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The Risks and Benefits of Using Cannabis

While most people are familiar with the hallucinogenic properties of the Hemp plant, it has several practical functions as well…

While most people are familiar with the hallucinogenic properties of the Hemp plant, it has several practical functions as well. Hemp seeds are used in baking, the stalks are used to make thread and woven into fabrics, and dried hemp is used in making paper. Hemp is also used in making plastic, oil paints, and skin moisturizers. The most famous use for the hemp plant, however, is in making cannabis. Surprisingly, cannabis itself has a number of benefits. While these may or may not outweigh its negative effects, it is important to know what these benefits are before we debate the pros and cons of completely outlawing cannabis or legalizing it.

Cannabis is also known as marijuana and is notorious for its side effects on the human body. Its addiction is responsible for triggering many mental and physical illnesses such as depression, paranoid-schizophrenia, lethargy, and even infertility. Cannabis is a compound with about 400 chemical ingredients. Of these, the two most important ingredients are Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). The former is the most active of all ingredients and affects the brain, while the latter is the only component of Cannabis that is non-psychoactive.

What makes THC dangerous? Our bodies makes molecules called endocannabinoids. These are attached to certain cells and act as receptors to Cannabis and triggers off the hallucinogenic properties of the Cannabis plant. It is largely responsible for the addiction that many develop to Cannabis and for a number of neurological ailments.

While Cannabis harmful aspects cannot be overlooked, its medical use cannot be ignored either. It is widely used as a pain reliever by millions all over the world. People suffering from multiple sclerosis have taken Cannabis-based drugs with good results. Apart from being an effective pain reliever, the components of Cannabis have other medicinal uses as well. Recent studies have proved that THC component of Cannabis can actually be effective in the treatment of brain tumors.

Even brain tumors which have been surgically removed often grow back to threaten the hosts lives. To stop this, all the tumor cells have to be destroyed by depriving them off nutrients. THC steps in by killing the cancerous cells and stopping them from regenerating. Most importantly, THC only destroys the cancerous cells. How does THC manage this? The cancerous cells, like ordinary cells, receive their nutrients from blood. It happens when the body gets a signal from a protein called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) to allow the growth of cell. THC stops the VEGF from being produced and thus destroys the tumor cells. THC enables apoptosis or systematic death of cancerous cells. Further studies suggest that cannaboid drugs could help in lowering blood pressures and in the treatment of heart diseases, obesity, nicotine addiction, and allergies.

Despite the promise it holds, research on the benefits of Cannabis is rather slow. Cannabis is still viewed with suspicion and researchers do not want to get embroiled in legal issues. It surely is worth the time, money, and effort to invest in cautious clinical trials, which could prove a boon to many suffering from brain cancer. There is no telling what other discoveries researchers may make if they have the inclination to investigate the matter. While the illegal abuse of marijuana should be avoided at all times, we look upon the legal discovery of legitimate medicinal uses of cannabis with great interest.

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  1. antimatt3r

    On May 7, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    It has never been proven EVER that cannabis has caused infertility or schizophrenia

  2. dlannon

    On September 9, 2008 at 8:14 am

    your a druggy then ;~)

  3. ebinezer

    On September 16, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I don’t there any benefit in using cannabis, but I have heard its being used for medication. Does any intoxicated agent helps in medication?


  4. silverster

    On September 16, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Yeah there a lot of benefit in using cannabis. I allows a patient forget everything about this physical pain.


  5. zapper

    On September 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  6. Fay x

    On October 20, 2008 at 9:03 am

    you lot are all mugs basically, cannabis is worng, and you lot are rotters.

  7. Fay x

    On October 20, 2008 at 9:04 am

    wrong *

  8. cop

    On October 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Or possibly you are ‘wrong’ for calling people with fair views rotters! Each to their own!

  9. know it all

    On December 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    helps immune system
    not addictive
    lowers blood pressure
    balances nerve system
    amino acids- nutrients not found elsewhere (seeds)
    million others
    F@^K YOU KAY KAY narrow minded social monger

  10. JJ

    On January 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    This article uses marijuana propaganda as fact

  11. Bong Man

    On February 9, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Big up da bud!!!
    legalize weed !!!

  12. Bong Man

    On February 9, 2009 at 3:38 am


  13. ben

    On March 26, 2009 at 4:49 am

    cannabis has a negative steriotype due to a few tight government officals having this mind set. weed has been around for hundreds of years the romans smoked dope and they were at the peak of civilisation

  14. David

    On April 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Perhaps you should see some of the young and older men and women who present at our alcohol and drug rehab, and you might change your mind, that cannabis use doesn’t cause any harm

  15. ben

    On April 30, 2009 at 6:15 am

    look now days what does not cause you harm. Its been proven that small amounts of cannabis (non-hydroponic) with in moderation will not do you any damage. also this goes for the normal person anyone with a history of metal illness can trigger a negative effect. i personaly know many cannabis uses that have been using the drug for years with out phycological problems.

  16. Robert Ellison Smith

    On July 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    1) Cannabis is not an hallucinogenic. Ask anyone who is knowledgeable of cannabis.
    2) Cannabis is not intoxicating, it is not alcohol and cannot be compared to rotgut.
    3) Before anyone calls a person who ingests cannabis a “druggie”, please consider that booze is addictive, cigarettes are addictive, alot of the prescription meds are addictive, yet they are accepted in alot of societies and governments. Cannabis use goes back almost 20,000 years and was widely used and accepted as medicine, real medicine

    Prejudice and ignorance are the only evil drugs, the opiates of the masses.

