The stigma from which cannabis suffers is extreme. From Reefer Madness to those who claim it’s a cure-all, it can be quite confusing. Because of this, it’s important to look at the facts. There are certainly a multitude of reasons to use cannabis products, but there are also a few risks to it as well. While the majority of the risks are associated with marijuana, more specifically THC, there are some that can be applicable to hemp as well.
First and foremost, there is risk in THC use during key developmental periods in children. Pregnant women and teenagers are encouraged to abstain from marijuana use. When considering a hemp product they are typically encouraged to use one that contains no THC. At this time, CBD has shown no detriment to individuals in these key developmental stages; however, when considering use check for the latest research as it is constantly being update as our understanding grows.
THC has been shown to alter the neural development and inhibit the growth of areas of the brain associated with memory and complex problem solving. These findings are still under further research due to the fact that only a small sample was used in the initial tests and so larger groups are under study at this time to track development and any correlation with cannabis use.
Another risk is the obvious toll on the respiratory system when cannabis is smoked. That is why if using an inhalant it is best to use a vaporizer to avoid inhaling combusted plant matter. THC has also been shown to be an antagonist for those with a predisposition to schizophrenia and those with certain types of anxiety.
It is clear that despite its wealth of potential uses for medicinal treatments there are some risk associated with the use of cannabis. That is why it is so important to dispel the stigma and propaganda on both sides of this issue and analyze scientific data to educate our communities.