Pro’s & Con’s of Cannabis News in MarylandCannabis, also known as Marijuana is one of the commonly abused illicit drugs in USA. It consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant. It is generally smoked or chewed for the euphoric effects. Now-a-days, many people are getting addicted to Cannabis. According to 2008 report by NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health), 15.2 million people were using Cannabis in USA. It translates into 6.1% of the total population aged 12 years and above.There are many adverse effects of Cannabis on health. It is important to create awareness among the people who are getting addicted to Cannabis without proper knowledge of its harmful effects. It has several short-term and long-term effects.Short-term effects: There are many short-term effects which can result because of Cannabis usage. They are:Somatic effects Cannabis has many affects on physical health. The use of Cannabis has many short-term effects including increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure, dry mouth, bloodshot eyes, increase in intra-ocular pressure (increase of pressure in the eyes), wet or cold hands and feet, muscle relaxation etc.Psychoactive effects Cannabis affects the mind, mood and other mental processes. The psychoactive effects of Cannabis can vary from one individual to the other. The main psychoactive effects of Cannabis are euphoria, increased creativity, sensation, perceptions and libido, short-term memory loss, anxiety, agitation, paranoia, nostalgia, trouble in learning and thinking, loss of co-ordination etc.Neurological effects Cannabis has many harmful affects on nervous system. Cannabis affects Cannabinoid receptors in the brain which are associated with reflexes, motor skills and attention. Cannabinoids inhibit the release of neurotransmitters in the hippocampus like acetylcholine, norepinephrine, and glutamate. This results in decrease in neuronal activity in that region. This ultimately blocks process associated with memory formation. Cannabis intake results in short-term memory loss and other mental disorders.Long-term effects: Cannabis causes many health hazards which people suffer for lifetime. The long term affects of Cannabis abuse are:Heart attack Cannabis increases the heart rate by 50 percent depending on the THC level. There might be chest pain after the intake of Cannabis, because of poor blood supply to the heart due to decrease in blood pressure. This might result in heart attack. There are reports of death in few cases due to the intake of Cannabis for the first time.Effects on lungs Cannabis smoke contains large amount of carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. Cannabis users hold the smoke in their lungs for longer time which irritates the lungs. The carcinogenic hydrocarbons present in Cannabis increase the risk of cancer. Cannabis causes cough, acute chest illnesses, lung infections, emphysema, obstructed airways, cancer etc.Effects on brain Cannabis has harmful effects on brain. Cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which influence thoughts, concentration, memory, pleasure, sensors, coordinated movement, time perception which are altered by Cannabis abuse. People using Cannabis may suffer from short-term memory loss, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression.Causes cancer It is said that Marijuana smokers are three times more likely to develop head, neck or lung cancer than non-smokers as the Marijuana smoke contains 50 percent more Carcinogens than the tobacco smoke. So, the risk of lung cancer is more among the Marijuana smokers.Many people are getting addicted to Cannabis without enough awareness of harmful effects Cannabis abuse. It is important to create awareness among the people who ruin their lives and careers because of Cannabis usage. It is better to stay away from unhealthy usage of drugs such as Cannabis which has many adverse effects on health.
Medical Marijuana - How It Can Help You
Medical marijuana has now become legal in fourteen US states including Maryland. A synthetic form of the drug consisting of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the active chemical ingredient contained in marijuana, a derivative of plant cannabis. The stems, seeds and leaves are all utilized and are usually brown or green in color.There are pros and cons for the legalization of medical marijuana and disagreement over using it rather than the natural plant. One of the arguments against it is that it takes more money to process it into a synthetic liquid or pill form while simple marijuana is easy to use via smoking or baking into foods and ingesting. Health conditions typically treated with medical cannabis include HIV/AIDS, cancer, stroke, glaucoma, nausea, asthma and seizures.
It has also been shown to be helpful in alleviating pain associated with muscular sclerosis and certain spasticity disorders. Many countries around the world have legalized the drug for certain medical conditions. Research is still continuing in the U.S. and around the globe in order to further refine the understanding of THC efficacy.
Some of the comparisons of smoking it directly rather than taking it in processed pill or liquid form include:1.It takes longer for the it to be absorbed by the body. This absorption can take up to one hour whereas smoking the substance will cause an immediate reaction.2. Because smoking allows an immediate physical reaction, a user can easily monitor his intake in order to achieve appropriate results.
Effects Cannabis News – Maryland
If a person has to wait an hour to feel the effect of a liquid or pill, there are higher chances of overdose.3. It has been reported to be more intense and include psychedelic side effects.4.
Smoking cannabis is much less expensive than the liquid or pill form.5. The liquid form of the drug is said to cause nausea so severe that many people can’t tolerate it and vomit before absorbing the THC. This is an unfortunate side effect since many are trying to control nausea in the first place.Side effects from the synthetic liquid or pill THC include anxiety, confusion, memory loss, unusual thought patterns, depression, restlessness, rapid heartbeat, skin rash and seizures. There may also be problems when combining this drug with other prescription medications.
