Marijuana (cannabis): Good or bad?
According to the National Institutes of Health, people have used marijuana, or cannabis, to treat their ailments for at least 3,000 years. However, the Food and Drug Administration have not deemed cannabis safe(can you buy weed online) or effective in the treatment of any medical condition, although cannabidiol, a substance that is present in cannabis, received approval in June 2018 as a treatment for some types of epilepsy.
Cannabis is being increasingly legalized in the U.S., but is it safe?
This tension, between a widespread belief that cannabis is an effective treatment for a wide assortment of ailments and a lack of scientific knowledge on its effects, has been somewhat exacerbated in recent times by a drive toward legalization.
Twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have now made cannabis available for medical — and, in some states, recreational — purposes.
published in the journal Addiction also found that use of cannabis is increasing sharply across the United States, although this rise may not be linked to the legalization of cannabis in participating states. Nevertheless, this rise in use is prompting major public health concerns.
In this article, we look at the scientific evidence weighing the medical benefits of cannabis against its associated health risks in an attempt to answer this simple question: is cannabis good or bad?
What are the medical benefits of cannabis?
Over the years, research has yielded results to suggest that cannabis may be of benefit in the treatment of some conditions. These are listed below.can you buy weed online
Last year, a large review from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine assessed more than 10,000 scientific studies on the medical benefits and adverse effects of cannabis.
One area that the report looked closely at was the use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain. Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability, affecting more than 25 million adults
in the U.S.
The review found that cannabis, or products containing cannabinoids — which are the active ingredients in cannabis, or other compounds that act on the same receptors in the brain as cannabis— are effective at relieving chronic pain.
Alcoholism and drug addiction
Another comprehensive review of evidence, published last year in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, revealed that using cannabis may help people with alcohol or opioid dependencies to fight their addictions.can you buy weed online
But this finding may be contentious; the National Academies of Sciences review suggests that cannabis use actually drives increased risk for abusing, and becoming dependent on, other substances. can you buy weed online
Also, the more that someone uses cannabis, the more likely they are to develop a problem with using cannabis. Individuals who began using the drug at a young age are also known to be at increased risk of developing a problem with cannabis use.
Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety
The review published in Clinical Psychology Review assessed all published scientific literature that investigated the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of mental illness.can you buy weed online
What are the health risks of cannabis?
At the other end of the spectrum is the plethora of studies that have found negative associations between cannabis use and health. They are listed below.
Mental health problems
Daily cannabis use is believed to exacerbate existing symptoms of bipolar disorder among people who have this mental health problem. However, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report suggests that among people with no history of the condition, there is only limited evidence of a link between cannabis use and developing bipolar disorder.
Moderate evidence suggests that regular cannabis users are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts, and there is a small increased risk of depression among cannabis users. can you buy weed online
Cannabis use is likely to increase risk of psychosis, including schizophrenia. But a curious finding among people with schizophrenia and other psychoses is that a history of cannabis use is linked with improved performance on tests assessing learning and memory.can you buy weed online
Although there is no evidence to suggest any link between using cannabis and an increased risk for most cancers, the National Academies of Sciences did find some evidence to suggest an increased risk for the slow-growing seminoma subtype of testicular cancer.
Regular cannabis smoking is linked to increased risk of chronic cough, but “it is unclear” whether smoking cannabis worsens lung function or increases the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma. can you buy weed online
that explored the relationship between cannabis use and lung disease suggested that it was plausible that smoking cannabis could contribute to lung cancer, though it has been difficult to conclusively link the two.
The authors of that study — published in the journal Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine — conclude:
“There is unequivocal evidence that habitual or regular cannabis smoking is not harmless. A caution against regular heavy cannabis usage is prudent.”can you buy weed online
“The medicinal use of cannabis is likely not harmful to lungs in low cumulative doses,” they add, “but the dose limit needs to be defined. Recreational use is not the same as medicinal use and should be discouraged.”
How To Buy Weed Online Safely And Legally… in the USA or Canada
As you are no doubt aware, cannabis legalisation hasn’t quite made it to Australian shores… but over in the United States and Canada, the process of buying weed has become much easier over the years.
