The Health Effects of Cannabis – Informed Opinions

Enter any bar or public place and canvass opinions on cannabis and there will be a different opinion for each person canvassed. Some opinions will be well-informed from respectable sources while others will be just formed upon no basis at all. To be sure, research and conclusions based on the research is difficult given the long history of illegality. Nevertheless, there is a groundswell of opinion that cannabis is good and should be legalised. Many States in America and Australia have taken the path to legalise cannabis. Other countries are either following suit or considering options. So what is the position now? Is it good or not?

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The National Academy of Sciences published a 487 page report this year (NAP Report) on the current state of evidence for the subject matter. Many government grants supported the work of the committee, an eminent collection of 16 professors. They were supported by 15 academic reviewers and some 700 relevant publications considered columbian gold. Thus the report is seen as state of the art on medical as well as recreational use. This article draws heavily on this resource.

Too much of cannabis smog can adversely affect the blood pressure process and a person can even faint due to this effect. People having a history of such health problems like circulation and heart disorders, besides schizophrenia must totally avoid cannabis. Such people can have complications even if they become passive smokers. Habitual cannabis smokers suffer from lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchitis. Moreover
Therefore, the best way to avoid being a cannabis addict is to say ‘NO!’ to the drug the first time ever. There is always the risk of a habitual cannabis user taking to more harmful psychoactive drugs like cocaine and heroin.

The cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica, is also known as hemp, cannabis, and marijuana. Cannabis is nicknamed variously as grass, resin, dope, herb, pot, smoke, puff, weed, marijuana, and ganja, besides the hundreds of other names. Despite the bans, many youth have been found to be hooked to cannabis across the globe.

Cannabis has more tar as well as carcinogens (agents that cause cancer) than tobacco. It is to be noted that this drug affects the body more than alcohol, tobacco, and amphetamines. In fact, cannabis is more addictive than the aforementioned three popular addictive elements.

The strongest and concentrated form of cannabis oil is manufactured from the cannabis resin. The resin is dissolved, filtered and finally evaporated. In the United Kingdom, this oil is bracketed along with cocaine and heroin and is a drug under the Class A classification.
The cannabis resin is extracted from the cannabis buds as blocks. These cannabis blocks are then heated and crumbled when they become ready for use.

The hue of the cannabis resin can vary from green to dark brown. This form is popularly called ‘hash’, ‘soapbar’ or ‘black’.
The herbal form of cannabis is known as ‘skunk’, ‘weed’ or simply ‘grass’. It is prepared from the dried or powdered buds of the cannabis plant.
Researches on cannabis have thrown up interesting data. Take for instance the finding approximately 46 per cent of people in the age group from 14 to 30 have been hooked to cannabis even if temporarily. What is more, 50 per cent of these people have subsequently returned to the herb. Cannabis smoking has been found to be more popular then net surfing in the USA. While in the UK, as much as 78 per cent of the people held for drug related offences have been found to possessing cannabis.

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