Many myths have arisen about marijuana, some of them have a cultural origin, some are founded on the conservatism of societies that, through religion, social habits, or even for the sake of simple economic interest (fear of alcohol being displaced by other stimulants), tried to burden marijuana with all kinds of bad. If we were to delve into the activities of many governments and concerns (e.g. tobacco) and follow their actions in the long run, we would notice that the support of official factors (support of a politician striving to stop liberalization of marijuana availability) or moral (support of religious circles promoting „purity”) society) was dictated precisely by the fear of losing market influence, and thus profits.
Marijuana and its healing properties
Something as natural as marijuana, and even more so medical marijuana, was thrown into one drawer of „causes of social pathologies” along with such a strong change of consciousness and at the same time devastating (both the consuming organism and behavior and social relations disturbing) with artificial substances methamphetamine or weaker amphetamine. What is even more strange, medical marijuana by some American politicians – unaware of the differences in the physicochemical effects of these substances – is juxtaposed with substances as dangerous for the body as the worst sort of cocaine in its form „for smoking” (the so-called „crack”) or methamphetamine, also in a variant for smoking (so-called „ice”, „crystal”).
Meanwhile, medical marijuana should not be compared with the so-called „Hard drugs”, especially with their synthetic form, such as dextromethorphan, which was supposed to be an antitussive drug, but when consumed for „recreational purposes” it can be an organic chemical compound dangerous for the nervous system and the liver. Studies from recent years prove that medical marijuana helps, among other things, in the treatment of glaucoma, by reducing very dangerous pressure in the eyeball, similarly in epilepsy, where it reduces the incidence of epileptic seizures, and in atherosclerosis, where medical marijuana reduces the deposition of atherosclerotic deposits in the vessels blood vessels.
Medical marijuana and the „attraction” to nicotine
Relatively, research has only recently begun to reduce the effect of medicinal marijuana on the „attraction” to nicotine. However, all indications are that medical marijuana is able, if not completely, at least to a significant degree to reduce the chemical processes occurring in the central nervous system caused by nicotine craving. Such research was undertaken, among other things, being aware that, both in Ancient Egypt and India, medical marijuana had analgesic and soothing properties, and therefore it was used as an aid in such ailments as eye pain, hemorrhoids, and gastrointestinal disorders.
At present, medicinal marijuana is extracted into butter or hemp seed oil, and especially the latter form is useful in reducing stress levels, and as you know, the latter is an inseparable companion of the so-called „Nicotine craving”. This is where we should distinguish between ordinary „pot” from what more and more countries around the world know under the name „medical marijuana”. In the leaves of hemp, as in any oil plant, there are about a hundred active substances, terpenes, esters and alkaloids.
One of the most famous of its psychoactive properties is the so-called „THC” or tetrahydrocannabinol, while medical marijuana contains primarily „CBD” or cannabidiol – an organic chemical compound that does not work like the psychoactive THC. On the contrary, CBD, which is a component of medical preparations, reduces the incidence of clinical psychotic behaviors, for example, as reported in the Current Psychiatry Reports from 2017, the increasing symptoms of post-traumatic stress were reduced in clinical treatment. Similarly favorable to medicinal marijuana and the CBD contained in it, the effects of several dozen studies were described in the scientific journal „Neurotherapeutics” from 2015, where the positive effect of CBD cannabinoid on the treatment of anxiety disorders (and those having various causes) as well as insomnia was proven, and thus also the „side effects” caused by the lack of nicotine.