Medical marijuana is getting the same popularity as a magic pill, if not more. With a little research, scientists have collected a lot of evidence on the wonders it can do including mental health problems.
According to a study last year, people who used marijuana reported to have fewer symptoms of depression. Smoking marijuana alleviates signs of anxiety and depressive attacks within a short time. However, the effect does not work in the long run, and the symptoms appear again. This study appears online in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Scientists from Washington State University in Pullman conducted this study. They examined data from around 12000 people through a mobile application. The application enables medical marijuana consumers to keep track of apparent symptoms before the substance use. They can also note down the outcomes in the form of signs after cannabis use. This way, they can compare the two results, and the researchers used the comparison for their study.
There is little research on the effects of marijuana on depressive disorders. Most of the research is linking with the properties of the active compound tetrahydrocannabinol which is present in the substance. According to scientists from the study, the subjects under interest did not consume the product in lab premises. It was instead an observational study that allowed the users to consume the product in their comfort zone instead of a laboratory.
Marijuana with the adjusted ratio is helpful in managing the symptoms
Marijuana with a ratio adjusted according to higher cannabidiol (CBD) and low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was efficient in reducing depression-related symptoms. However, the long term effects turned out to be perplexing. They found that the signs in the long term aggravated.
In the case of anxiety, there was no fixed ratio required as in depression to alleviate the symptoms. Ten puffs were enough to lower the levels of stress in the users.
An important factor to acknowledge is the importance of both active compounds in easing the symptoms. CBD and THD both are equally significant in treating depressive disorder if the ratio is correct.
Gender wise, women encountered lesser symptoms of anxiety and depression in using marijuana in comparison to men. All these results point towards the fact that proper awareness and guidance to people is the need of the hour so that they can benefit from the substance.
Marijuana can also alleviate symptoms of chronic stress
There has been another research in 2015 in the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions. The scientists examined that endocannabinoids are associated with better moods in people. These are chemicals present in the brain and activate the same receptors as tetrahydrocannabinol.
On rodent testing, the scientists concluded that endocannabinoids are not produced in sufficient quantities in people suffering from chronic stress. THC could fill up the scarcity and hence could be used as a substitute for the chemical. Not only that, it might help normalize the chemical function and reduce depressive disorder symptoms.
Are the effects only short term?
A little evidence is present to prove that cannabis can be used as an antidepressant. However, there are some significant loopholes in this evidence. According to a phenomenon Amotivational Syndrome, people who consume marijuana lose empathic skills. Moreover, they tend to isolate themselves and have a lesser than average capability to carry out daily activities.
So even though marijuana shortly treats the apparent signs of depressive disorders, it lacks the tendency to provide a permanent cure. Also, scientists suggest adopting to vaping as it is less harmful than smoking.
There is a dire need for all organizations and researching bodies to sit on a table and have an extended framework for research. With more states legalizing the medical marijuana laws and decriminalizing possession, there is a hope that scientists will dive deeper into looking multi dimensionally into the problem. This way they will be able to find ways to improvise the potential of the substance for the treatment of depression.
United Kingdom has still a long way to go before legalizing cannabis in the country
Though the United Kingdom is in favor of cannabis legalization, it is still illegal in the country. Let us go through the marijuana sector of the United Kingdom.
Some facts about cannabis consumption in the United Kingdom
The people residing in the United Kingdom strongly favor the legalization of cannabis. But it is limited only to the back door market. There are more than 2.5 million cannabis users in the UK who buy it illegally as reported by the Cannabis Consultancy Prohibition Partners. It makes up almost 4% of the total population of the United Kingdom carrying a worth of more than £5 billion.
It is important to note that 22% of the country’s population smokes tobacco, which makes up the revenue of almost £18 billion annually. Whereas, 60% population of the country drinks alcohol regularly ranging a worth of almost £68 billion.
Legalization of cannabis in the United Kingdom
In 2018, the UK legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The major reason behind its regulation was many high-profile cases of epilepsy in children came to light. Cannabis-related medications became the pain reliever for those patients suffering from such high profile epilepsy cases. Still, the use of cannabis for medical purposes is extremely less.
Only the specialist consultant from General Hospital can prescribe it. The UK also allowed hemp oil and CBD, containing less than 0.2% THC, in the country. But a medical license is mandatory for using them too.
Which country is the largest exporter and producer of legal marijuana across the globe?
Although the stance of the government of the United Kingdom is much strict for cannabis users, it is the largest exporter as well as the largest producer of legal medical marijuana in the world according to the reports of United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. This clearly shows that the UK exports all the legal cannabis products manufactured by the country.
There are only two products of medical marijuana in the UK that have a license. One is Sativex which is produced by GW Pharmaceuticals and the other one is Nabilone owned by Eli Lilly.
The contradictory policy of the United Kingdom
It is evident from all the facts mentioned above that the government of the United Kingdom is still confused about whether to legalize marijuana in the country or not. While it is the largest exporter and producer of cannabis, it is very tough for patients of the country to have access to the products of medical cannabis.
This shows the sanctimonious face of the country and it would probably cause difficulties for the cannabis industry in England including the monopoly of licensed manufacturers, high cost and barriers for the new entrants.
