The Miami Valley Hospital focused its efforts into a research that looks to unveil the potential negative effects that cannabis could have on thousands of medical patients. The researchers also want to promote the need for further studies that would show what are the long term effects of consuming cannabis. Also, if this plant bring benefits or, on the contrary, affects our body in a negative way.
Cannabis has been a part of the world’s history since much earlier than we imagined. It has been used medicinally and as part of religious rituals by cultures and societies before ours.
Currently, the medical properties of cannabis are again being studied as an alternative for the treatment of chronic pains. However, although in some countries cannabis has already been legalized, there are still many unknown details about it and its effects on the body.
Because of this, extensive research is still being done worldwide. This time, the focus is on the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in the United States. There, researchers seek to understand the possible relationship between cannabis and the mental health of those who use it.
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The relation between cannabis and mental health
Over time, researchers have been able to unravel some important details about this compound. It is known, for example, that our brain produces its own variants of it as a way to help us deal with bad memories.
We also know that excessive consumption of cannabis can cause the body to develop a dependency that leads to addiction. One that, at the same time, could be the cause of an overdose – it would not be fatal, but it could have long-term consequences in areas such as the body’s cardiovascular system.
Other unexpected effects of cannabis have also been studied, such as how it can influence male fertility and our offspring. It has also been found that its use is associated with a lower body mass index and with other alternative effects if ingested in the form of food.
The latest study focuses on the possible repercussions of cannabis on the consumers’ mental health
Now, researchers have focused on a new situation. This also appears to be common among cannabis users and is the emergence of mental health problems. In order to prove their theories, they have dedicated themselves to studying the 95,000 annual patients of the Miami Valley Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center.
In their first observations, it has been possible for researchers to detect close relationships between those patients who come in for other injuries but who use cannabis and also have signs of mental health problems.
Problems often faced by cannabis users range from anxiety and depression to suicidal thoughts. It also seemed possible to note that the incidence of these was higher when patients started using cannabis at an early age.
For example, some reported starting to use cannabis even at the early age of 6. In addition, other studies have proven the relationship between adolescent cannabis use and the development of depressive disorders in adulthood. In addition, their initial observations have shown that those who regularly use cannabis appear to have more anxiety episodes than patients who don’t use it.
Further research is needed to unveil the potential danger of cannabis
For the American research team, the next step is clear. Their observations give rise to justified concern about the regular use of cannabis and the effects it may have on human’s mental health.
They hope that their observations will motivate further, more comprehensive research. One that will clearly determine the processes through which cannabis is able to affect people’s minds in the long term. At present, this research is only one of many on cannabis. However, there is no doubt that its preliminary results confirm the need for further research of this kind. At least until it can be clearly understood the true extent of cannabis in our bodies.
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