A great video to help you visualize/understand THC and CBD:
While more research is still necessary to understand the value and limitations on cannabis we now have a growing body of research that has shown the various therapeutic effects of medicinal cannabis including:
Continued future research could prove promising results in additional areas such as:
There are varying methods of consumption from:
This is a great question and largely comes down to frequency of use and method of use.
The CARDIA study tested the lung function of 5115 young adults over the course of 20 years, starting in 1985 when they were aged 18 to 30. They found the average user who smoked 2-3x/month was not associated with reduced lung function. They do caution that heavier smoking (>20x/mo) may result in a reduction of lung function, but still nothing comparable the damage seen with tobacco smoke.
In regards to cancer, Donald Tashkent, an American pulmonologist and professor of medicine at the University of California has researched the topic extensively and commented that:
“...the THC in marijuana has well-defined anti-tumoral effects that have been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of cancers in animal models and tissue culture systems, thus counteracting the potentially tumorigenic effects of the procarcinogens in marijuana smoke.”
Furthermore he states, " Although marijuana smoke contains a number of carcinogens and cocarcinogens, findings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk for the development of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use, although evidence is mixed concerning possible carcinogenic risks of heavy, long-term use."
So, as with everything the bottom line is moderation. If you are a regular user it's a good idea to look towards healthier alternatives to smoking such as edibles, tinctures, or using a vaporizer to help negate any harmful long term effects.
If you experience any of the conditions mentioned above and feel you could benefit from using cannabis I encourage you to speak to your doctor to learn if a prescription is right for you. I hope you've learned something and even if you don't use medicinal cannabis, knowledge is power! Getting to know the amazing healing properties of cannabis is another step towards reversing the negative association most people have around cannabis use.
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