With Colorado literally dispensing perfectly legal and recreational marijuana edibles, including rich chocolates and award-winning blueberry pie bars, it may come as a shock that, in some states, even the use of medical marijuana is highly contested. New studies show there are some very real, negative side effects of marijuana. Medical marijuana doctors, however, stand by cannabis as a treatment. What are both sides of the story?
The Downside: They Really Are Out To Get You
The main active ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, does cause paranoid, according to a new study. “The study very convincingly shows that cannabis [marijuana] can cause short-term paranoia in some people,” head researcher Daniel Freeman from the University of Oxford explains. “The researchers also found that the THC produced other negative mental health effects, including anxiety, negative thoughts, and lowered mood,” Fox News reports. Freeman adds, however, that patients can manage these symptoms with confidence and self-esteem. Happier, more positive people are less likely to experience these negative side effects.
The Case For It: Providing Relief When It’s Most Needed
The U.S. government actually grows pot. The University of Mississippi in Oxford grows federally regulated amounts of the plant for medical research. Why would the government sanction weed cultivation? Doctors who prescribe medical marijuana reveal that medical marijuana can help ease terminal cancer patients’ symptoms and reduce nausea from chemotherapy. The drug can also discourage episodes of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and help lessen symptoms for adults with ADD. Moreover, studies show states with medical marijuana doctors actually have decreased rates of teens smoking pot.
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, there have been approximately 20,000 studies about cannabis. Unfortunately, as it stands, only 100 focus on medical and therapeutic benefits in patients. Simply put — yes — marijuana can cause negative thinking and paranoia, especially in subjects already prone to these things. It can also help people dying from cancer, who may otherwise suffer from pain and nausea needlessly.