Marijuana users beware and do your research before you use marijuana as medicine!
The high may clear your mind or set you at ease. But new research details both the good AND bad of marijuana use.
When it comes to the effects of weed on your health, it’s true, there’s a lot of misleading information circulating around the Internet. So, in an effort to soothe the chatter, we did a little digging ourselves.
Marijuana has been used as medicine
Believe it or not, marijuana has many positive effects on your health.
In fact, researchers at Vanderbilt University found that cannabinoid receptors discovered in an emotional hub of the brain in mice soothed anxiety. It also impacted the flight-or-fight response. It could be highly important for understanding how cannabis exerts its behavioral effects,” Dr. Sachin Patel, senior author of the study, said in a press release.
When it comes to sickle cell disease (SCD) for example, many sickle cell disease patients use marijuana for its medicinal benefits, according to an anonymous survey by researchers from Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale University.
Acute pain is one of the main symptoms of SCD. It’s a genetic blood disorder. Numerous episodes of acute pain can lead to chronic pain in these patients.
According to the authors, SCD patients seek out and use marijuana for two reasons. They may want to avoid opioid use. They may also find that other medications are ineffective in relieving their pain.