Cannabis and Addiction
So you have heard of the medical uses of Cannabis to different illnesses. And now you are planning to try it on your ailment. Before you decide to jump on the first Cannabiss sold to you, get to know first what Cannabis really is, why was it banned in some states of America, and how you could benefit from it.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is derived from either Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica, which are all a form of Indian hemp plants. Marijuana is the term frequently use to refer Cannabis. Other term includes hash, grass, pot, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, and hooch. Cannabis belongs to the depressant drugs which means it slows down your central nervous system and the transfer of messaging from your body to your brain.
In fact, many people are using CBD for addiction and substance abuse withdrawal. In other words, CBD is helping people to cope with the painful experience of withdrawing from heavy opioid and other drug dependencies.
Active ingredient of Cannabis are as follows:
#1 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
This is the major psychoactive component that makes up to 30% of Cannabis and the one that causes you the “high”. THC doesn’t really occur in its active form and is only a part of the THCA (THC acid). However, THCA will be converted into THC when burned or heated.
#2 Cannabidiol (CBD)
CBD is another popular component of Cannabis which is mainly found in hemp. CBD have almost zero psychoactive effects and works as the opposite of THC.
#3 Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabinol or CBN is actually the byproduct of THC after it is heated or exposed to oxygen. CBN contains a sedating effect, though not as strong as in THC.
Terpenoids is another component which is responsible for the unique aroma and flavor found in Cannabis.
Is Cannabis addictive?
Based on the active ingredients found in Cannabis, the answer is YES. But, still the addictiveness level of the plant depends on how you use it. Heating or burning Cannabis will naturally convert Tetrahydrocannabino acid (THCA) into THC which causes the “high” or the toxicity. THC activates the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), THC affects the brain in such a way that it makes the person elated, ecstatic, and even numbness from pain.
High level of THC may cause addiction, impaired motor skills, and can even trigger symptoms of Schizophrenia and paranoia. However, studies have indicated that while THC gives you the “high”, it may be also responsible for the therapeutic effects of Cannabis.
On the other hand, CBD is the total opposite of THC in terms of toxicity. It doesn’t cause addiction and doesn’t react to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. However, it has one very important function; it works in concert with THC which means it boosts the therapeutic effects of THC while controlling its psychoactive effects. Not only in THC, CBD can also lessen the addictive effects of other drugs such as opioids and even alcohol.
Everything You Need To Know About Toxicity Of Cannabis
Many users of cannabis all around the world claimed that using it relatively safe. There is no such thing as over dosage of using cannabis. There is also a claimed that there is no known report of death due to cannabis overdose. However, report on toxicity on cannabis or hospital visits to treat overdose symptoms of cannabis has been increasingly prevalent these days. Did you know that marijuana (cannabis) is the most abused drug in the United States? Cannabis usage is very common especially among young people.
Cannabis Over Dosage
On its own, marijuana consumption is not life threatening but using too much of it can have hazardous effect on your health and sometimes, it can increase the risk of death. Generally, marijuana today is considered to be more potent compared to what it was a few years back. Users who eat edibles infused with marijuana may consume more than what is intended. Is it because, the marijuana found on this takes longer to digest and as a result, intoxication is delayed too.
So, how does marijuana overdose lead to death? Remember, when you take too much of it, you may be unaware of your environment. Sometimes, this can lead to accidents or falls. Apart from that, cannabis toxicity has always been linked with psychosis. This is a condition on which a person becomes disconnected with the reality and they seem to hallucinate things and situations which can lead to extreme paranoia and sometimes, an individual become delusional. During this psychotic episode, a person may put himself/herself in danger.
There are also cases on which you overdose yourself due to drug mixing. When you buy marijuana on the street, you never know if it contained one or more drugs on it. Some dealers lace marijuana with other drugs and will not inform you about it.
So, how do you know if an individual is suffering from cannabis overdose? Marijuana overdose symptoms are rare but it is always possible for people to be overdose. Here are the typical overdose symptoms you should take note:
- Mental confusion
- Panic attacks
- Increase heart rate (increasing the risk of heart attack)
When you recognize the signs of marijuana overdose, you can save someone from doing it over again. Of course, a person doesn’t try marijuana for the first time and overdose on it. Typically, an individual do casual marijuana use and then move to marijuana abuse. The biggest reason why people tend to get hooked with marijuana is because of the increased pleasure they will experience. Occasional use of marijuana is fine but not when you start to overdose yourself. What are the signs of a problematic marijuana user? Here’s how to spot one:
- Using larger amount of marijuana than intended
- Strong craving to use marijuana
- Failing to do work or home tasks
- Prioritizing marijuana over hobbies and activities
- Using marijuana during dangerous situation such as driving
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop using
The use of marijuana may be of treatment on some health conditions but not when you are overdosing yourself with it. If you know someone with marijuana overdose issue, finding treatment is important.
