The Flipside: Positive Effects of Recreational Marijuana

 

 

In the past, Marijuana had such a negative connotation attached to it. It is often depicted as something terrible and should be avoided. It is the most often used illegal substance in the U.S., But as of date, many states are already legalizing the use of Marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.

Marijuana, also known as weed or cannabis is a psychoactive drug derived from the hemp plant. It’s legalization was surrounded with so much controversy and debate because both the judiciary and law enforcement have mixed ideas about it’s legality and effect on the general public.

If you want to try consuming Marijuana for recreational purposes and find out its benefits, you have come to the right place. We have listed below several proven benefits of cannabis use.

Cannabis can Help You Communicate Better

It is a proven fact that Marijuana can help you open up and socialize. It can help you reveal your thoughts and express yourself easier. The fact that you can easily exchange your ideas and socialize is a plus factor to those socially awkward individuals. For all your recreational needs, Hemper has got that covered. Check out their website and enjoy its wide array of recreational equipment.

Heightens Your Senses

Researchers and physicians have been conducting studies and tests on the effects of cannabis use throughout the years. A study conducted in 2014 confirmed that THC, the main cannabinoid caused marijuana users to have heightened senses.

THC achieves this by interacting with specific receptors in your brain. Areas of your brain, such as the olfactory bulb, which is in charge of your sense of smell, tend to bind with THC receptors to heighten your smell perception of your surroundings. As an effect the consumer will see brighter colors, hear louder sounds, and have richer taste buds.

Unlocks Your Creativity

Some users often state that they feel more energetic, artistic, and creative when consuming cannabis. Researchers have confirmed that cannabis use increases the cerebral blood flow of the brain’s frontal lobe. This trigger’s creative output by activating the brain’s nucleus accumbens, which is related to increased creativity.

Helps Relieve Stress and Anxiety

As a general rule, it is essential to have stress-reducing measures in our day to day lives. Not having these said stress relievers will deprive one’s peace of mind, ability to function, and eventually lead to depression. It is a proven fact that cannabis use can help you deal with stress.

It is said that marijuana use can induce a feeling of lightheartedness and a sensation of being carefree. Though we are just merely scratching the surface when it comes to exploring the benefits of this drug. Experts say that micro-dosing or taking Marijuana in low doses is a good way to go when trying to relieve stress as it lessens the feeling of being too high.

Relieves Chronic Pain

Cannabis contains hundreds of chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are linked to the relief of chronic pain. This is practically the reason why medical Marijuana is prescribed to patients who suffer from illnesses that produce chronic pain.

Helps the Fight Against Cancer

Recent researches have found that one of the most significant benefits of cannabis consumption is in the fight against cancer. Several studies were conducted, and it was found that Marijuana can slow and stop the spread of cancer cells.

Aids in Controlling ADHD/ADD

Patients with ADHD and ADD tend to have problems with cognitive performance and concentration. They often cannot concentrate and focus on the tasks given to them. Cannabis use has shown a lot of promise in helping patients with ADHD and ADD maintain focus on tasks given to them.

Slows Down Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that leads to trembling and stiffness. People with Parkinson’s also have difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.

It was found out that the THC in Marijuana controls the seizures and spasm caused by Parkinson’s disease by binding the brain cells responsible for excitability and regulates relaxation, thus controlling the tremors. Cannabis also promotes sleep in Parkinson’s patients.

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Takeaway

With all of these benefits, it is a mystery as to why Marijuana is still illegal in some states and in some countries. We can just hope that in the near future, concrete evidence will be found that will finally prove that cannabis use in regulation is beneficial to the world’s population.

After all the benefits listed above, it is vital to consume Marijuana in regulation. It is important to remember that anything and everything in excess is also harmful. Cannabis users must educate themselves. Do your research and remember to inhale the good and exhale the bad.

Ease Up on Cannabis Research Restrictions, Heart Group Urges

Scientific statement calls for lifting marijuana’s Schedule 1 status

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Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that it can be better researched, according to a statement by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Regulators should also start standardizing concentrations of THC and CBD content in recreational and medicinal marijuana, according to the AHA writing group led by Robert Page II, PharmD, MSPH, of University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Denver.

“A key concern is whether cannabis triggers or potentiates major adverse cardiovascular events such as acute MI and arrhythmias, as well as its impact on cardiovascular risk factors,” they wrote.

The still inconclusive evidence on adverse cardiovascular outcomes presents “an urgent need for carefully designed, prospective short- and long-term studies. Ideally, controlled trials of various forms and routes of administration would be tested, but rigorous study of recreational drugs remains a challenge,” the authors emphasized in a scientific statement published online in Circulation.

