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By now, most people are aware of the many medical benefits associated with marijuana consumption. Unlike alcohol, it is not a harmful substance but a theraputic modality proven to increase creativity, decrease pain, and amelioriate a wide range of diseases.

However, for young adults, there are additional questions to be answered. Marijuana is certainly not a panacea and must be used with intelligence to reap the maximum benefits.

Potential Complications with Marijuana Usage

While marijuana consumption is associated with a wide range of benefits, it also comes with a number of potential difficulties. For high school and university students, marijuana is well known for decreasing motivation. Young adults have less discipline and willpower, characteristics which are grown with time and experience.

According to a study published in Lancet Psychiatry in 2015, marijuana usage by adolescents is associated with adverse events in later life. However, this could be because people who smoke marijuana are often part of a disadvantaged socio-economic background, meaning they were already more susceptible to adverse later life consequences. Still, it does not bode well for marijuana consumption among adolescents, even if a causal link has yet to be established.

University and schools are places where these attributes are to be cultivated with grades as a feedback loop, but with marijuana consumption, grades can take a back seat to enjoyment and recreation. Multiple studies have been undertaken which demonstrate that marijuana consumption by young adults results in lesser grades and decreased life chances.

According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, high school and university students in Ontario are smoking more marijuana than ever before, and this consumption is leading to many adverse effects. As a result, these categories of persons should be deterred from creating a habit of marijuana consumption where possible.

Moreover, some people can have a negative reaction to marijuana. It is rare, but it does happen. Nervous system diseases are particularly volatile, and certain types of depression and anxiety can be made worse with marijuana consumption.

These cases are rare, but they do occur. Then there is the obvious issue of over-reliance, where people go overboard and smoke marijuana every day. Like sugar and alcohol, long-term over-consumption will have side effects and a mature approach is necessary at the outset. But with all this in mind, the benefits of marijuana certainly outweigh the disadvantages and most would do well to at least sample and explore the positive aspects of marijuana consumption.

So When Should I Start Taking Marijuana?

Obviously, people should start taking marijuana when they are of age, which is 18 in most legalized states. This is a minimum age where adults can start to exert willpower. But even then, marijuana should be taken in moderation, in order to relax and destress from a difficult work or home environment. If it is taken too often it simply becomes an addiction and the young adult may be unable to function without it.

The reality is that marijuana can be taken by nearly anybody, as long as they are mature enough to handle it and use it responsibly, much like alcohol. It is one thing to take marijuana on the weekends at a party. It is another to use it daily, with a high concentration of THC, through a water bong or consumed as a blunt.

It can be a good idea to take marijuana if you are involved in a creative endeavor such as singing, art, or writing. The herb will give you insights and added creativity.

Often, the ideas can come to a person while under the influence, but the ideas need to be written down and translated in a logical and coherent fashion. Practically everybody who has smoked marijuana has had brilliant insights and fantastic business ideas. But they lack the mature mindset and the discipline to translate this creativity into a tangible product or service.

There are specific instances where you should definitely not take marijuana. If you work at an office job which has an emphasis on productivity, then marijuana will simply slow you down in most instances. However, it could possibly be used by a manager or employee who needs to design a new product or put a new marketing strategy in place.

Marijuana For Medical Conditions

Marijuana has a wide range of therapeutic benefits, and it should obviously be consumed to treat specific medical conditions. Marijuana has been scientifically proven to help with diseases including Parkinson's, Autism, MLS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Stress, Depression, Arthritis, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Insomnia, and many more.

Many of the studies testifying to the efficacy of cannabis for the treatment of such conditions is publicly available on PubMed, an online repository of reputable journals provided by the US National Library of Medicine. The available research is overwhelmingly positive and brings into question why such a plant has been illegal for so long without any evidence of being a harmful substance.

If you are suffering from any of the above medical conditions, or a more general condition such as stress, depression, or anxiety, then you can consider starting to take marijuana. However, it is better to do additional research as to what strain is effective for a certain illness.

There are two primary compounds in cannabis which provide therapeutic benefits. The first is THC, which is what gives the herb it’s psychoactive effects. The second is CBD, which is not psychoactive, meaning that consumers will not get high.If you want to get good grades or need to maintain productivity in the workplace, then CBD oil can be a great option. It has many of the benefits of marijuana without inducing lethargy or slowing down mental activity.

Both THC and CBD work by stimulating cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The endocannabinoid theory of disease stipulates that all diseases have their roots in an imbalance in the cannabinoid system, thus providing a foundational basis as to why marijuana is so effective for such a wide range of diseases.

Each of these compounds is effective for the treatment of specific illnesses. Additionally, specific strains can be effective for particular conditions. There is a lot of room for experimentation within the new field of medical marijuana. People who are suffering from a serious condition or those who simply want to release some stress should definitely explore the possibilities, whatever age they may be.


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