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Cannabis has always been very popular for recreational use. In fact, it is thought to be the most commonly used illicit drug on the planet. However, in recent years its use for medicinal purposes is what has gained much attention in the press. Some studies have found it to be remarkably effective on illnesses, diseases and conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease. For this reason, the general public are becoming more curious about cannabis by the day. So we thought we’d share with you 5 fun facts that you might not be aware of.
Cannabis has three identified strains each one of them has different effects on our body:
The idea that cannabis kills your brain cells originated back in the 70s as a scare campaign when an experiment involving inhaling marijuana killed a monkey’s brain cells and finally resulted in its death. However, the study was hugely problematic. The monkey suffered from a total lack of oxygen while being suffocated by the smoke so of course it died. This made the analysis unreliable. Contradictory to earlier assumptions, more recent studies have suggested that medical cannabis can give some help to our brains as it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System which influences neurotransmission.
In fact, someone would have had to smoke over 1’500 pounds of marijuana in about 15 minutes to die from an overdose. It means that death from marijuana overdose is out of the question. Another is that marijuana can increase the heart rate, so it will not affect those who are unfavorably suffering from heart disease.
Neurogenesis is the term given to the growth of new cells in the brain. Dr. Xia Zhang of the University of Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s top research universities suggests that medical cannabis, also called medical marijuana, can have a positive impact on neurogenesis. This means that it could promote brain health rather than decrease it as we’ve all been led to believe for so long. More study is needed in this specific area, but the results do look very promising so far.
We may not have the awareness, but cannabis has a lot of history behind it. For example:
In addition to the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis, there are a huge number of other uses for the plant that you probably never knew.
Medical cannabis may be controversial and there are a huge number of misconceptions about it among the general population today. But we still cannot deny the fact that it has some impressive medicinal properties which have enormous potential to be used in the treatment of countless diseases, illness and conditions in the future. Yes, there is still a lot to discover more from this miracle plant. But all of the results so far are extremely encouraging.
The haphazard legal status of the drug across the United States has made its study difficult for researchers. It’s frustrating that research is slowed as a result. But more and more states are legalizing the drug for recreational and medicinal use, so we can be hopeful that research prospects will improve. This, in turn, could lead to major shifts in the way we treat some of the most serious diseases on the planet.
In the meantime, raising awareness about cannabis and all of its wonders is the best we can do.