Page’s group noted that THC in marijuana is known to have multiple potential cardiovascular effects, as it:

  • Stimulates the sympathetic nervous system
  • Inhibits the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Increases heart rate, myocardial oxygen demand, supine blood pressure, and platelet activation
  • Associates with endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress

Meanwhile, CBD reduces heart rate and blood pressure, improves vasodilation in models of endothelial dysfunction, and reduces inflammation and vascular hyperpermeability in diabetic models.

“Because cannabis consumption increases myocardial oxygen demand and decreases myocardial oxygen supply, patients with underlying ischemic disease could see an increase in angina, particularly when cannabis is smoked,” the authors warned.

“Research on the cardiovascular health effects of cannabis is in its infancy and we need large prospective cohort studies to fully understand the ramifications of regular use of cannabis on cardiovascular health,” commented Salomeh Keyhani, MD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, who said she agreed with the AHA’s recommendations.

Growing use of cannabis over the years has been linked to alleviation of pain, cachexia, nausea and vomiting, multiple sclerosis spasticity, and epilepsy.

Yet mechanisms of delivery may tilt the risk-benefit profile of the drug.

The AHA group highlighted the risk of edible marijuana consumption in particular, due to the increased systemic absorption, slower time to onset, and peak effect compared with smoked cannabis.

Vaping should be avoided given recent concerns about e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury and potential impurities in products on the market, they added.

“All clinicians (physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, and others) need greater exposure to and education on the various cannabis products and their health implications during their initial training and continuing education, and they must be alert to the possibility that the use of cannabis or its potent synthetic analogs might be the underlying cause of severe cardiovascular events and pathologies,” Page and colleagues urged.

 

 

Problems Beset San Francisco Cannabis Equity Initiative, COVID-19 Aside

Righting the wrongs caused by the proverbial “War on Drugs” has been the catalyst behind numerous equity initiatives that have popped up in myriad legal markets in recent years. An excellent example is the San Francisco Bay Area-based Success Centers’ Equity for Industry Training workshop, which helps those on the margins enter the legal cannabis industry. Unfortunately, like other equity initiatives that have preceded it, the current pandemic notwithstanding, the program has been hit with roadblocks that could seriously derail its progress.

 

Founded 36 years ago by Superior Court Judges to provide education and employment opportunities to youth in San Francisco’s juvenile detention facilities, Success Centers has evolved to become an important presence within the various communities it serves, which include San Mateo, Sonoma and Alameda Counties. In addition to helping the disconnected and disenfranchised find work in various sectors, Success Centers recently added cannabis to its programming. As a result, the Equity for Industry Training was launched.

Though Success Centers was able to pivot to online and virtual events due to the coronavirus outbreak, problems have arisen. The funding allocated to a 14-week pilot entrepreneurship training program was secured with the caveat that it would not be divvied out to cannabis businesses, according to Liz Jackson-Simpson, CEO of the Success Centers. With the state of California having released funding to cities and municipalities to support their cannabis initiatives, the dichotomy is especially troubling.

 

“What is the equity community to do?” she asks rhetorically. “Where are they going to go to get free information and support?” Of the 1,300 disconnected youth and marginalized community members Success Centers serves annually, over 95 percent are low-income and 87 percent are people of color, with the majority being African American and Latinx/Hispanic, based on recent statistics gathered by the Success Centers team.

Perhaps because they have no other recourse, Jackson-Simpson said Success Centers has to adopt a wait and see approach when it comes to how the monies will be distributed and how much of it will be funneled to aid equity applicants and job seekers.

 

A recent proposal to put a moratorium on equity applicants is also unsettling. “There are approximately 200 equity applications awaiting approval by the City [of San Francisco],” continued Jackson-Simpson. “This backlog is largely attributed to the capacity in the Office of Cannabis to get them processed. While we are supporting the efforts to inform and prepare equity community members for jobs and the nuances of going into business, their ability to apply may be diminished.”

The Equity for Industry Training workshop provides informative sessions for equity applicants, job seekers, those seeking equity verification and small business startups who want to gain in-depth knowledge about the cannabis industry. Participants learn about the cannabis industry from seed to sale. Topics covered are the history of the sector and the law, creating a business plan and managing different aspects of the industry.

 

  Iris Dorbian

https://www.forbes.com/sites/irisdorbian/2020/05/19/problems-beset-promising-san-francisco-cannabis-equity-initiative-covid-19-aside/amp/