The debate Around Medicinal Cannabis
It’s been a long, hard slog but public perception of medicinal cannabis is shifting. Where once it was associated with black markets, stoner culture and criminality, an ever-growing body of evidence is showing that cannabis can be used to treat a variety of serious medical conditions.
This potential has been recognised by some governments, who have legalised cannabis for medicinal use, and the World Health Organisation, which has released a report calling for more research into the drug’s therapeutic potential.
However, not everyone is convinced. There are those who argue that the evidence for cannabis as medicine is scant and that its risks outweigh any potential benefits. So, what’s the truth? Let’s take a look at the evidence.
There is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that cannabis can be effective in treating certain medical conditions. A 2017 review of the literature found “moderate evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain, and a growing body of research is finding that it may also be helpful in treating other conditions like anxiety, insomnia and multiple sclerosis.
That said, it’s important to remember that not everyone responds to cannabis in the same way. What works for one person may not work for another, and some people may find that they experience more side effects than benefits. It’s also worth noting that the research into the therapeutic potential of cannabis is still in its early stages, and more studies are needed to confirm its efficacy.
Cannabis also comes with a number of potential risks, which is why it’s important to speak to your doctor before trying it. These risks include dry mouth, dizziness, impaired thinking and, in rare cases, psychotic episodes.
So, in conclusion educate yourself as knowledge in this instance can be a powerful healing tool.