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THC, CBD, and the Affects

As the nation slowly makes the transition to legalize marijuana, the substance becomes stronger and more potent.  The plant has beneficial qualities as well as negative ones. For healing and medical purposes, using the drug can comfort and relax a patient.  The risk for addiction is low, although still present. Side effects from different prescriptions are sometimes uncomfortable and possibly harmful.  Each person’s body reacts to substances differently. Cannabis side effects can include memory loss, cognitive fog, loss of concentration, and decreased motivation.  When the substance is consumed to ignore or forget life’s pressures, the individual is at risk of addiction to the drug. Commonly understood with many addictions, the reason to abuse drugs and alcohol can be stronger than the cravings.  


The cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the principal element for the euphoric feeling.  THC affects parts of the brain which control the function of memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, sensory, and time perception.  


The benefits of CBD, or cannabidiol, are to receive all the traits of THC without the psychoactive effects.  Patients in need of relief from inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, and seizures can use CBD as treatment. The effects could still include the altered functionality of memory, movements, concentration, etc.  


Cannabis plants have a long history of medicinal purposes.  For over 3,000 years people have used marijuana to relieve pain and anxiety of chronic illnesses.  More recent studies have altered the plant to make it more potent, less potent, or flavorful. Experimentation and study of the drug could lead to new strands and a better understanding of the uses.  

Long-term effects of smoking marijuana as a recreational product have not had enough research to support any argument of harm.  Driving while intoxicated and the risk of memory loss are the higher dangers due to inhaling the drug. Other opinions suggest cannabis is a gateway drug.  Using marijuana could encourage the use of other, more potent substances. The loss of motivation has also been seen with regular use. Daily consumption can interrupt productivity and mental health.  

Other ways to consume the plant are edibles or oils.  The food is digested and has a longer euphoric feeling than smoking.  When eaten, the feelings don’t set in right away. The effects of eating THC are experiencing the high for 6 to 8 hours.  Smoking cannabis only has lasting effects for 2 to 4 hours.

Anyone who uses cannabis for recreational means should consider and evaluate whether addiction is a possibility.  Finding more out about personal habits and having self-awareness will help a person understand the difficulties of addiction.  Resilient House is able to screen patients to find the most beneficial treatment. Call 833-change1 (833-242-6431) to discover where you stand.