What is Marijuana
Like many kids growing up and rebelling in a big city like London I tried my share of weed. I am aware of the pleasures and hazards that being high on Marijuana can bring. I welcome the increasing awareness of its Marijuana's medical benefits as well as its more negative side effects if not used in a safe form.
Of course different cultures and civilizations have recognized and used the benefits of Marijuana for centuries not only for the powerful medicinal properties but also making positive social use of its mind altering properties as part of some religious and spiritual practices. Today it is most commonly discussed in the Western world as being an illegal recreational drug and the debates about its potential medicinal or social benefits and its legal status continue to rage in the media.
Marijuana derives from the Cannabis plant. It is sold on the street as a variety of dried leaves, flowers as well as seeds and even the stems of the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana is a mix of the dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis plant and Marijuana derivatives contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol which is commonly referred to as THC. It is this component that gets you high. It warps the sense of time and short-term memory and can induce psychosis. Some people can develop schizophrenia and other mental illnesses from regular use. Marijuana is fat-soluble and stays in the body's cells for weeks.
There are some other really bad side effects from smoking Marijuana and related substances. For instance it generally weakens the immune system as it damages the production of white blood cells. Smoking Marijuana can lead to cancer and something I have recently learned regular smoking of Marijuana speed up the progression the of AIDS in anyone who is HIV.
Marijuana's aphrodisiac qualities has been sought after for many centuries. However it has been proved that regular smoking of Marijuana can have really bad side -effects for sexual reproduction. Worryingly, It is known to lower testosterone, reduce muscle mass in men and have a serious consequences for lowered sperm count. In terms of women - it can mess with their menstrual cycle and hormone production.
So how can Marijuana have medical benefits?
Before the widespread availability of chemically and synthetically produced medicines, humans made use of the pain-relieving and relaxant effects of the Cannabis plant and Marijuana. The medical profession has increasingly studied and recognized that Marijuana can have benefits for some medical problems such as multiple sclerocis and even the eye condition of glaucoma. Marijuana is also being utilized in drugs suppress appetite. Not surprisingly it is widely recognized as a pain reliever and has been used to support palliative care in cancer patients.
Medical research has been focusing on the medical benefits of Marijuana for some time. In Israel there has been increasing use of it and 9000 cancer patients are currently receiving forms of Marijuana in their treatment. The government in Israel has acknowledged there is the ambition to treat at least 40,000 more patients with Marijuana based medication in the next seveal years..
In terms of the Cannabis debates - looking at the pros rather than the cons it is clear that Marijuana is far less damaging health wise and socially than alcohol which is increasingly abused and causing serious health problems. Cannabis is not as addictive as alcohol or cigarettes and other drugs.
Safely extracted and used in different forms Marijuana has many great medicinal and health benefits. For instance it can be used in liquid and cream forms as healing lotions,
and soothing skin balms,
I was enlightened to discover how Marijuana has been used effectively to serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis by helping to reduce the muscle spasms and even slowing the progress of the disease. It is also used to reduce eye pressure which is a significant preventative of glaucoma. Another area of medical benefit of Marijuana is in mental health . It is being used to assist treatment of both Autism and in forms of dementia.
I hope that you have learned something from browsing through this general information on Marijuana and its changing identity in our culture - increasingly appreciated for its healing potential rather than its evil effects. Read on and discover the really miraculous benefits of another derivative of the Cannabis plant in the form of Hemp oil and Hemp products. Extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis plant , the more dangerous chemical of THC is reduced and the medical potential increased.