How To Clean Lungs from Smoking Damage
In the past year, about 8.6 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis and 154, 596 of these people dies from chronic lower respiratory diseases including asthma. Respiratory diseases are indeed one of the major threats to the health of many Americans.
Now, what really is chronic respiratory disease? Chronic respiratory diseases are the diseases that affects the airways and other parts of the lungs. The most common types of chronic respiratory diseases are asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.
Who are at risk of Chronic Respiratory Diseases?
In America, the major cause of chronic respiratory diseases in people is tobacco smoking. Smoking Cannabis is also another cause of this illness. Smoking is the most common way of consuming medical marijuana, and if you develop toxicity and dependency on it, it would be harder for you to let go of one Cannabis smoke a day.
However, there are ways to prevent stoner mucus and still have healthy lungs even when smoking Cannabis.
How to detox from smoking Cannabis?
While it is true that Cannabis can alleviate pain and other symptoms of your illnesses, it is also undeniable that smoking too much of it can also harm you. In fact, 3 joints of marijuana are equivalent to 20 cigarettes. The good news is, the damage caused by Cannabis smoking can still be healed as long as you change your habit of consumption. Below are a few tips on how to clean lungs from smoking damage caused by Cannabis.
#1 Exercise Regularly
We all know that when you consume Cannabis, you have also consumed its toxicity. And regular exercising is a great way to remove this toxicity out of your system. The United States Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion states that exercising for at least two hours and half each week can do wonders on your respiratory health; and cleanse your body with toxics through sweating.
#2 Do relaxation
Research shows that relaxation relieves stress and gets your mind off the need to smoke Cannabis. You don’t need to totally withdraw from Cannabis smoking especially if you are doing it for medicinal purposes. You just need to consume it in the right dosage.
#3 Healthy diet
Having a healthy eating habit is very important if you want to detoxify from the toxicity of Cannabis. Aside from that, the nutrition you could get from the healthy foods that you eat will also boosts your immune system to combat many respiratory diseases that comes with Cannabis smoking.
#4 Have a clean space
A home that is dirty and full of irritants will trigger asthma attacks. Make sure to maintain cleanliness in your home and other spaces where you usually stay. Removing household dirt and irritants is a good way to improve your health especially if you are showing signs of any respiratory illnesses.
#5 Make use of steam and essential oils
Humidifiers with essential oils will benefit your respiratory system by improving your airways and remove chest congestion. The essential oils will relax you while the steam will minimize the build up of mucus in your nasal passageways.
The Unexpected Link Between Cannabis and Sperm Cells
The famous quote “It takes two to tango” is very applicable when it comes to conception. In order for women to get pregnant, they would need the assistance of men, of course. Or in the world of science, for conception to happen, sperm cell of men must fertilize the egg cell of women. However, not all sexual intercourse results to fertilization of the eggs. While some can just blame to getting the “right timing”, others have more serious issue such as infertility.
About 17% of couples in the United States, or 1 in every couples are facing infertility problems. And in all infertility cases, 30% of this is about male factor infertility; so you can consider male infertility to be a real issue here. Male infertility can be low number of sperm count, low number of sperms in the semen, low speed of sperm to reach the egg cells, sperms that are too weak to withstand the acidic vaginal environment, cystic fibrosis, erectile dysfunction, injury in testicles, problem in ejaculating, and many others.
What Causes Male Infertility?
There are several factors that causes male infertility — from heredity to lifestyle. Below are the factors that causes male infertility.
- DNA and Chromosomal defects
- Problems with ejaculation
- Overexposure to chemicals that could harm the sperm cells such as radiation and other heavy chemicals
Treatments for Male Infertility
The treatment to be used for male infertility depends on the cause of the condition. Some requires surgery while others may only need a series of medication. Unfortunately, there are also some who can’t be treated.
Recently, the hyped brought by the legalization of Cannabis in many states in the US have also caused some clinical research and studies about the medical marijuana. And of these studies is the surprising link between Cannabis and infertility in male.
A research from Harvard University published in 2019 revealed that men who had experienced smoking or ingesting Cannabis have surprisingly higher number of sperm cells compared to men who have never tried Cannabis in their lives. CBD male fertility studies are also showing positive results. CBD oil or cannabidiol is an extract from a Cannabis variety called hemp plant. Unlike the active component of Cannabis called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t give you the “high” or toxicity. It also contains a good amount of anti-oxidants and cannabinoids. The components in Cannabis may have created a “kick” in the sperm cells into an overdrive opting to swim faster than normal towards the egg cells. These cannabinoids react positively to the endocannabinoids present in the male reproductive organ; thus, enabling the Endocannabinoid System of the body to fix any defects in the male reproductive system.