Addressing Your Fears About Medical Cannabis

Addressing Your Fears About Medical Cannabis

Most fears arise due to a lack of understanding; that goes for the concerns about using cannabis as medicine.  But, what has become known as “cannaphobia” continues - addressing the fears about using this natural substance as medicine should help separate rumour from real science. With many patients having high hopes for its medical use. Researchers have now analysed dozens of studies on medical cannabis treatment - and found many knowledge gaps. 

Medical effect

Although Cannabis (or Hemp) has used as a medicine for thousands of years, its effect as an effective medicine is yet to undergo comprehensive research. The cannabinoid (CBD) does not cause any intoxication, but it is thought to be effective against inflammation, arthritis and nerve pain, to name but a few. It also dampens the symptoms of mental illness such as bipolar disorder and epileptic seizures.

The discussion about the legalisation of cannabis is highly ideological in Western countries, and that is one reason why a substantive examination of marijuana in medicine is pending: opponents demonise the substance, advocates praise cannabis as a panacea against everything and everything.

No side effects?

An American study of hundreds of users of cannabis suggests that prolonged use inhibits white blood cell development, weakening the immune system, and exposing those affected to various diseases.

Cannabis also seems to reduce the production of the male sex hormone testosterone so that chronic use could damage male potency. Just like alcohol, it breaks down the sex drive.

Does cannabis make you dependent?

The strength of a drug is classically different, among other things, whether it makes no, "only" mentally or physically dependent. Today, however, neuroscience shows that the strict separation between physical and psychological cannot be sustained: mental processes lead to biochemical changes in the body, changes in the psyche accompany physical processes.

The same is true of mental dependency: a person who feels mentally dependent on something shows physical symptoms - the body now emits hormones if it only thinks about the substance. Researchers in San Francisco assume that hashish in the narrow sense of the long-term physically dependent. Addicts would show the same withdrawal symptoms as with hard drugs.

Another unwanted side effect is the flood of information. In the long run, cannabis users can barely distinguish between important and unimportant information.

Cannabis can do a great deal and is also used more and more in medicine (you can find out what cannabis can help you here ). Although we are big fans of marijuana, we would nonetheless like to point out some risks and side effects.

Mental risks and side effects of cannabis use

The psychoactive substances of the hemp plant to have a strengthening impact on one's emotional state. So you can experience a rush from euphoric, relaxed, relaxed to depressed, panicked and confused. You may break old patterns and discover entirely new views. A hopeless entanglement and inability to think are also possible. Perceptions can be experienced more intensively, or you are in the sensory offside.

The particular variety also plays an essential role in the experience of intoxication. So Sativa varieties are mood-enhancing and exciting, indicia varieties instead relaxing and sedating.

Physical risks and side effects of cannabis use
While the couch neighbour relaxes well, many others experience tachycardia, nausea, dizziness and even circulatory collapse.

Tips :

  • Create a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Condition your thoughts on positive things.
  • If possible, do not consume alone.
  • Slowly adjust to the correct dosage. As with all drugs, the crowd makes the poison.
  • If the intoxication is too over-powering, you can mitigate it by eating.
  • Bodily long-term consequences

The smoking of cannabis causes, as with all burns, carcinogenic substances. The released materials are a threefold more harmful than cigarettes. Various oncological diseases can occur. A mixture of tobacco intensifies the adverse effects. An excessive and permanent

Use of hemp can temporarily negatively affect cognitive abilities. There are no indications of permanent brain damage. There are no known adverse effects on the hormone balance or the immune system. There is no substantial evidence of the harmful effects of cannabis use on pregnancy or the child, but one should refrain from unnecessary medications. In adolescent applications, delayed mental development may occur, but this is not proven. Except for medical and medically supervised therapies, on persons under the age of 21, should be avoided.

Mental long-term consequences

As a result of regular use, psychological and physical dependence may develop. The addictive potential in the classification is deemed as low. Some people, after long-term consumption, develop a demotivated attitude. 

The persistent claim that THC triggers psychosis and schizophrenia is not proven. It is indisputable, however, that for the development of these mental illnesses or disorders, independent of any substances, a predisposition must be present. In this case, various situations can cause an outbreak.

Substance-induced psychosis caused by high levels of THC is still possible, but this species is limited in time to a few days.

Tips :

  • Mentally unstable persons should refrain from any psychoactive substances.
  • Do not create a bubble, continue to surround yourself with abstinent friends and cultivate your hobbies.
  • Take breaks in the therapy to avoid tolerances and dependency.
  • If psychological suffering occurs in the immediate family circle, you renounce the consumption.
  • Keep the dose, duration and risks as low as possible.

De jure / de facto

Since 1st March 2017 medicinal hemp, and the resulting preparations, prescription. The long, cumbersome and often awarded way of obtaining a waiver via the Federal Opium Office of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices ( BfArM ) is therefore eliminated. The new text was relatively open by German standards, leaving the prescription at the discretion of the doctor.

Unfortunately, there are still some stones on the way to legal medicinal hemp. Due to a lack of knowledge, disinformation, insufficient studies and decades of indoctrination, doctors are understandably very insecure. So first you have to find a doctor who does not immediately fall into gasps. Should this hurdle be overcome, the doctor, although at his discretion, will be given a BfArM list of illnesses for which exemptions granted due to lack of personal or acquired experience. This list is right here mostly coincide with the listed diseases. That will be the case on its own, because it is not only at the discretion, but also the responsibility of the doctor to act to the best of our knowledge and belief. Should this curve be taken, we plunge into the nearest pharmacy.

From Berlin, affected persons reported having to cope with waiting times of up to 3 months due to delivery bottlenecks. Payment is in advance. 20 euros per gram. A surcharge of 100% for pharmacies is not uncommon.

No matter, you get refunded by the health insurance, right?

No, this has been the exception so far! Although the new law provides for a cost transfer, the health insurance companies point to missing long-term efficacy studies and are off the hook.

It could be so natural, so why not home-grown! But this is rejected because of the allegedly uncontrollable concentration of active ingredients and a lack of public interest. Considering the 58,000 deaths per year that are caused by prescription or unwanted medications, this rationale seems almost sarcastic. Uncontrollable losses of the pharmaceutical industry and lack of economic interest would sound more conclusive.

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