A new study released this month by the National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) has confirmed what most of us already know about cannabis, that is that it makes you feel good and it can be used to treat various medical conditions.
The US government currently holds the position that cannabis is a dangerous drug with no current medical value. The new NASEM study disproves that outdated notion, as many studies have before. So what does the study data tell us? Among other things, it tells us that cannabis can make you feel good, and that it will give you the munchies.
This study also reaffirmed that cannabis is a very effective painkiller, especially in the case of people suffering from fibromyalgia and arthritis. Cannabis is also very effective for managing seizure disorders, such as epilepsy.
There was some new data as well. The NASEM study showed that there was a limited connection between using cannabis and academic underperformance. It should go without saying that correlation does not equal causation. Cannabis could possibly increase chances of getting depression, but it’s also been shown to be effective in treating depression, so it probably depends on the individual.
Among one of the most telling things that researchers found was that there didn’t seem to be any link between smoking cannabis and developing lung cancer, an argument that legalization opponents have been using for a long time.
So overall, this study reaffirms a lot that we already know about cannabis, which is more fuel for the pro-legalization fire. It’s worth noting that many of the negatives results could not be confirmed by the researchers, leading them to conclude that maybe cannabis can increase risk for depression. It’s obvious that more research is needed.
Source: Business Insider
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