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Is Weed (marijuana) Good or Bad for you- Pros and Cons

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The debate over the healing benefits of medical marijuana is enduring. Many countries and states around the globe have active medical marijuana laws and the federal government of the US continues to classify weed as a Schedule I controlled substance. It not only makes weed or cannabis illegal to keep, but medical studies are also limited in finding the potential health benefits of medical marijuana. 

There are strong supporters on each side of the debate and arguments in favor and against the legalization of marijuana are hot topics these days. 

In this article, we will walk you through the pros and cons of weed or marijuana to help you determine whether it is good or bad for you.

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The Pros

Reduce Anxiety and PTSD

Weed smoking offers relaxing effects. According to the studies, marijuana is useful for people suffering from anxiety, post-traumatic stress or depression. However, no appropriate dosage and delivery methods are determined by the researchers. The compound cannabidiol or CBD found in the weed or marijuana offers loads of incredible benefits to people looking for the best substitute to THC (a psychoactive ingredient). It helps relax muscles and body to boost mood for reduced depression and anxiety. 

Healthy Weight Management

Do you believe that eating raw marijuana or weed seeds can help you maintain a healthy weight? Yes, these tiny seeds can help a lot in this matter. As marijuana seeds are tasty and filling, they are the best thing to include in diet for people looking to eat less calorie diet for effective and healthy weight management. These are also good for people looking to maintain their lean muscles.

Reduce Nausea and Chronic Pain

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Due to its pain-relieving properties, weed or cannabis is becoming more popular to consume. As there are 3 ways of pain acute, intense and chronic or temporary, it can stay on for days even for a couple of months. Opiates are usually prescribed by medical experts to people who endure pain. But the bad side of such prescriptions is that they can cause nausea and can affect the long-term user. On another hand, preclinical research proves that weed or cannabis is a useful substance that can reduce nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.

Helpful to People with Epilepsy

According to a study conducted in 2017, CBD oil (a substance obtained from marijuana) considered as good to reduce seizures in kids suffering from a rare type of epilepsy (Dravet syndrome). CBD oil was approved by the FDA in 2018 for the market. It was produced to treat rare types of epilepsy that are known as Lennoc Gestaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

The Cons

Marijuana Can Block Your Memory Formation

It contains an active compound that affects a specific part of the brain known as the hippocampus and changes how your mind processes information. It can have an effect on how your brain forms memories. According to a study conducted in New Zealand, people who were dependent to weed before they are 18, had a lower IQ level by the age of 38. The fresher your brain, the more negative impact weed or marijuana can have on how it processes information.

Marijuana Can Mess with Your Balance

Marijuana contains TCH that can mess with a particular part of your brain cerebellum, that controls the balance and other postures. Continuous use of marijuana has a significant impact on these areas of the mind to make you hard to talk and walk properly. It can also impact an individual’s ability to drive. That is the reason, weed or marijuana is prohibited in many countries and states around the globe. So, if you are taking it to treat some of the common medical situations mentioned above, you shouldn’t consume it before you drive.

Marijuana Can Lead to Panic

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As marijuana is good for some people to treat anxiety and depression, its continuous use has been logically linked to panic attacks and several anxiety disorders. It is shown in research that lifetime consumption of marijuana can end up with increased risks of panic disorders and panic attacks. Oftentimes, the link between marijuana and panic can be found in the amount that someone consumes. When they consume it more, the body builds a huge amount of THC which is difficult to process and sometimes can cause paranoia.

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