Are there Side Effects to Medical Marijuana?

Probably the strongest argument against marijuana use in treating disorders is of its side effects. It may cause aggravation or acceleration of the disorders that it is being used to. The main respiratory side effects of regularly smoking marijuana, this means one joint a day are respiratory cancer, pulmonary infections. Some side effects may also include impairment in the smaller air passages impairment, chronic bronchitis, lung inflammation and development of pre-cancerous abnormalities in the lungs and bronchial lining.
Since marijuana is filled with hundreds of chemicals, when it is burned, hundreds of more compounds are created. Some other side effects include memory and learning problems, distorted perception, increased heart rate, and anxiety and panic attacks. Nonetheless, there is no known acute lethal overdose due to marijuana, unlike other prescriptions.
For thousands and thousands of years, medical marijuana has been used for treating different diseases. In all that time and up to the present day, there has never been a report of fatality directly due to consumption of the weed. On the other hand, more than 1,000 people in the United States die yearly from overdose of the most common non-prescription drug aspirin. Moreover, thousands of deaths result from legal drugs prescriptions.

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