Cannabis – while it’s obviously against the law for people to use it in a non approved/ non-medical context, it still seesm to throw up a variety of headlines both pro- and contra- its properties regarding health. Numerous are the stories over the years of recreational use and its dangers, which go along the following lines:
- Smoking cannabis is associated with increased risk of tuberculosis, acute bronchitis and lung cancer.
- Studies over the years have indicated a possible link between cannabis use and schizophrenia. Although it has been pointed out that people with the onset of schizophrenia may be more prone to self-medicate and therefore the link may not be simple cause-and-effect.
- Long term use linked with memory loss and poor concentration
On the more positive side, health professionals have found that medically prescribed cannabis can help ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and was recently given a recommendation by an Australian parliamentary committee for use in treating the pain of terminally ill patients in appropriate cases.
This week the health pages are carrying the somewhat unexpected results of a recent piece of research, which indicates cannabis may actually help prevent diabetes. Interestingly, according to the Independent’s report on this story, there’s a paradox in cannabis use – previous studies have shown the user can have a lower body mass index while consuming more calories than a non-user.