Guest Post By Travis, Thanks Travis
If you asked 100 people if marijuana is a drug you may not get a hundred answers; however, you would be guaranteed to get more than your fair share of opinions on the subject.
Whether you ask life-long potheads, businesspersons, laypeople, or stay-at-homers, almost everyone seems to have some opinion on pot.
So? Is it a drug?
I hope you’re sitting down, because yes it is!
Regardless if it is smoked, eaten, or somehow otherwise ingested; regardless if it’s THC or CBD, marijuana is a drug.
You may be saying your “I told you so’s” right now. Conversely, you may be furiously formulating your hate mail. Either way, let me explain myself.
Drugs are taken literally everyday by millions of people. Big pharma gets away with promoting several daily used drugs that are widely accepted.
However, mention marijuana and hackles rise. So why are some drugs accepted and others are not?
Dictionary.com defines a drug as (among several other things), “any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals.”
Marijuana definitely falls into this definition, no?
Mitigation of cancer symptoms and treatment of side effects sound familiar. What about this one:
“Pharmacology- a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of a disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.”
That’s marijuana if I ever heard it!
The question is WHY does marijuana enhance well-being? Why does it help millions of cancer patients world-wide?
The short answer is THC and CBD.
I could get into all of the plethora of cannabinoids that attach to receptors in your body and brain but this is not a science class.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychoactive effects.
CBD stands for cannabidiol.
CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. Both CBD and THC have the exact same molecular structure CBD doesn?t create a ?high? effect or any form of intoxication.
It is used medically for several things including anxiety, anti-seizure, PTSD, and pain relief.
As with any drug, side effects are possible. These can include: dizziness, in rare cases hallucinations, low blood pressure, and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and insomnia.
Studies are finally coming out with more information about cannabis. Stay informed!
So marijuana is a drug.
Unless you are a complete naturalist chances are you ingest some “drug” in your daily life.
Caffeine, nicotine, and sugar all alter your body chemistry and are therefore drugs.
You have to decide for yourself if the benefits of this drug outweigh the risks and side effects for you.
This is especially true if your state hasn’t at least legalized marijuana for medicinal use.
In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use: Congratulations!
Smoke some for the poor unfortunates in other states that don’t have your luck.
And, as always, Stay lit!