The Stoner Operandi: Marijuana – Part 1
With over 30 street names across the world, Marijuana, is one of the best known and widely used psychoactive drug on the planet. Some names other than the common pot, grass, weed, dope or joint are rather funny—Mary Jane, Ganga, Burrito, Boom, Gangster, Ashes! People love to feel the ‘high’ that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in the plant allows, when smoked or cooked and consumed. But is it a boon or a bane to the human biological and psychological system?
Since long, the medicinal properties of Cannabis have been in use. However, very concrete medical research and development has not yet explored the best of all possibilities. What remains known suggest that cannabis is beneficial to control and lessen symptoms in chronic illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS and the like. It is known to reduce vomiting and nauseating symptoms of chemotherapy, improve appetite in HIV/AIDS patients, muscle spasms and enduring pain issues.
However, the benefits of cannabis in treating psychiatric disorders are quite overwhelming. For example, Insomnia, a common sleep disorder, responds well to consumption of cooked marijuana (cookie or brownie) before bedtime. This is not considered addictive but has been established as a desirable medical measure to control the problem. Migraine, a disorder that involves agonizing headaches, has been observed to respond to marijuana treatment. The elements in the plant help to slow down the rate of neurological transmitters in the brain and induce sleepiness. Anxiety and Depression are the two most popular psychological problems that people suffer from, both in rural and urban areas. Marijuana’s sleep inducing and slowing down of thought process properties come in handy to find some relief for these twin issues. Moving up the scale of complexity in mental disorders, cannabis has shown legitimate benefits for Bi-polar disorder and many such mental health problems.
Long term effects of excessive marijuana consumption may result in weak immune system, injuries to lung fibers, brain tissue damage, incoherence in thought and actions, compromised sexual capacity and so on. But, on the contrary, with controlled doses, medical marijuana is a safer alternative to other dependency drugs. Quite often, complicated medication drugs interfere with each other and render undesired results. This is especially prominent where patient engagement measures are not apt and the doctor and patient have a communication gap.
In the present scenario, some countries have legalised the use of cannabis for medication purposes and others are joining the trend. Marijuana definitely deserves a better look and research for its potency in treatment. Just like any other plant, with some special properties (for example, mushrooms make one sleepy and yet it is perfectly healthy for consumption), marijuana is up for further speculation.
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