking marijuana weakens a person’s cognitive abilities, it becomes more difficult to learn new things and use previously acquired knowledge. Cannabis impairs coordination and spatial orientation. It also becomes impossible to work productively — the reaction slows down, it takes longer to make decisions. Naturally, driving skills deteriorate, increasing the risk of traffic accidents.

The longer a person uses marijuana — the less chance that he will be able to restore his former mental abilities. Smoke damages the mucous membranes of the lungs, leading to an increased risk of infectious lesions and frequent bronchitis. By the way, we wrote about the treatment of bronchitis in this article.

Cannabis is a mentally active substance, so it contributes to the development of mental illnesses. For example, it has been proven that many people with schizophrenia have previously smoked marijuana. Depression develops in the same way, the risk of suicide increases — it becomes more difficult for a person to enjoy life without using cannabis.

When refusing to use, it causes exactly the same «withdrawal» as from other narcotic substances. Marijuana often becomes the first drug, after which euphoria passes quite quickly, it is necessary to constantly increase dosages to achieve it. Then the person looks for more «bright» impressions from, say, amphetamine.

Use of marijuana for medicinal purposes

This is exactly what they mean when they talk about «legalization». But there is a big difference between consumption for pleasure and real medical indications for cannabinoids.

Possible ways to use cannabis in the treatment of diseases:

suppression of nausea and vomiting in cancer or AIDS patients in the last stagesimprovement of respiratory function in asthmareducing eye pressure in glaucomaas an antidepressantto stimulate appetitereducing the frequency of seizures

What conclusion should be made?

Marijuana is the same drug as, for example, alcohol, nicotine or cocaine. Its use for medical purposes is very limited, and «legalization» is just a cover for big business, which wants to occupy a huge free market. We sincerely advise you to engage in self-development and critically evaluate information, especially regarding potentially dangerous things like cannabis.