In many countries of the world, cannabis is used to treat various diseases, and the World Health Organization recognizes the medicinal potential of the plant. However, there is no consensus in the medical community about how hemp affects a person’s life expectancy.
Cannabis prolongs life
Employees at the Komitas Institute of Anthropology at Columbia University reported that in 1994, American scientists conducted a study whose results were kept secret, as they could negatively affect the outcome of the war against drugs. However, according to employees of the institution, they were able to access the report on the experiments performed.
During testing, rats and mice were injected into the stomach through a high-dose THC probe to determine the toxicity level of the substance. As a result, experts made an unexpected discovery: cannabinoid significantly increased the life span of rodents. According to experts, this effect was due to the fact that THC reduces the likelihood of cancer, reduces weight and reduces anxiety. The authors of the work noted that THC has a lower level of toxicity than alcohol, aspirin and many other drugs.
The positive effect of hemp on health
Doctors agree that cannabis increases life expectancy indirectly. In particular, cannabis helps fight stress and anxiety – factors that increase mortality. In addition, cannabinoids alleviate the symptoms of chemotherapy, epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, and insomnia. Thus, marijuana has a beneficial effect on the health status of people suffering from these ailments.
Marijuana and brain function
In 2017, scientists tested the effects of THC on the cognitive functions of mice. Rodents that consumed cannabinoid daily showed a higher level of brain activity than animals from the control group. In this regard, the researchers concluded that THC stimulates mental activity and eliminates the negative effects of brain aging. In addition, many doctors believe that cannabis prevents the formation of plaques in blood vessels, which in turn provides an influx of nutrients into neurons.
The negative effects of cannabis
In 2018, a report published by employees of the University of Michigan was published. Specialists studied data on 10,000 Americans who took part in surveys on the effects of drugs on health. After analyzing the data, the experts determined that:
- cannabis users are more likely to seek help in treating mental disorders around the age of 50;
- most marijuana smokers begin to abuse alcohol or other drugs by age 50;
- people who often used cannabis before age 45 have cognitive problems by age 50.
Nevertheless, the authors emphasize that they were unable to establish a causal relationship between negative factors and smoking marijuana. For example, respondents could use cannabis to treat a disease. In this case, cannabinoids are not the cause of the ailment but serve as a medicine. The same applies to mental disorders. Dr. Nathan Gillespie hypothesized that patients prone to psychosis and schizophrenia smoke marijuana to alleviate the symptoms of the disease. Gillespie believes that an analogy can be drawn with tobacco: patients with schizophrenia often smoke a lot, since nicotine helps restore the normal activity of the prefrontal cortex.