World Health Organization: Marijuana Causes 'Laughter and Talkativeness'
It is pretty well known that cannabis use can brighten your day, especially when that sativa strain you're smoking has a terpene profile with limonene for that added 'entourage effect!' However, stigma surrounding marijuana also promotes the not so accurate but understandable ideas of lethargy, laziness--think typical pot head character in movies that we are all too familiar with. Thankfully the current marketing of cannabis is becoming more accepted, hand in hand with health and wellness. (See our past post on the Gallup Poll's findings of marijuana use acceptance.)
Now, the World Health Organization is backing the positive vibes of cannabis as the world starts paying more attention. Similar to the prohibitionary standard of the U.S. government, the World Health Organization has never really been a friend to marijuana. However, last week in Switzerland, the WHO got together to conduct a first-of-its-kind peer-review of the entire cannabis plant, not just specific compounds. Their conclusion was that the cannabis plant is a relatively safe drug, causes no significant health issues, only euphoria, laughter and talkativeness.
Mike Adams for CannabisNow.com turned us onto this report, and cite some great points regarding the WHO report:
Not only is cannabis “safe,” according to the latest report, but also “it is not associated with acute fatal overdoses.”
Referencing a mega-study published last year by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which found no evidence of fatal overdoses from pot, the agency admits that the cannabis plant is not likely to leave bodies in the wake of widespread consumption.
The review goes on to touch on the subject of cannabis and its impact on the cardiovascular system. There remains a lot of confusion about whether smoking marijuana is a detriment to cardiovascular health. While some evidence shows there is no significant risk that pot consumption leads to cardiovascular problems, this is not to say it doesn’t have some effect. WHO found that marijuana users are subject to a slightly higher blood pressure reading than non-users. Yet, the agency says this eases up over time.
“With repeated exposure, tolerance develops to these effects, and, in some instances, repeated cannabis exposure lowers blood pressure and heart rate beneath the baseline,” the report reads.
As far as concerns regarding marijuana causing heart attacks and stroke, WHO says the evidence pointing to this madness is “weak.” But if there are increased risks, it is from “smoking.” Other consumption methods do not appear to bring about any problems.
“When novel drug delivery modes other than smoking become more widely available (e.g. vaporization, sublingual or oral administration), associations between cannabis use and cardiovascular events may become less pronounced, or even absent,” according to the report.
In small amounts, “cannabis smoking acutely improves airway dynamics and forced expiratory capacity due to the bronchodilatory effects of Δ9-THC.” But this only if the user smokes no more than five joints per month. Higher rates of smoking can produce respiratory problems. Fortunately, more non-smoking consumption methods are becoming popular in the cannabis scene. Edibles are predicted to become the next big thing on the legal market, which is a good in the grand scheme of respiratory health, according to WHO officials.
“Increasing use of vaporizers and other non-smoking modes of delivery is likely to reduce respiratory complications,” the report says.
With respect to the decline in cognitive function that some anti-drug warriors often give as a reason for leaving weed in the underground, WHO could find “no association between cannabis use and reduced cognitive function. The health agency adds that this means “the effects of cannabis use on cognition were reversible,” not permanent.
The report goes on to cover a few other topics from mental health to driving under the influence. WHO admits driving stoned is less of a risk than driving drunk, and that “the relatively low risk may be due to cannabis users overestimating their level of impairment and recruiting strategies to compensate for the effects of cannabis on their driving performance.”
But overall, the only adverse reactions the cannabis plant has on humans are “euphoria, laughter and talkativeness,” the report reads.
Information courtesy of CannabisNow.com.