Sometimes, the most affordable and most efficient path to the treatment of certain medical conditions might just be found naturally, and in this case, in cannabis plants. But the promise of billion-dollar revenues from synthetic concoctions of medicines is reason enough to shut the public off from the facts about marijuana.
Here at Smokazon.com, we always feature both sides of the story to give our readers balanced views on the politics and the controversies behind the legalization of cannabis use. So, here are the three hard facts that we say, must be known to educate us and to shed light on some of the long held stigmas against the use of this potentially helpful drug.
There is No Lethal Dose of Cannabinoids
Unlike other psychoactive drugs like methamphetamine and heroin, cannabinoids are generally safer because cannabinoid receptors are absent in the brainstem areas that control vital human activities like respiration. However, it is important to take note that these cannabinoid receptors are present in other areas in the human body and not just in the brain and the rest of the central nervous system.
Thus, large doses of THC, for example, can lead to tachycardia, conjunctival injection, hypotension, extreme muscle relaxation, and even gastrointestinal discomfort. But beyond that, death resulting from THC Overdose is highly unlikely, although there are some unconfirmed cases of death associated with THC intake.
So, if there were fatal effects of marijuana use, these would probably stem from smoking the leaves instead of vaporizing them. We all know that, just like smoking tobacco, smoking other cellulose materials like cannabis leaves would also result in toxic chemicals released along with the active ingredients.
Here at Smokazon.com, we highly recommend that you vaporize the ground herbs instead of doing it the traditional way to maintain the optimum health effects of cannabis and filter away the potential dangers of inhaling toxic fumes produced by combusting the organic matter.
But for those who rather smoke marijuana, here’s the good news: Recent studies have shown that moderate smoking of marijuana plant material is not as dangerous as smoking tobacco in terms of adversely affecting the human body’s pulmonary function. Traditionalists and the purists would likely welcome this news with open arms. But still, vaporizing would just give you just the cleanest flavors instead of inhaling other potentially toxic fumes from burning marijuana.
Cannabinoids Have Low Addictive Potential
Yes, cannabinoids may be considered as some of the relatively addictive drugs, but when you compare the addictive potential of THC with other highly addictive drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, the addictive potential of THC is relatively lower. However, take note that the brain also develops tolerance to cannabinoids.
But let’s take a closer look at the word ‘addictive.’ When it comes to other obsessions such as addiction to gambling, games, sex, and even shopping, you begin to see a double standard to how we define addiction. Millions of people across the United States are addicted to nicotine, but the stigma against smoking is not as much as what is place against the use of cannabis. Yet studies have shown that the effects of cannabis are significantly lower than that of alcohol. A good analogy would be that you would more likely be caught in a traffic violation because of alcohol rather than THC consumption.
So, the bottom line is, cannabis has low addictive potential as compared with other prescribed drugs. In other words, our physiological dependence would be less when we use THC rather than the more potent psychoactive drugs.
Withdrawal Symptoms in Humans are Not a Cause of Alarm
In a more scientific viewpoint, humans almost never ingest cannabinoid blockers, and in turn, do not suffer from painful withdrawal symptoms from cannabinoid intake. Another noteworthy property of THC is that it is fat-soluble. That means it is gradually released from body fat, therefore spreading the effects of withdrawal over a longer period of time. This means that even the immediate removal of THC from the human body would not result in the rapid decline of its presence in the plasma. Thus dangerous withdrawal symptoms or extreme drug cravings are almost nonexistent among mild to moderate users.
On the other hand, water-soluble drugs can be very potent and sometimes fatal if taken in very large doses at one time. And when the body is already dependent on the drug, sudden cessation of the presence of such drug in the system would result in very painful withdrawal symptoms and, in some cases, death.
In terms of marijuana dependence, chronic users exhibit more aggressive behaviors from the third to seventh day of drug cessation, and such notable effects could continue to up to 28 days. For other users, the following effects would be observed but may vary among individual’s dependence, length of use and dosage.Other withdrawal symptoms include irritability, insomnia, restlessness, cramps/stomach pain, nausea, hot flashes, chills, sweating, depressed mood, and shakiness.
Here’s the real score, marijuana has already been proven to have many potent health benefits, and some of them are even effective against certain diseases like skin cancer and even seizures.
So, if there is one thing these pharmaceutical companies are not comfortable about, it’s the potential loss of revenue from their patented drugs that seems to be the only hope these patients have. But now that the legalization of marijuana use in under way across the United States, it’s only a matter of time that these facts will come to light.