Some top-notch stocks of the United Kingdom
Though there are many difficulties for marijuana companies in the UK, there is a large range of public companies. According to the London Stock Exchange, most companies have other side businesses too other than cannabis. Some top cannabis stocks of the United Kingdom are GW Pharmaceuticals, Futura Medical, Integumen, AfriAg, and Sunrise Resources.
New Jersey still waiting to Regulate Cannabis for Recreational Purposes
The members of the Senate of New Jersey were going to vote on the bill of expungement on September 12. This bill was related to the convicts of marijuana and also involved some recommendations from Governor Philip D. Murphy.
But, as mentioned by one of the articles of NJ Advance Media, Senators including Teresa Ruiz, Sandra Cunningham and Stephen Sweeney, the President of the Senate of New Jersey, launched a new legislation. In light of the article, the new legislation will widen the restrictions on the offenders charged with cannabis-related offenses to entreat expungement.
But the bill could not pass because the Democrats failed to gather enough support in the Senate on 12th September.
History of marijuana legalization in New Jersey
In New Jersey, only medical cannabis is legal yet. Though Governor Philip D. Murphy along with other Democrats tried several times to regulate recreational cannabis, they failed to gather enough support to pass the bill.
Governor Corzine signed the Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act of New Jersey in 2010 to regulate marijuana for patients suffering from chronic illness. This year, Governor Philip Murphy passed the Jake Honig Law. This law relieved the restrictions including the amount of medical marijuana any patient could buy and the number of visits to physicians required to purchase it.
For recreational marijuana, Senator Scutari first launched a bill on 17th May to regulate adult-use marijuana. But the Governor of New Jersey at that time, Chris Christie, opposed this legalization. As a consequence, the bill rejected. When Murphy was elected as the Governor of New Jersey, he launched a campaign to regulate marijuana in the state. Governor Philip Murphy had full control of the Democrats in the Senate as well as in the Assembly. But he could not succeed to legalize recreational cannabis. The major reason for failure was the disharmony among the party. Also, African American members of the senate strongly opposed this bill.
The people residing in New Jersey favor the regulation of adult-use cannabis. According to the Cannabis Business Executive, a survey conducted by Monmouth University suggested that 62% of adults of the state were in favor to legalize a small amount of marijuana in possession for recreational purposes. The survey also indicated that 74% of the adults were in favor to remove the charges on offenders charged for cannabis-related offenses. In the United States of America, 33 states have legalized the use of medical cannabis. Whereas, only 11 states including Oregon, Massachusetts, Alaska, and California have allowed recreational marijuana.
Some advantages of the legalization
There are many advantages of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. It would not only create new job opportunities but also increase tax revenue. According to the article of NJ Advance Media, the Governor of New Jersey believes that $80 million would be collected by the state as a cannabis tax revenue in the upcoming year. It involves $20 million from cannabis for health purposes and $60 million from cannabis for recreational purposes. This regulation will also allow cannabis companies to enlarge their businesses across the state.
This University is Launching a Cannabis Program!
Medical cannabis has gained highlight, even in the academic ground. The University of Maryland is going to be the first US university to be offering a graduate program in medical cannabis.
The program will be offering the students an in-depth insight into the medical management of cannabis patients. Moreover, there will be an extensive study for continuing research in the field.
This will be giving a new way to transform policies regarding medical cannabis. The program will be for two years for the students of the university.
Status of cannabis in different US states
Thirty-three states in the US have legalized medical cannabis. The number will be increasing in the coming time. There will be more jobs opening up in the industry.
Since quite a while, individuals did not more often than not discuss it. In any case, presently, cannabis has compelled its way into the standard. In the United States energy toward wide based legitimization stayed at just 25% in 1995. Now, an unequaled record number of people by and by the need to see pot approved in an extensive range.
The overall expansion has been likewise as exceptional. A year back, worldwide weed arrangements hit $12.2 billion. There are in like manner over 40 countries worldwide to have waved the green flag on restorative cannabis.
A couple of things will happen before the legitimate weed industry has any shot at $166 billion in yearly arrangements. This consolidates keeping an eye on the enormous contraband market by approving cannabis in the United States and different countries.
Numerous individuals need to devour cannabis only for recreational purposes. To include further, the item can turn out to be so promptly accessible in each home in each room. Odds are it will lose its substance simply as some other conventional painkiller did. The inquiry still stays unanswered on the vulnerability of the dimension of the utilization of the item.
Be that as it may, researchers can examine thoroughly the employment of exceedingly significant dynamic elements of the substance. This way, they will be better ready to coordinate for the making of exact items explicitly intended to manage certain issues.
How will this graduate programs benefit people?
The graduates will be able to pursue a career in the medical cannabis space. Also, another fact about this program is that it will be benefiting professionals in medical and health sciences. Industry related people will be able to dive deeper into certain aspects of medical cannabis.
Many pharmacists will be able to manage better the new products coming in the market from this emerging industry. The courses will be acting as an integral tool for providing students with the knowledge they need to know about the subject.
Most of the course will be constituted of online classes. This way, more professionals who have their work shifts during the day can easily manage the course. The understanding of the course is easy even for people who do not link with medicinal studies.
The students will be able to better support not only the clinical setup but also the industries in respect to cannabis use.
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