Medical Cannabis risks and what you can do to protect yourself
The human body and mind is a fascinating enigma. As a species, humans share many common characteristics. However, what works for you may or may not work for someone else.
Medical Cannabis is not a panacea
Forget for a moment all the benefits associated with its consumption and let’s talk about medical cannabis risks. Is there anything you can do about it? Yes and no.
In this world, there is no free lunch
You have heard this over and over again. But what does it have to do with the consumption of medical cannabis products? We have discussed the benefits of using CBD, the most common cannabinoid when it comes to medical use, as well as the lesser-known CBG and CBN. If you want to read more about them check the following articles:
We always try and be unbiased, therefore we include all the potential side-effects and risks in our articles. This article will be about medical cannabis risks in general, simply because the following are shared among all cannabinoids. We are going to talk about:
- the current legal status of medical cannabis products
- lack of serious funding for research
- product regulation
- anecdotal evidence
The current legal status of medical cannabis products
Many countries have legalized the use of medical cannabis over the years. A handful have gone the extra mile and legalized the recreational use of cannabis, however we are far from a global policy adoption in favor of cannabis enthusiasts. One can visit brick-and-mortar stores in the cities where it is legal or order online from stores that offer delivery, like the ones we have here. Producers and manufacturers of such products must be extra careful when it comes to marketing. Unless backed by solid scientific research, they are not allowed to make claims about therapeutic properties and they need to be overly cautious picking up words and descriptions.
Lack of serious funding for research
It seems that it is easier to get your hands on some legal cannabis than it is for researches to get their hands on funding. But why is that in a multi-billion industry that is just now starting to show its potential? The truth is that when it comes to cannabis research, bureaucratic loopholes hold back labs and companies. And when the labs finally get their clearances, where does the funding come from most of the time? You guessed it, the big manufacturers and producers themselves. We do not imply that research is biased. However, we would like to see government funding flow into labs so that medical cannabis critics lose one of their top-performing card which is made-up lab results. As a rule of thumb, always check if there are any independent lab test results about the product you are buying.
You probably read about it in this blog before, with the exception of two licensed products, the rest are considered food supplements. And food supplements are unregulated to some extent. They are merely treated as harmless until proven otherwise. The absence of regulation also means that you cannot be certain that the products you are buying contain the marketed ingredients. And when you cannot be certain about the ingredients, you cannot be certain, whether the production methods resulted in harmful residue from the chemicals used in the process. This is why product regulation is needed in order for the consumer to be confident about what he or she is buying. And this is one of the biggest medical cannabis risks. That you don’t really know what you are buying. This is why you should compare products, read other people’s opinions and take your time. Be thorough.
There is a reason why it is called anecdotal. Not everyone who shares an experience wears a white coat. That person online who claims to have been miraculously cured of X disease might be a very lucky individual. But that single case is not enough to make general assumptions. Even small-scale, focused research which includes a couple of hundred participants should be taken with a grain of salt. We are really at the beginning of discovering the many uses of medical cannabis in pharmacology. We have discussed before that individual reaction to the drug must be seriously taken into consideration. The human body and mind is a fascinating enigma. As a species, humans share many common characteristics. However, what works for you may or may not work for someone else.