14/07/2019

Therapeutic use of cannabis: what a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences claims

Therapeutic use of cannabis: what a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences claims

The Romans used to say "Naturalia non sunt turpia", nothing coming from nature can be morally shameful!

This is surely the best incipit for dealing with a topic that touches the matter of using cannabis.

The use of hemp and all the beneficial effects of marijuana takes root in very ancient times. A concrete example can be found in Bologna while taking a walk under the long porch overlooking Piazza Nettuno, where one of the vaults shows an ancient inscription, dating back to 1400: “Canabis Protectio” (cannabis protects)

The opinion on cannabis consumption is actually split by pros and cons, ethics and society but its effective therapeutic use is certainly known.

A recent study carried out by The National Academies of Sciences mainly focuses on the effects caused by the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.

First, however, it is important to highlight some fundamental concepts in order to thoroughlyunderstand the matter.

What is cannabis and how does it work?

Cannabis consists of two cannabinoids: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinol).

The effects of THC, the main psychoactive compound, depend on its concentration.

THC is responsible for the perceptible euphoria effect and for the great sense of hunger, also called "chemical hunger".

CBD has no psychoactive effects but has instead great relaxing properties, that’s whyit is considered "safe" gaining worldwide approval, day after day.

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