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Do the Health Benefits of Cannabis Outweigh its Side Effects as Claimed?

Updated: Aug 4, 2022


When it comes to cannabis, numerous theories are floated, but there are some well-known benefits of cannabis for human health that have yet to be widely accepted. Several states have moved to legalize it as a kind of medical therapy. Although marijuana is currently legal in a number of locations, states, and countries, it remains illegal under federal law. Some states do not recognize medicinal marijuana usage as a form of treatment, yet users argue that cannabis is a culture to them!

These are some of the questions young people can ask before using Cannabis: What are the risks associated with using it, the benefits of using it for medicinal purposes versus recreationally, the best ways to use it, and whether or not it is addictive. Where and how do you get it? Can it be easily abused? These are important factors to consider before using cannabis.

Cannabis has been credited with helping with a variety of conditions, from easing chronic pain to lowering stress and anxiety. Some researchers have listed the following as some of its noteworthy advantages:

Reducing anxiety and stress level


Cannabis helps reduce the stress and anxiety levels of some youths. It helps them relieve their stress and even reduce depression. It reduces depression by acting on the endocannabinoid system of the brain. This is why it is proven to be such an effective alternative treatment for those suffering from anxiety disorders and depression.

Treating chronic, non-cancer pains


For many adults living with various chronic pains and ailments such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, non-pharmaceutical options are of importance to them. Cannabis is used to reduce pain, even in cancer patients as well.

Improved appetite and weight loss


Researchers suggest that cannabis helps appetite and weight loss for those hoping to do so. However, it isn’t a scientifically proven fact and so more research is needed to prove if that is indeed possible.

These are just a few health benefits of cannabis for youths. Cannabis has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of other diseases, epilepsy and glaucoma included. Sadly many states and countries still impose penalties on youths when it comes to the usage of cannabis. Don’t let that be you!


If you are considering using Cannabis, it is important to talk to a health professional, a guardian, or someone with knowledge of how healthy it can be used. Someone with an understanding of its various strains, some youths say some strains make them happy, some strains are calming and some strains of cannabis excite them.

These and more are the reasons why you need guidance on how to safely use it. They also may advise you on other treatment options if you are suffering from a medical condition that is treatable with cannabis. You may also speak with your healthcare provider for more information.



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