The Pros and Cons of Weed
November 29, 2018
Marijuana, more commonly known as weed, is one of the most promising plant extracts available naturally. In addition to being a good recreational activity, smoking weed has been scientifically proven to have multiple health advantages also. It can be smoked or consumed depending on your preferences.
Plenty of countries all over the world have legalized the use of marijuana while some are already on their way. Its medicinal properties have overshadowed its bad reputations. Scientists are now bringing forth different ways of using weed so as to prevent and cure various disorders.
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the active components of weed, also known as cannabis. CBD is quite useful in multiple ways like keeping your internal organs functioning smoothly, preventing liver disease, and imparting a healthy glow to your hair and skin.
As of late, CBD has found its way into medicinal therapy as well. Cough syrups, tablets, and various other medications are witnessing the use of weed in order to improve the health of people as a whole. Having said that, weed has its own limitations too.
Although it is not as harmful as smoking cocaine, cigarettes, or heroin, overusing it has its own set of disadvantages. Any religious beliefs also speak against the use of weed. Let’s find out what good and bad is in store for mankind of weed is made common for consumption.
Medicinal uses of cannabinoid:
Cannabinoid and cannabidiol are the major components of cannabis known to impart certain important benefits to the human body as a whole. Due to its immense advantages, cannabis has even made its way into medicinal therapy in most countries worldwide. Here are a few of the many ways by which weed can positively influence your health.
Promotes heart health:
A recent study conducted on 10 adult men proved that CBD oil can largely affect heart health too. These men were given 600mg CBD oil each, while another set of 10 men was simultaneously maintained for comparison.
The results turned out to show that the former set of men had better heart health and a much healthier heart rate as compared to the latter set. This is because CBD reduces anxiety and inflammation, the two leading causes of a disturbed heart.
Reduces acne and skin disorders:
CBD oil is majorly known for its anti-inflammatory properties too, which show its effects on your skin health.
Acne is predominantly caused due to over-secretion of oil and sebum from the pores.
CBD oil works on your pores and controls the production of sebum and oil, thereby leading to a clearer face and a healthier and glowing skin.
In addition to reliving your face of acne, it even uplifts wrinkles, straightens out fine lines, and adds to the glow and beauty.
Addresses anxiety and depression:
Our brains are wired to experience a subtle calmness every once in a while. We tend to do much better when we allow our minds to breathe by giving them a break from the constant hectic schedule we put ourselves through each day.
Smoking weed occasionally has been scientifically proved to have multiple advantages in terms of battling anxiety and depression. This may play a small, but significant, role in the fight against mental disorders in the long run.
Weed is known to reduce tremors and spasms caused by Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Not only that, smoking weed even gives you a different perspective in everyday life issues thereby enabling you to try a different approach to solve your problems.
Smoking weed once every often tends to nudge the creative bone in you causing you to come up with unique ideas, especially if your profession runs off creative content. PTSD in veterans is pretty much stabilized by using marijuana. Nightmares and anxiety can also be controlled via smoking weed whenever you feel the trauma setting in.
Improves lung and liver health:
Recent studies have shown that smoking weed on an occasional basis reduces the onset of fatty liver by 50% in normal individuals as well as alcoholics. In addition to that, it even reverses carcinogenic effects caused by cigarette smoking on the lungs.
So, if you are looking to fill the void left behind by your cigarettes while you are on your way to quitting smoking, maybe weed can be a good enough alternative. But sue it sparingly and only until you can go on with your day without feeling the need to smoke.
The high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content of CBD boast of its pain-relieving properties too. CBD oil has been in use for pain relief methodologies since 2900 B.C. and continues to do so even today.
Painful inflammation is brought under control by CBD oil pretty well. Even chronic disorders like multiple sclerosis and arthritis are quite well addressed just by using CBD oil in the required quantities and in the right manner.
Soothes inflammatory bowel disease:
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil are enriched enough to soothe your gut too. So, if you are facing a setback from having a poor gut health or inflammatory bowel disease, consuming a little dose of marijuana will definitely help in this regard.
Even the latest medications designed for children have been known to include cannabis extract owing to its superb medicinal properties.
Keeps metabolism intact:
People who smoke marijuana on a frequent basis tend to be skinnier and healthier than compared to the ones who don’t. The reason is that marijuana speeds up the metabolism of an individual thereby keeping their body weight healthy.
In addition to that, weed smokers have a better reaction to sugars than others despite munching away on sugary snacks while they are smoking joint. All of this clubbed together comes out in the form of an attractive and healthy body.
What are the probable ill-effects of weed?
