I was watching a documentary on cannabis last night (on BBC), and here are five of the main things I learned from it.
1. Cannabis is mainly comprised of two chemical components – THC and CBD. THC is what causes people to experience a “high”, whereas CBD does not have any psychoactive effect.
2. There is research to support the beneficial impact of cannabis on chronic pain. As for its impact on other health conditions like epilepsy, most of the evidence is anecdotal at this point in time.
3. Our bodies naturally generate cannabinoids, which partly explains why they have the beneficial impacts they do. That said, scientists don’t yet fully understand how cannabinoids work.
4. The most commonly used version of recreational cannabis is called Skunk (mainly because of its strong smell). It has a high content of THC which is what causes a lot of cannabis users to experience psychotic episodes (including paranoia and panic attacks). Used daily, Skunk can seriously increase the risk of psychotic problems.
5. In Israel, they have been using cannabis for many years, and regularly prescribe it. Doctors there are fairly well versed in its use (namely the right dosages). Especially with elderly patients and people with chronic pain, it’s one of their most commonly used treatment options.
Cannabis is becoming more and more mainstream, especially because of the researches that are finding out about the positive impact it has on some medical conditions. I know very little about cannabis, so this was enlightening.
For years we believed cannabis to be bad. But now it’s turning out that that’s not the entire truth. So it is important to examine, and even question, our beliefs from time to time. Because what we believe to be true and what actually is true aren’t always one and the same.
What do you think?