Medicinal Validity of Cannabis

763 WordsJun 16, 20184 Pages
Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a hemp plant that originated from Asia. At first sight of the plant it looks quite bizarre and unusual. Cannabis can grow up to twenty feet tall with at least five leaflets that have sharp teeth like edges. Although the leaflets make the plant appear unappealing, the flower gives off a different message with its vibrant colors, ranging from light green to dark purple. Before any part of the cannabis can be absorbed into the human body it must first go through a process called “curing.” Curing is the process of drying out the leaves and flowers of the plant. Once absorbed into the body, you get a sudden feeling of relaxation and happiness, medically known as euphoria. The use of cannabis has been…show more content…
“Marijuana contains more than 460 active chemicals and over 60 unique cannabinoids” (Seamon et al. 1037-1044). Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds within the cannabis such as, THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). These two chemical compounds are responsible for more the majority of the active effects of marijuana. THC is more active in cannabis than CBD; it is responsible for the antiemetic affects and pain relief. THC is also the reason you get that “high” feeling that comes after digesting the cannabis. The last five years have shown a remarkable increase in publications on cannabidiol mainly stimulated by the discovery of its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and neuroprotective effects. These studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cerebral ischemia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases, nausea and cancer (Zuardi). Although users do not know how it works once in your body the cannabis is for anyone diagnosed with those illnesses or pains to anyone in those legalized (medical cannabis) states. Although cannabis does not compare to the harm of tobacco smoke, it still has some harms such as acquiring wheezing, coughing and bronchitis. But with a small transition of eating it or using a vaporizer, you eliminate all those undesired health risks. A vaporizer gives you all the vapor of the
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