Good and bad benefits of marijuana?
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Good Benefits Of Marijuana?
Positive effects of marijuana are also seen in medical uses, however (medical marijuana). Marijuana is legal for some medical treatments in Canada and in parts of the US and Europe. Medical use exploiting the positive effects of marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Positive effects of weed commonly used for medical benefit include:
- Decreasing of inner-eye pressure
- Pain reduction
- Nausea and vomiting suppression
- Appetite stimulation
These noted positive effects of marijuana have led to its testing and use in a variety of medical conditions. Evidence strength varies depending on the treated condition, but the positive effects of weed are often used in treating:
- Cancer - specifically the pain, nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment
- Chronic pain - strong evidence for use in cases where other pain medications aren't working
- Multiple sclerosis (symptoms) - strong evidence for use for pain, muscle spasm and urinary problems
- Glaucoma - due to marijuana's ability to reduce ocular pressure
Bad Benefits Of Marijuana?
While positive effects of weed can be seen for medical purposes, there are many negative effects of weed to also consider.
Some of the main negative effects of marijuana are due to its illegal nature. Because marijuana is illegal, not only can people have legal action brought against them for growing, selling or buying marijuana, but users never know exactly what active compounds are in the marijuana they're using.
Major harmful effects of weed are seen when acceptance develops and marijuana is abused. Once a user become open minded to effects of a drug, they tend to increase their dosage, increasing the likelihood of marijuana addiction and the other negative effects of weed. The state of acceptance also indicates the user will experience the negative effects of weed withdrawal during periods of drug abstinence.
Other negative effects of weed include:
- Altered senses
- Dizziness, tiredness
- Reduced coordination and balance
- Anxiety, panic,
- Mood alterations
- Altered blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Tooth discoloration
- Skin rash
- Dry eyes
- Blurred vision
- Cough, sore throat
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"Most people who use marijuana begin to do so between the ages of 12 and 18. Many people first try marijuana because they are curious. Regular marijuana users may use the drug for a variety of reasons. For example, people use marijuana to help fit in at social gatherings, to achieve a feeling of expanded awareness, or to feel better when they are upset."