Consumption of cannabis has increased since its legalization at multiple levels in different states. This has increased its demand and also calls for the assurance of safe practices.
Cannabis has been all the rage in the health and wellness industry. It has also become a key part of the beauty industry as well. With time, it is becoming increasingly hard to avoid its usage and importance.
Many states are opening social lounges for cannabis consumption. Delivery systems to provide cannabis on order have also become a possibility. Moreover, this is a solution to the dilemma people face as the laws for cannabis consumption come into play.
Consequently, some dispensaries have opened social lounges in the states. These provide a safe place for the general population to smoke without the fear of breaking any law.
As marijuana is gaining popularity and becoming a widely used phenomenon, many hemp users have sought community spaces to smoke and socialize with other cannabis enthusiasts.
Denver is one of such states that is poised to approve such practices as well. An article on Ganjapreneur gives details of the future proceedings.
What Is Cannabis?
Cannabis is an herbal drug we obtain from the plant Cannabis sativa. The plant contains over a hundred different chemicals that produce different effects on the body of the consumer. Also, the two most abundantly present chemicals are CBD and THC.
CBD or cannabidiol is an active chemical in the plant that gives it its medicinal properties. Contrarily, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychedelic compound that produces the “high” in smokers.
Cannabis is classified as a depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogen due to the different effects it produces. Daily usage can also cause a person to develop dependence.
Uses & Effectiveness
Research has proven cannabis to be effective for the following:
- Muscle spasticity in Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve pain or chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy for cancer
Moreover, there are many conditions for which the effectiveness of cannabis needs to be tested. Some of these conditions are:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Crohn Disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Parkinson’s disease
However, insufficient evidence has been gathered to support the role of cannabis in treating these conditions until now.
Side Effects of Cannabis Consumption
Being a depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogen, it comes with no surprise that cannabis consumption induces side effects as well. A few of those are mentioned as follows:
- Heart attack
- Increase appetite
- Paranoid thinking
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)
- Severe, repeated bouts of nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Change blood pressure
- Impaired mental functioning
In addition, repeated use of cannabis leads to dependence, which can cause Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). Those who develop dependence may experience symptoms of withdrawal when they quit using cannabis.
The withdrawal symptoms include:
- Depressed mood
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Decreased appetite
Effects of Cannabis on the Human Body
Regardless of its legality, it is essential to keep in mind the hazardous effects that cannabis carries. Moreover, legalization has increased cannabis consumption. However, it is everyone’s responsibility to know the risks it may have.
In addition, marijuana induces multiple effects on different parts of the body. Some of the organ systems it interacts with are:
- The circulatory system
- Nervous system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Immune system
Moreover, cannabis also mediates with dopamine release, slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and it may also cause memory problems. Therefore, scientists strongly discourage the consumption of cannabis during pregnancy.
Using cannabis during pregnancy can alter the development of the fetus. Furthermore, the baby may develop problems in memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills.
Safety Guidelines for Cannabis
In light of the repercussions, all consumers need to follow safety guidelines to avoid any kind of adverse health-related or social issues. Therefore, the advised safety guidelines are as given:
- Abstinence is the best way to avoid health issues related to cannabis.
- Avoid initiation of cannabis use at an early age.
- Prefer consuming low-potency tetrahydrocannabinol.
- Avoid using synthetic cannabinoids.
- Abstain from using combusted cannabis inhalation and give.
- Prefer using non smoking methods.
- Avoid deep inhalation.
- Avoid daily use of cannabis.
- Don’t drive after using cannabis.
Effects of Cannabis Legalization
A study published in the JAMA Psychiatry looked at the impact of marijuana legalization on the frequency of cannabis consumption. Additionally, the researchers observed that frequent use and cannabis use disorder increased more among older adults.
The study compared the increase among people in states where cannabis was made legal to those where it was still illegal. Moreover, among adults in legalized states, past-month increased from 5.65 percent to 7.1 percent.
Furthermore, the past-month frequency increased from 2.13 percent to 2.62 percent. Additionally, the last-year cannabis use disorder went from 0.9 to 1.23 percent.
Researchers also observed a relative increase in cannabis use disorder among adolescents in legalized states.
The legalization of cannabis brought innovations in the way of consumption. With the ban lifted, the fear of being caught while having cannabis in possession or while using it left people’s hearts.
However, the standing problem that remains is the laws regarding the areas where consumption is allowed. Furthermore, many states in the US opened safe spaces for cannabis consumers where they can enjoy using it without fear of breaking the law.
Denver is on its path to approving the bills that will allow for such services. An article on Ganjapreneur shares the details of these bills. Furthermore, one of the two bills allows social delivery services.
However, to avail of these, the applicants must meet the social equity qualifications that include living in a disadvantaged area or engaging with the law for cannabis offences.
Furthermore, the second bill introduces safe areas for cannabis consumption for the population. These include clubs, shuttles, and tour buses. This Denver program is intended to create positions that will support cannabis applicants most affected by the drug war.
Cannabis legalization brings with it great advantages in revenue generation. Therefore, it is only fair that the users of this legal substance are given a safe space for its consumption. Also, better and more access should be made readily available.