Diagnosed or treatment for the condition are not mutually exclusive. Respondent may have been diagnosed and treated for the condition in the last 12 months. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 12 Results from the —15 National Health Survey show a similarly high prevalence of smoking among people with mental disorders, and also show the extremely high prevalence of smoking among those with harmful use or dependence on alcohol or drugs.
Inthe British newspaper The Independent began a campaign to decriminalize marijuana use, describing it as a relatively harmless drug, eventually leading to the British Government downgrading the legal status of the drug.
Ten years later, the same newspaper published another article entitled " Cannabis: Rich Deem Marijuana cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in many developed countries. Under the impression that these benefits were substantial, voters in California and Arizona approved initiatives allowing the use of "medical" marijuana by patients under certain circumstances.
This paper represents a current review of the medical literature regarding the benefits and drawbacks of using marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.
CB1 receptors are found in the cerebral cortex primarily the frontal regionsthe basal ganglia, the cerebellum, the hypothalamus, the anterior cingulate cortex, and the hippocampus.
Although endocannabinoids are rapidly inactivated by the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase, exogenous cannabinoids, such as THC, persist for extended periods of time, resulting in the noted physiological effects.
Medical benefits of marijuana Anecdotal evidence for the beneficial effects of marijuana eventually led to the design of controlled scientific studies to examine the benefits of marijuana compared to other treatments.
A review of marijuana-related articles in the medical literature revealed titles on antiemetic properties, 56 on glaucoma, 10 on multiple sclerosis, 23 on appetite, and 11 on palliative or terminal care. Antiemetic anti-nausea use Early on, THC had been shown to be effective for some patients who suffered nausea from cancer chemotherapy treatments.
However, the narrow window between the anti-emetic dose and that which caused unwanted psychic effects made THC difficult to use. For this reason, physicians virtually never prescribe marijuana or THC as an antiemetic for use by chemotherapy patients.
However, in some trials patients did show an increase in aggressive behavior and paranoiac tendencies in a standard psychological test. Patients reported unwanted effects, of which were mild to moderate, including oral pain, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea.
Three patients suffered five serious adverse events, including two seizures, one fall, one aspiration pneumonia, one gastroenteritis.
Four patients had first-ever seizures. A minority of patients received some relief of symptoms. Glaucoma THC has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure in laboratory animals and humans who have glaucoma.
Appetite Regular marijuana users are aware of the phenomenon known as the "munchies. Several studies have shown improvement of pain at higher doses, 19 while others have shown no effect or a negative effect at higher doses compared with placebo. Initial enthusiasm for THC as an antiemetic or to reduce intraocular pressure has waned with the advent of new medications that provide superior medical benefits with fewer adverse effects.
The main success of THC has been found in patients suffering from AIDS-related wasting syndrome and in some cases in which patients are suffering from intractable pain. However, nearly all of these studies involved the use of controlled doses of purified cannabinoids, bypassing the adverse effects associated with smoking marijuana.
However, these studies have been limited to a duration of a few weeks to months. Another series of studies have examined the long-term effects of recreational marijuana use.
Dosage Problems One of the main problems with the use of crude "medical" marijuana is that the amount of THC in the preparations varies up to fold, depending upon if the marijuana is made from the flowers or the whole plant. The study found impaired structural integrity affecting the fibre tracts of the corpus callosum, suggesting the possibility that the structural abnormalities in the brain may underlie cognitive and behavioral consequences of long-term heavy marijuana use.
The study found normal responses both before and during smoking, but severely disrupted responses minutes later, 26 during the period of peak intoxication, resembling those found in patients with lateral prefrontal cortex lesions.
Another study utilized BOLD fMRI to examine the brain activation patterns in chronic marijuana users and matched control subjects during a set of visual attention tasks. Investigators hypothesized that marijuana users had lost some functionality in parts of the brain affected by marijuana use, which was compensated in other regions of the brain.
The long-term consequences of such damage was not assessed, since the average age of marijuana users was less than Another study examined the ability of day abstinent marijuana users to perform decision-making tasks, simultaneously measuring brain activity using PET HO.
The investigator concluded that heavy marijuana users had persistent decision-making deficits and alterations in brain activity.
Loss of IQ was not reversible once marijuana use was ceased. The results showed that early use of marijuana was associated with psychosis-related outcomes in young adults.
There is a tendency for marijuana users to go on to use other addictive drugs, following their initial experience with marijuana. Heavy use during the second trimester predicted deficits in the composite, short-term memory, and quantitative scores.
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Third-trimester heavy use was negatively associated with the quantitative score, indicating that prenatal marijuana exposure has a significant effect on subsequent school-age intellectual development.The Health Committee’s report Mental Health Effects of Cannabis commented. The DPFT, the Police and the Ministry stated that the potency of cannabis had not increased significantly over time.
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