There is a huge buzz going on about the legalisation of marijuana use. Advocates of marijuana argue that marijuana has many benefits and the public should be able to access it legally. While there are groups that vehemently disapprove and oppose to cannabis use due to some research findings. In many countries, marijuana is considered as an illegal drug. Its use is associated with low socioeconomic status, poor education, low IQ level, and poverty.
Marijuana, also known as weed or pot, originated from Central and South Asia. Its use can be dated back 2500-2800 years ago. Cannabis was a staple in many rituals and ceremonies. In Egypt, evidence of cannabis use in mummies from 950 BC was found.
With 2 opposing ideas on marijuana use, it is confusing which one to believe and which side to take. Let’s take a closer look at some of the facts and studies that were conducted on cannabis.
Arguements against Marijuana Legalization: https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/5-best-and-worst-arguments-against-marijuana-legalization.html
There are claims that marijuana is even more dangerous than cigarette, and it injures the lining of the lungs. This was proved wrong in a study that was published in The Journal of American Medical Association. Although, marijuana contains some of the chemicals found in tobacco, it was not associated with poor lung health. In fact, marijuana users have higher forced expiratory volume and forced vital capacity compared to tobacco users. These values are used to diagnose pulmonary disease. It stated in the journal, “With up to 7 joint-years of lifetime exposure, we found no evidence that increasing exposure to marijuana adversely affects pulmonary function.”
Joint Pain Relief
According to CDC, arthritis affects approximately 52.5 million people in the United States. For many years, this condition has been treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc. Taking these medications has been shown to take a toll on the gastrointestinal area and the liver. In an article published in CBC News, there is growing number of Canadians who are turning to medical marijuana in alleviating osteoarthritis pain. Although, research is still needed to prove marijuana’s role in joint pain relief, there is abundant anecdotal evidence on this claim. It is said that marijuana acts to inhibit the pain nerve activities in and around the joint.
Marijuana use has been closely related to low socio-economic status for many years. Meanwhile, others claim that marijuana use lowers inhibition and thus promotes creativity. There are opposing opinions on this subject. Lorenza Colzato of the Cognitive Psychology Unit at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition stated, “The improved creativity that [cannabis users] believe they experience is an illusion.” According to her, smoking marijuana could be counterproductive instead of sparking creativity. On the other hand, several studies proved that increased cerebral blood flow to the frontal lobe, increases creativity. According to a study that was conducted in 2000 and 2007, marijuana use increases cerebral blood flow, which in turn promotes creativity.
Marijuana and Depression
There are claims that marijuana helps alleviate symptom of depression. Experts say that marijuana use could be detrimental to mental health. In an article that was published in Harvard Health Publications in 2003, it stated that studies showed a strong correlation between marijuana use in young adults and depression. On the other hand, a study is currently being conducted in Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA), on the potential use of medical marijuana on depression. They found that animals with low endocannabinoids (a natural brain chemical responsible for motor control, emotions, cognition, and behavior) due to stress exhibited depression-like symptoms. Endocannabinoid is similar to the active ingredient of marijuana. The study is at currently at its early stage. Researchers have yet to make their conclusions on marijuana’s role in alleviating symptom of depression and its treatment.
Effect on Cognitive Abilities
Marijuana use and low IQ has long been associated with one another. Some sources say that marijuana use decreases cognitive abilities. Surprisingly enough, many of the smartest people of our time admitted to using marijuana. This includes Steve Jobs, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Francis Crick, Kary Mullis, and many more. In a study that was featured in Washington Post, the study that linked low IQ and marijuana use was challenged. According to researchers, the previous study that proved the relationship of marijuana use and decreased cognitive abilities has failed to account other confounding factors, such as other substance use and mental illness. Currently, there is no evidence that proves that marijuana increases cognitive ability and IQ.
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