The Health Benefits of Cannabis
Over the years, we have seen a drastic rise in the use of cannabis. Whether the general population is smoking or ingesting it, most of us can agree that it is no surprise cannabis, ultimately, became legal as of 2017 in the UK, before it was passed in 2018 in California. Whatever the case may be, studies have shown multiple results in exactly why people who smoke or intake, use cannabis. Regardless of the so-called bad reputation in which cannabis has developed over the years, we can admit that studies and scientists have proved its benefits to both an individual’s life and society.
According to a 2018 Business Insider article entitled, “25 Benefits of Marijuana,” there have been both medical and non-medical reasons why people use it. Some examples are for back pain, chronic pain, controlling epileptic seizures, and decreasing seizures and the risk of Alzheimer’s and bowel disease. It is straightforward too because people also simply enjoy smoking or ingesting cannabis for “fun.” Sides effects have been prone to show more positive results than someone who drinks an excessive amount. Unlike alcohol, smoking or ingesting cannabis shows an increase in appetite, mood, and often productivity where multiple users claim that weed helps them start and complete goals and day-to-day tasks.
Other studies have also shown the perks that cannabis has on one’s mental health. Although the comparison between mental health and cannabis is a controversial one, it is something that should not be fret over.
According to multiple sources and studies such as Research Weekly, claims are, yes, proven that if one does intake an overload of amount of cannabis, then there are the possible side effects of psychosis episodes. However, like everything else in the world from hobbies to what we eat and drink, overuse and excessive intake will inevitably make the body react. In the end, it is also the cannabis users’ responsibility to monitor how much they smoke and intake, especially on a day-to-day basis.
Furthermore, using cannabis has shown a decrease in one’s anxiety and depression, where individuals are said to feel ‘happier’ or more ‘relaxed’ after their usage. Another interesting factor is that cannabis has also shown results of protecting any head trauma that an athlete might have suffered, especially in rough sports such as football, boxing, and baseball.
Lastly, cannabis will forever have an ongoing debate if it is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ One aspect we can admit is that cannabis has yet to show any severe or deadly factors, including death itself when used. Cannabis is a freedom of choice; there is no so-called right or wrong answer for using it because it DOES have a less chance of impairing someone at the wheel--unlike drinking or doing drugs--to also not getting in one’s ‘way’ from living their life and going through their daily routine.
If anything, individuals just need to bear in mind when using cannabis - be certain to do so for your own sake and not the pressures by anyone, including society itself. Until then, cannabis is the way!