By itself, weed isn’t as big a threat as its consequences are. Using weed on a regular basis paves way for many more mental and physical disorders that only get tougher with time as you age. Some of the probable ill effects of using weed continually are as follows:
Gateway to drug use:
Tue that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are quite mainstream, and people are well aware of their consequences. And most people tend to stay away from drugs. But when they stumble upon weed, they understand that it has potential benefits.
Moreover, it probably has no chance of overdose or addiction. This only encourages such people to try on new drugs too. People who turn out to be cocaine and heroin addicts usually start out at a much basic level like using weed.
There is no scientific explanation to why one loses appetite due to frequent smoking of weed, but it definitely is one of its major results. Not only that, the aftermath of a lost appetite makes way for plenty other opportunistic infections an disorders. A considerable decline in immunity, rising acidity levels, and muscle atrophy are only some drawbacks to name a few.
Lethargy and fatigue:
This is a direct repercussion of facing a loss in appetite. Overuse of marijuana causes you to lose muscle thereby leading to fatigue and lethargy in the long run. Since being high more often hardly leaves you capable of doing any other productive work, lethargy is bound to happen.
Not only that, if you are a school or college kid or even if you belong to the working class, your productivity levels are bound to decline due to frequent use of marijuana.
Health goes downhill:
Lethargy is directly responsible for a constant lack of exercise. And when your appetite takes a beating, your diet tends to suffer too. Lack of exercise coupled with an imbalanced diet is the number one cause of an upturned health.
No matter how fine your lifestyle is, if your eating habits are not on track, your health will suffer eventually. Using marijuana in the right way will not only prevent these disorders form coming your way but will even reward you with ample returns in terms of good health.
Effects start waning off:
Most people don’t realize this that the more you smoke marijuana, the more you will crave it. In other words, your body starts becoming accustomed to your daily weed dose so much so that its effects no longer seem apparent.
In order to get the same effect, you need to increase your dose. This cycle continues to the point where you become a borderline addict smoking insane amounts of marijuana all day long. This, in effect, takes a toll on your life in multiple other ways.
Constant use of marijuana eventually leads to a loss of mental stability. One tends to lose control over impulses. Thinking clearly and taking decisions rationally becomes more and more difficult by the day.
Now this doesn’t happen if you are an occasional marijuana user. But, to see these effects on your mind, you need to be smoking or consuming weed daily and regularly for plenty of years, to say the least.
Is it possible to overdose on marijuana? What are its consequences?
Technically speaking, overdosing on marijuana is far from possible. Marijuana is, perhaps, the only drug known to man that sure does give you a high but in the best way possible. And it seldom results in overdosing or addiction.
However, this statement is made assuming you consume marijuana well within your limits. For someone who has been smoking since their high school days and continues to do so well into their 40s and 50s will surely face a severe physical and mental backlash at some point in life.
THC, the active component in marijuana gets attached to the THC receptors in your brain giving you the high. But if you find an alternative to the THC from marijuana, you can get that feeling even without smoking weed, and the best way is meditation. Meditation releases THC which gives you almost the same feeling as smoking marijuana but with added umpteen benefits too.
Other ill-effects of marijuana include not being able to handle responsibilities well, facing financial troubles due to smoking habits, being unemployed for a good chunk of your life, and lower life satisfaction, in general.
Not only that, people who smoke weed often may become quite impulsive with time. The cognitive abilities of the brain may start declining with frequent smoking of weed leading to impaired thinking, and lack of concentration and memory retention.
Also, the ability to make think clearly and make rational decisions also takes a toll. Unsupervised or irresponsible use of weed may also lead one to drop out of school or college. Most stoners tend to be unemployed and miss out on huge deals in life due to not being at the right place at the right time.
All said and done, marijuana is pretty safe to be used responsibly. Once you cross the limits, your personal and professional lives start suffering simultaneously while everything else that is important also takes a back seat.
Summing it up:
Ironically, the consequences of getting high too often from marijuana are more on the outside of your body than on the inside. You may not fall prey to chronic disorders, but you will definitely end up hampering your life in the worst and the most irreversible ways possible.
Stoners are generally known to be neglectful of their responsibilities. They seldom make good and reliable planners. Smoking weed often makes you lose track of time, thereby wasting productive hours of precious years that could’ve been utilized for their major benefits.
However, if you do find a balance between being mindful of your responsibilities and being aware of your recreational habits, there is nothing to worry about. Instead of using marijuana as an escape from the real world, it’s best to face it. So, go ahead and take charge of your cannabis, and life will turn out to be good to you!