Specialists argue that cannabis may be used as pain relief, but, nevertheless, it may have other effects on people’s health. Until now approximately half of the US states have approved the legalization of medical marijuana. Meanwhile, eight more states and the District of Columbia have also legalized the drug to be used for recreational purposes.
- Researchers tried to determine the pros and cons of using marijuana.
- Nevertheless, they still need to gather more data to specifically state the health effects of this drug.
- Currently, about half of the US states have approved its legalization.
Nowadays, cannabis may be found in a wide range of varieties, some being more potent than ever. The industry of marijuana has developed and has implemented the use of leaves or oils which can be vaped. What is more, this drug has also spread in the gastronomic field due to the addition of marijuana leaves in candies, cookies, gummy bears and brownies.
A new report published on January 12 by the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine examined more than other 10,000 studies to determine what could correctly be claimed about marijuana’s health effects. A recent survey has suggested that approximately 22 million American adults have already used this drug during the last month. This expresses how popular the drug has become.
However, scientists do not have conclusive evidence which could attest whether its effect on people’s health is positive or negative. Based on the report, researchers could not reach to a particular result due to the fact that the federal drug enforcement agency imposes so many restrictions that scientists were unable to analyze the use of the drug accurately.
Dr. Marie McCormick, the chair of the NAS committee and also a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, claimed that to develop a rigorous study, they need far more data than they were offered. The report lists cannabis as a pain relief among other medical uses. When it comes to chronic pain, there exist proofs that patients who included cannabinoids or cannabis in their treatment managed to experience a pain reduction. They felt as if their symptoms slowly disappeared.
For example, adults who suffer from muscle spasms which may be related to multiple sclerosis proved to feel better after using cannabis. They felt a relief of their pain and their muscles relaxed. The short-term use of particular oral cannabinoids may determine symptoms like a muscular pain disappear.
What is more, patients who complained of vomiting or nausea due to chemotherapy proved to feel better after using marijuana which treated those symptoms.
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