July 22, 2020 02:43 pm ETEstimated Read Time: 3 Minutes
The data is all over the place. Even though cannabis legalization is sweeping the globe, medical findings continue to contradict in many circumstances. When it comes to cannabis and brain function, the data isn’t vast enough to really know how cannabis use affects everyone. Because there can be such variance in cannabinoid response from person to person and with US research significantly impeded – we are left sometimes to ironic hypocrisy. It is important to note who is behind a study and if they had bias before or during data collection/review.
Another study published in 2012 garnered similar results. It revealed that the natural anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are useful in treating brain inflammation caused by a stroke. While slightly different, both of these studies provide a glimpse into how cannabis can help relieve stroke symptoms.
Will Cannabis Increase the Risk of Cerebrovascular Accidents and Strokes?
Many of these studies were observational and do not establish a direct cause-and-effect link between cannabis use and increased risk for cerebrovascular accidents. Despite the media running with the story of cannabis-emergency due to stroke risk, the studies often emphasize a causal relationship rather than direct cause and effect. By choosing to review certain data sets the outcome can change. In addition, none of these data sets account for the type and method of cannabis consumption.
While we can agree on the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis use in the US and globally and in some areas, the rising popularity of its use culminate the need to understand the benefits and risks of using cannabis. The problem is that US research is so far behind due to the federal illegality of cannabis and the poor quality of legally available research cannabis. In addition, the more we are finding out about cannabis, it seems that the positives are strongly outweighing the unsubstantiated, potential, non-causational risks.
Natasha has worked as a journalist in the cannabis scene for several years. She travels regularly in her tiny house school bus conversion to keep up to date with the ever-changing industry. Her experience is varied and eclectic.
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