In addition to being the most widely-abused drug worldwide, cannabis has other benefits. Recent research has linked early onset cannabis use to impaired sustained attention, poorer overall intelligence quotient, and poorer executive functioning. Additionally, multiple studies suggest that cannabis use during adolescence is associated with structural changes in the brain, including altered cortical gray matter and decreased myelination of the white matter. On the other hand, some observational studies suggest that cannabis use can improve mood and affective symptoms in older adults.
In one study, 3854 patients with an AMI were assessed for cannabis use. While the incidence of AMI was significantly higher among cannabis users, there was no association with mortality. In addition, the risk of MI onset increased 4.8 times higher than in the control group in the first 60 minutes after cannabis consumption. Interestingly, the study also found that cannabis users were more likely to be male, cigarette smokers, and obese than non-users.
A small but significant study published in Clinical Psychology Review assessed the scientific literature about cannabis for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors found evidence for cannabis’ ability to ease symptoms of these disorders, but cautioned that there was not enough data to support a definitive link between cannabis and mental health. Despite the limited amount of research, however, there are still some signs that cannabis may reduce social anxiety. In addition, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a study that found regular cannabis users are at an increased risk of social anxiety.
Although cannabis remains a Schedule I drug, it is legal to grow and use for medicinal purposes in Australia. In some cases, cannabis oil is prescribed by a healthcare provider. Advanced practice nurses (APNs) and doctors can also write recommendations for its use. For example, cannabis oil may be prescribed to treat conditions that cause appetite loss. The drug has been used by doctors to treat insomnia and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. It is not legal to grow cannabis at home, but the Netherlands has a regulatory framework that regulates the production and distribution of marijuana.
There are numerous side effects associated with cannabis use. Smoking and vaporizing may not be a good choice for people with lung problems. Some underlying lung problems, including cancer, may be worsened by cannabis use. People with heart problems, chronic bronchitis, or asthma may develop an increased risk for lung cancer. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you should consult with a physician before using cannabis to treat your pain or other ailment.
The FDA understands the growing interest in the medicinal use of cannabis. Although the FDA has not approved cannabis for medical purposes, they have approved several drugs containing cannabinoids. Epidiolex is one of them. It reduces the frequency of seizures in patients with rare forms of paediatric epilepsy. With the Epidiolex approval, the cannabinoid research community is encouraged and hopeful. The scientific community has long acknowledged the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids, despite regulatory constraints.