A Holistic Approach to PTSD and Depression for VeteransMarijuana generally refers to the leaves and flowering buds of the Cannabis plant. It is a psychoactive drug and contains over 400 chemicals. Of them, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active chemical ingredient that produces short-term harmful effects such as depression, anxiety, distorted perceptions, memory impairment, and difficulty in thinking. Manijuana is mostly abused as it gives a feeling of high or euphoria immediately and can last for 1-3 hours.Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America. According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2008, about 15.2 million people were using Marijuana in US. Initiation or first time use of Marijuana is also high in US. The same report also states that around 2.2 million persons aged 12 or older used marijuana for the first time in 2008. This shows that there are about 6,000 Marijuana initiates per day.The use of marijuana has some adverse effects, especially on the brain and the body. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the harmful chemical to the brain and to other organs throughout the body.Impact on brain:When someone smokes or consumes marijuana, the bloodstream carries the active THC compound to the brain. THC in the brain combines with the cannabinoid receptors, which are mostly found in those regions of the brain, which control memory, thinking ability, and concentration. By altering the activities of these neurons, marijuana impairs a person's memory, concentration, and thinking ability.Reduces learning abilitySome studies have shown that marijuana adversely impacts a person's ability to learn. This can be more problematic for teenagers during their adolescence when their brains are still developing.Reduces focusAs the chemical in Marijuana combines with the neurons in the brain which control the senses like concentration, Marijuana intoxication causes distorted perceptions, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, less concentration, and short attention spans.Memory lossMarijuana users suffer from short term memory losses. As Marijuana affects memory receptors in the brain, it makes difficult for an individual to process and retain information.Impact on body:Apart from adversely affecting the brain, Marijuana has many negative effects on the body. In addition to the harmful THC, it contains carcinogens which can cause considerable damage to the respiratory and other organs. Some of the common ailments caused by the Marijuana use are cough, chest colds, emphysema, blockage of the air passages, bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.Chest coldsPeople who smoke marijuana often develop problems like coughing, phlegm production, and wheezing. Marijuana users tend to have more chest colds than others. They are also more vulnerable to lung infections like pneumonia.BronchitisStudies have shown that marijuana contains carcinogens that can act as irritants to the lungs. It has also been reported that Marijuana contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than normal tobacco. Generally, Marijuana users inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer, which further increases the lungs' exposure to harmful carcinogenic smoke.EmphysemaEmphysema is a lung disease that shortens the breath of an individual. Marijuana smoke contains many toxins that can destroy the lung tissues necessary to support the physical shape and function of the lungs.Bronchial asthmaTHC, the main active chemical in Marijuana is a fat-soluble substance and gets collected in fatty tissues in the lungs and other organs. Persistent usage of Marijuana can damage lungs and airways that may result in bronchial asthma.Apart from effects on brain and body, it has many negative effects on social functioning in the context of family, school, and work. Therefore, it is very important to be aware and understand the effects of Marijuana use on human body to avoid and deter the harmful drug.
Medical Marijuana Vs Synthetic - Differences Between the TwoThis is the first of a three-part series about the contextual influences modern society has on mood disorders and addictions, 2) the risks of buy-in, and 3) the possibility of soul renewal via (but not limited to)therapeutic cannabis use. Part I: The Addictive System "We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We're connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct." ~Elizabeth LindseyThe "addictive system" (1) is the elephant in the living room. Mood disorders and addictions, like everything else, do not occur in a vacuum. Yet we tend to miss the overarching societal 'space' when only focused on individual issues, like depression and anxiety or opioid and social-media addictions.What exactly is this context?It is an invisible psychological environment, the backdrop within which people are unwittingly succumbing to addiction or suffering mood disorders. The rise in antidepressant prescriptions and the number of suicides profile the growing dark side of modern society.It is a complex, interconnected web of public (government) and private corporations, aligned with the media in the marketing and advertising of information, products and services 24/7: a surround-sound cacophony of targeted messaging designed to shape both public opinion and an ever-stronger consumer mindset.Some call it propaganda.Intangible, psychological concepts are applied to marketing and sales, ones that supposedly drive all humans: the perceived need for: social status, safety, winning, the right image, having the best, looking good, gaining an edge, keeping up with your neighbor, excellence, being the first, etc. Advertising messages then weave-in the promise of helping the 'consumer' achieve one or another of these intangible goals when they purchase their information, product and/or service. The ubiquity of these messages in modern society have become normalized and even welcomed.How did we get here?, in early to mid-20th century, is most likely the person who set the bar for public relations and advertising in the U.S. He was the nephew to the well-known psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, and like his uncle before him, he believed in the predictability of the human unconscious when it came to the human and psychological motivations of self-preservation, security, aggression and sex.He transferred what he learned from his uncle to help launch his career in public relations and became wildly successful. Due to his efforts on behalf of the pork industry in 1915, bacon became a mainstay of the traditional breakfast. In the 1920's he make smoking fashionable for women by calling cigarettes "torches of freedom" to advance the tobacco industry, and established fluoride as indispensable to dentistry in the 1930's (a waste product of aluminum) for his client, Alcoa Aluminum. (2)Watch this video that says it all: Be InspiredStay tuned for Part II: Buy-in to the Addictive System at Your Own Risk. When Society Becomes an Addict.
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