Effects Of Cannabis On The Body And Society

1438 Words 6 Pages
Lori Macintosh
Cannabis and its Effects on the Body and Society
Introduction
Cannabis is the name given to the medical and recreational drug prepared for use from the cannabis plant. Indigenous to Central and South Asia, it is known to have been used by ancient Hindus in India and Nepal thousands of years ago and has an ancient history of being used in rituals. Criminalization of cannabis in various countries began in the early 20th century. Cannabis is currently rated a Class B drug in the UK and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. United Nations estimate that approximately 4% of adult population (162 million) use cannabis annually and 0.6% (22.5 million) use it daily. Cannabis is often consumed recreationally for its desired
…show more content…
It is believed to have been involved in the plants self defence against threats, possibly herbivores. THC provides mild to moderate pain relief effects which in many cases has proven useful to patients suffering Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As it also has antispasmodic effects it also helps alleviate spasticity in MS patients. THC also has anti-sickness properties and is available as a prescribed drug under the name of Marinol. It has been approved by the FDA for refractory nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy and for treating anorexia in HIV and AIDs patients. It takes over an hour for Marinol to take full effect compared to seconds or minutes for smoked cannabis. It is well known that cannabis increases appetite and consumption of food. It is believed to enhance the taste of food as well as the pleasure value of food as well. This indicates that cannabis could possibly be beneficial to those with eating disorders. However, habitual use of cannabis can lessen the heightened pleasure …show more content…
It can pose many negative effects on a user’s daily life. Frequent cannabis users may see their work life suffer as cannabis is known to decrease motivation, this can have a major impact on one’s school or work performance and affects social life and cognitive abilities. Considerable evidence has suggested that students who smoke cannabis have poorer educational outcomes. It is connected to increased absences and decreased work performance. A person’s perception and judgement can also be affected; this can impair driving ability for approximately 3 hours after consumption. Studies have also suggested a link between cannabis and an increased risk of injury or accidents in the work

Related Documents