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What Is Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is any part of the marijuana plant that you use to treat health problems. People use it to get relief from their symptoms, not to try to get high.

Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana

Most marijuana that’s sold legally as medicine has the same ingredients as the kind that people use for pleasure. But some medical marijuana is specially grown to have less of the chemicals that cause feelings of euphoria.

Effects of Heavy Marijuana Use on Social Behavior

Heavy marijuana abuse may show low achievement in important life measures including mental and physical health, and career. Marijuana affects memory, judgment and perception. Learning and attention skills are impaired among people who use it heavily. Longitudinal research on marijuana use among young people below college age indicates those who use marijuana have lower achievement than the non-users, more acceptance of deviant behavior, more delinquent behavior and aggression, greater rebelliousness, poorer relationships with parents, and more associations with delinquent and drug-using friends.

What are the side effects of medical marijuana?

  1. Memory Impairment

    Many studies have found that cannabis users experience short-term memory problems; other studies suggest that cannabinoids impair all stages of memory.

  2. Dry Mouth

    Most people who use marijuana are familiar with the side effect referred to as ‘cottonmouth’, meaning that users experience an uncomfortable feeling from lack of saliva production.

  3. Increased Appetite

    One of the most known side effects of marijuana is the ‘munchies’. Shortly after smoking, many users will experience a sudden increase in appetite, often leading them to raid their fridge.

  4. Lack of Motivation

    Some people who are against the use of recreational marijuana point to the stereotype that users become unmotivated at work and in school. While this cliché is exaggerated, there is some merit to the belief.

  5. Depression

    Although it has been proven that cannabis can act as a medicine to help people combat depression, in some cases it might work the opposite way.

  6. Paranoia/Anxiety

    Another mental side effect of marijuana is the paranoia users often experience after smoking.

  7. Addiction

    Like most drugs, there’s a risk of addiction associated with cannabis use. When an individual stops using cannabis, cannabinoid receptors must adjust back to normal levels, which leads to psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms.

  8. Lung Problems

    Like cigarettes, smoking marijuana can have detrimental effects on a user’s respiratory system.

What does medical marijuana treat?

Like cigarettes, smoking marijuana can have detrimental effects on a user’s respiratory system.

  • Chronic pain, due of its effect on the central nervous system

  • Nausea

  • Muscle spasms, especially those associated with certain conditions, such as multiple sclerosis

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