    4) Cannabis is not addictive. There is no true, solid, unbiased medical proof that cannabis is addictive. So why is everyone concerned about cannabis being “suppposedly” addictive. Society accepts tobacco and booze, yet they are highly addictive and very destructive to the human body. No one seems to remember those bits of fact.

    Lastly, the individual who fabricated the “facts” of cannabis in this article must believe that the rest of us are mindless idiots who will accept loads of manure without question. Well we as a people are beginning to question the authority of these doctors and thier little helpers, the comic researchers and the propaganda that is vomited out by our government. It’s Reefer Madness all over again. Such misinformation, so many lies to protect the large corporations who have the money to bribe our government.

    The sad thing is that the entire farce, the drug war, is soley based on one thing and one thing alone, money. It all has to do with the enormous money that is generated by pharmaceutical, paper,alcohol, tobacco and all of the companies that support them. Of which a very large portion goes to government in taxes and surcharges.

  17. hammerlocker

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

    i think cannabis can have some benefits!

  18. hammerlocker

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    J J why do they use mariujauna as a propagander fact?

  19. hammerlocker

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

    maruijauna is an addictive drug and can harm people if they take it nearly every day

  20. hammerlocker

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    off the subject but i think nadine coyle who is in the girls aloud is fit if you want to find pic just google nadine coyle and get large images it is on page one in a gold and brown skirt and dress bending over.

  21. hammerlocker

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

    really look her up please!

  22. jamie

    On June 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm


  23. chris

    On January 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    i just wanna say that marijuana is a hallucinogenic

    legalize it

  24. Fay x faggot

    On January 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Cannabis poses both harmful and benficial aspects. It’s a personal choice, I find I am able to relax when I sit back and enjoy a nice bong rip or blunt from time to time. Im not an “rotter”, I do acceptionaly well in school, and I smoke weed! No need for dispute, if you are not in agreement, then troll the internet for other things that does not affect you!

  25. Kar

    On March 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    WE are not going away. We are not slack-jawed, dazed, glazed, unemployable psychotic creeps. We are pillars of society. You can’t run your computers, your fashion houses, your publishing houses, your damn magazines, you can’t do anything in culture without psychedelic people in key positions. And this is the great unspoken of American Creativity. So I think it’s basically time to just come out of the closet and go, “You know what, I’m stoned, and I’m proud.” -Terrence Mckenna-

  26. proud cannabis user

    On April 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Cannabis, in it’s natural form, is one of the safest theureputic substances known to man. Theres no risk of developing lung cancer from cannabis-only smokers, there’s no risk brain cell damage, there’s no potential for physical addiction and nobody has ever proven that Cannabis is related to schizophrenia deveopment or any other kind of metal disease. And guess how many people die every year from overdosing on Cannabis… zero because you would have to ingest so many times your body weight in a matter of 10 minutes so it’s impossible. The proof is out there!

  27. S

    On June 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    “I do acceptionaly well in school”


  28. Trevor Mercer

    On July 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Just take a walk into your local hospital at the weekends and see how many drunks are in there causing the staff upset never mind the cost to the nhs.Families watching young people dieing with liver failures and women beaten up by drunken boyfriends and husbands etc etc.Also take a walk to the cancer ward and see how many poor souls are dieing with cigarette related illnesses.Two drugs that are most addictive and destroying to our comunities tho seen its so called legal and ok the same people can call someone who sits at home and relaxes on cannabis watching tv doing no harm but get called a druggie,,lol.Im yet to see or hear of any cannabis user to be causing anyone any harm.Taking too much of anything is bad tho trying to get off alcohol and cigs is a nightmare once it grips you.

  29. Pamela

    On May 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

    This article is full of misinformation and government propaganda, rendering it not just useless in terms of legitimate information, but dangerous in its dissemination of outright lies. All of which is why those who let their government think for them just lap it up. Obviously, the author is one of those who cannot think for themselves and is pretending to write a balanced article. You cannot, however, write a balanced article when including false information to represent one *side* of an argument.

    Anyone who is interested in FACTS can easily do a search and learn the real history of both the plant, its uses throughout history and the REAL reasons it became illegal and remains illegal. Here’s a hint: GREED on the part of Corporate America.

    I’m always particularly entertained by those who think it’s a *sin*. Here is a plant that has amazing medical properties such as curing some cancers, relieving glaucoma pressure, relieving pain, etc., makes superior paper that requires far less chemicals and processing and is far more recyclable and lasts hundreds of years longer than wood pulp paper, makes completely emission-less biofuel, biodegradable plastic, superior fabric, restores the integrity of farming soil, removes radioactivity from soil (it has been planted around Chernobyl), the seeds are a superfood… name just a FEW of its uses. I would call THAT a gift from the same God those of you who let the government think for you say *hates* cannabis. Equally entertaining are people who assume to know what God thinks or likes beyond what has already been established….as if they are God’s personal confidante. As in….nowhere in any written record is there any indication that God either likes, dislikes, approves or disapproves of any use of cannabis whatsoever.

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