Many customers over the Pacific are no longer limited to what is available at their dispensary, or whatever they can find in their local area; they can now buy cannabis online from the comfort of their home, without ever experiencing the trials and stresses of ‘getting on’.
Lucky bastards! We can only hope that a similar trend occurs, down under!
If you ever end up in one of these North American cannabis havens, you may not know where to start as a lowly Australian… so here’s the information you’ll ever need to help you safely and legally buy your cannabis online, without ever having to set a foot in a dispensary, or talk to a real person. All you’ll need is a postal address in a legal state. Pretty cool, huh?
How To Buy Your Weed When You’re in Canada or the Legal US States
Did you know that over 60% of Australians have smoked weed before in their lives? That can be quite surprising, considering that this is a majority portion of the population – looking around you in everyday life, you wouldn’t know it!
With more medicinal clinics opening up every day here in Australia, buying weed online may one day soon be a reality. can you buy weed online
In the USA and Canada, it’s just an everyday reality. However, if you ever end up in the land of the free, or the home of maple syrup, there are still some precautions you should take when you
Above all, you must take care when making your purchases. This is the only way to ensure that you’re receiving the best quality product that fits your needs. The tips below will focus on online purchases – although these rules may even apply when you go to a dispensary!can you buy weed online
Buying Your Weed Online in Legal North American Jurisdictions
When buying weed online in the legal jurisdictions in Canada or the US of A, the first thing to do is research the vendor/s you are intending to purchase from.
You can always check out community reviews for these sites and see what others have said about their experiences. If there aren’t any comments or reviews left by past customers, this could be a red flag – no reviews could mean they are not reliable or trustworthy.
The second thing to do is to check if your purchase is possible under the legal frameworks you’re operating within. If it’s not legal in your area to buy cannabis, or for cannabis products to be mailed to you, this could be a dead end.
USA map of states where marijuana is legal for recreational (dark green) and medical purposes (light green)
Figuring Out the Details of Your Order
If the site is reputable and will actually deliver your order, you can move on to hashing out the details of your order.
Ask yourself: what type of product are you looking for? A Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid? A specific strain? Does the vendor’s site offer your preference, or not?
If the dispensary offers only flowers, but you need waxes, this might be a problem.
It’s worthwhile to search across multiple websites for the product you have in mind. Some websites sell everything in bulk quantities; making it cheaper per gram than others.
Why It’s Better Than Going to a Dispensary
If you travel to the US or Canada and you’re thinking of purchasing weed, the biggest advantage to the internet is the lack of barriers for entry. It’s much easier than going out to a dispensary.
For people who are not US citizens or residents, this can be a blessing. It’s also extremely useful for people with mobility issues, or who lack reliable access to transportation (like a car, or public transit).
In fact, delivery services are beneficial for a large section of the population, since the consumer is not required to leave their house… and they can still gain access to all of their favourite products. With just the click of a button, it’s at their doorstep!
The Dangers Of Buying Weed Online… and Why You Should Be Careful
Marijuana business concept. Marijuana drug sales, revenue and profits in the growing medical cannabis. Cannabis leaf and Dollar banknotes
The dangers of buying weed online typically vary depending on where you happen to be located, and what type of products you wish to purchase. can you buy weed online
Since there aren’t many government regulations or controls over dispensaries and/or delivery services in some parts of the United States, practically anyone could be selling the product.
This is perhaps the most important consideration to take into account when purchasing your cannabis on the web. If you don’t make sure that you are buying from someone reputable, you place yourself at risk of receiving a bad product… or even worse, you could get ripped off and receive nothing in return!
This doesn’t make purchasing weed online any less convenient as a way of getting your favourite items delivered right to your doorstep, without the hassle of going out in public. Just do your due diligence, and research before you purchase – this is especially important as an Aussie in the weird alien world of North America. can you buy weed online
You may speak the language, but for all intents and purposes, you’re still a foreigner! Give the unfamiliarity you have with this environment some respect, and you should be AOK 🙂