What Are the Positive Long Term Effects of Consuming Cannabis?

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While research on the long term negative and positive impacts of cannabis is relatively scarce due to the legal limitations imposed by federal research, there are some individual studies that hint at the benefits of long term cannabis consumption. One study published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, found CBD promoted neurogenesis (or brain cell growth) in the hippocampus in rats and mice. Because of the hippocampus' role in regulating emotion and cognitive function, this suggests CBD might effectively benefit mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Additionally, research has found CBD has neuroprotective properties, and may prevent against nervous system damage that leads to dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, stroke, and Parkinson's Disease.

Cannabis may also be effective at treating various medical conditions and maintaining overall health due to its role in influencing homeostasis in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Endocannabinoid deficiency can lead to a variety of medical conditions, and by binding to cannabinoid receptors within the ECS, cannabis can contribute cannabinoids that fill this gap. Homeostasis also maintains a healthy immune system. Lastly, cannabis ability to manage pain could reduce or eliminate the need for stronger prescription medications, like opioids, that come with a host of severe negative side effects that can greatly deteriorate health and, at times, become fatal. 

This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.