Here are five things to know about
cannabis. First, the effects of cannabis can be pleasant, unpleasant, or medicinal. The most well known components are THC and CBD. THC makes people feel high and can also cause hunger, sleepiness, paranoia, and anxiety. CBD doesn’t get
people high and is believed to be more medicinal. The amounts of THC and CBD can vary in different strains. Second, there is emerging evidence that cannabis can
be used for chronic nerve pain, palliative care, nausea, and vomiting from
chemo, spasticity from multiple sclerosis, and certain drug-resistant seizure
disorders and kits. Third, for every hundred people who use cannabis, many
will feel high, sleepy, or dizzy. 10 to 20 will have muscle twitching, low blood
pressure, or feel intensely happy or uneasy. 5 to 10 will experience cannabis
use disorder or memory trouble, and up to 5 will have acute psychosis or
dissociation. Fourth, inhaled cannabis starts working in minutes and lasts
around four hours. Edible products start working in an hour or more, and last
around six hours in adults and twelve hours in kids. Finally, cannabis should
be avoided in pregnancy and breastfeeding and when there is a
personal or family history of psychosis. Cannabis can double the risk of
psychosis in young people, especially if a sibling or parent has a psychiatric
disorder. Cannabis can impair motor function and coordination, so avoid
driving or using heavy machinery after use. Wherever possible avoid smoking
cannabis. Vaping and edibles are thought to be safer. And cannabis products should always be kept out of reach of kids to avoid accidental poisoning.

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