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Is Medical Marijuana Safe?
With marijuana legalization spreading like wildfire throughout the states, it’s hard to believe that there are some downfalls to marijuana. But like every drug, cannabis has its faults.
Every medication has its pros and cons, and marijuana’s pros certainly outweigh its cons if used correctly. Marijuana is generally recognized as safe, contrary to the federal government still recognizing it as a Schedule I Drug.
Schedule I drugs are considered highly addictive and not known to have any medicinal benefits. With 37 out of 50 states legalizing medical marijuana, this is clearly a very out-dated way of thinking.
Risks of Marijuana
Although you can’t necessarily become addicted to cannabis, you can start to rely on it if you use it too frequently. This is the same as any other medication.
Marijuana use can also affect your coordination and reaction time, which could lead to a DWI or an accident.
When you smoke cigarettes or marijuana very often, you are consuming carcinogens which are linked to cancer. There is currently not enough evidence to associate smoking with lung or respiratory cancers, but they could be related.
Marijuana can also make your heart beat faster immediately after use. This could lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, or other vascular diseases, according to the CDC.
Regardless of how you smoke it, marijuana can affect your lung health. It can cause harm to your lung tissues and damage to small blood vessels, as well as an increased risk of cough or bronchitis.
The Good News
There you have it folks. Above are the risks of ingesting marijuana. It terms of reliance, you can’t become addicted to cannabis but relying on it is not ideal. Just like any other medication, it is a possibility. To avoid becoming reliant on your medicine, only take it when you need it.
Opioids are highly addictive and are the leading cause of overdose in the United States, so when you opt for medical marijuana, you avoid that possibility.
Next, marijuana can definitely affect your memory, coordination, and emotions which can cause significant harm if you attempt to drive while experiencing the effects of cannabis. To avoid this, do not drive while intoxicated.
As far as cancer goes, there is currently no significant evidence linking lung cancer to marijuana use. However, if you want to avoid inhaling smoke in your lungs to be cautious, you can take your medicine in the form of an edible or tincture instead.
Marijuana can increase your heart rate momentarily after ingestion, but luckily, this goes away within minutes.
Lung health should be a concern any time you smoke anything or inhale harmful fumes. If you want to watch your lung health, try alternative methods for marijuana ingestion, like edibles.
As you can see, each “risk” associated with marijuana has a way to avoid it or a way to make it safer. Marijuana and opioids are a night-and-day difference in terms of risk and negative side effects, and you can ask anyone who has tried both to attest to that.
Get Natural Relief
If you would like to try your hand at getting approved for medical marijuana use, we can help!
Marijuana is an all natural medicine that has been used for centuries as an aid for painful symptoms in both animals and humans. Over 30 states now have legalized it for medicinal use!
If you think cannabis could help you with your quality of life, there is a good chance you will qualify.
Reserve a medical marijuana evaluation online today with one of our compassionate, qualified physicians, and we’ll book an appointment for you just as soon as Mississippi’s medical marijuana market is up and running.
You’ll meet with your new doctor and learn what medical marijuana might do for you. Act soon to find out if you qualify for a Mississippi Marijuana Card. You’ll even save $25 off the cost of the evaluation!
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Helping you find health and wellness through safe and convenient access to medical marijuana is our primary goal at Mississippi Marijuana Card. We’re working hard to educate advocates and cynics alike about the unique benefits medical cannabis can offer, building an accessible informational library of all things Mississippi and medical marijuana in the process.
If you have any questions, we’re ready to answer them. Call us at (833) 781-6635, or simply reserve a medical marijuana evaluation!