Have you ever taken a high school health class where they warned you against the best stress relievers in life? You know what things I am referring to: sex, alcohol, and weed. Do you remember them stressing the importance of leaving all three of those things alone? They used their best scare tactics and one sided statistics to convince you. Your teacher probably even showed you a cheesy video made in the nineties documenting the negative aspects of underage drinking and cannabis consumption in general. If you went to a school like mine, then your teacher brought in a plainly clothed officer from your local police department who promised to arrest you if you ever touched alcohol or cannabis. But do you know the truth about the health risks sex, alcohol and cannabis present? Here is a hint, two of the three have a better chance of killing you than the third.
Yes, the shocking truth is, unless you’re a drug dealer with a lot of enemies or competition, the chances of cannabis killing you are slim. By slim, I mean no one has ever died from an overdose of cannabis. Ever. People die on a regular basis from consuming too much alcohol in one sitting. Being sexually promiscuous puts you at a higher risk for contracting potentially fatal sexually transmitted infections (Get tested, know your status). On the other hand, doctors and scientists believe that you would have to consume several times your body weight’s worth of cannabis in one sitting in order for it to kill you. None of them can be sure because it has never been done. Probably because if you smoke enough weed you eventually just fall asleep. According to the National Cancer Institute, the part of your brain stem that controls respiration does not have cannabinoid receptors. As a result, it is impossible for you to experience a lethal overdose of cannabis. Furthermore, the National Cancer Institute also notes that the chances of cannabis being addictive are very slim.
Many cannabis experts and enthusiasts, including myself, will argue that cannabis is less of a health risk to you than alcohol and other things humans use regularly. Having said that, I will also be one of the first to warn that too much of a good thing ruins it. Because research on the long term effects of cannabis is just now becoming more popular, there is little evidence to support or refute claims that it has severe negative effects on people. However, in recent years a clinical condition that is being referred to as Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) has emerged beneath the lens of doctors and researchers. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, as reported by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, is caused by long term excessive consumption of cannabis. The keywords to pay attention to are “long term” and “excessive.” Other health concerns regarding the consumption of cannabis are the same for tobacco, it can potentially cause types of pulmonary or respiratory defects. Fortunately, smoking is not the only way to consume cannabis. Cannabis can be consumed as an edible and through different everyday products such as lubricant for sexual intercourse and tampons for menstruation.
At the end of the day, cannabis is not as dangerous as many make it out to be. In fact, it is used for medical purposes and is recommended by medical professionals for such use. Do you remember the last time you heard someone say their doctor recommended alcohol or sex to cure anything? My point exactly.
***Disclaimer: DocSavage is not a licensed or practicing doctor and should not be referenced as such for any reason.***