Marijuana is a plant around which there has been a tremendous amount of controversy. It is known by a very long list of different names, including cannabis, bud, ganga, grass, hash, huo ma ren, mary jane, pot, weed, sinsemilla, sawi, marihuana, mariguana, esrar, gaga, dope, charas, blunt, and many others.
While it is considered to be an illegal drug or a controlled substance in many places, several others are legalizing it for medicinal uses. The reason is that because while it can be used recreationally in order to alter the senses or promote a sense of wellbeing, it is also an herb with several medicinal properties. The plant’s flowers and leaves contain a type of chemical known as cannabinoids, which have an impact on the central nervous system. It is those parts that are used medicinally.
Among the reasons that people use marijuana, aside from recreational purposes, are treating: nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy for cancer or appetite loss due to AIDS. That said, many believe that it also has properties that can help people with weight loss. Medical studies have shown that cannabinoids are at least as effective as certain common prescription drugs for nausea. They also have codeine-like properties for pain treatment. However it is not considered an appealing painkiller due to its side effects such as extreme sleepiness and its impact on the central nervous system. A growing body of research also suggests that it might help to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms and for glaucoma.
Due to its impact on the central nervous system, marijuana also influences the part of the brain that is responsible for appetite. While in many people, this helps to promote weight gain, particularly with serious illness such as AIDS, in others, many believe it can help to promote better appetite regulation so that overeating will be less likely.
That said, research to directly link the use of marijuana with weight loss is lacking and it is not prescribed medicinally for that purpose.
Moreover, it is important to note that this substance, while safe in certain circumstances, can cause serious issues in physical and mental health in children and adolescents. In those age groups, it has been directly linked with certain mental health issues such as addiction, depression, as well as panic and anxiety disorders.
While it is considered to be likely safe when taken orally as a prescription medication, and it is possibly safe as a standardized oral spray, there have been negative health implications associated with smoking it or taking the plant extract by mouth, including lung damage, among other health problems.
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