Safety and Benefits of Cannabinoid Medicine
Purveyors of cannabinoid medicine can seem optimistic when extolling its safety and benefits, but patients should always be discriminating when choosing the type of care they receive. While explanations about the safety and efficacy of cannabinoid medicine can be confusing, there are several basic yet important reasons why treating appropriate illness and pain with cannabis can be beneficial and, in some cases, preferable to conventional pharmaceuticals.
- Non-Toxic. Probably the foremost reason why patients and doctors should consider cannabinoid therapy is its safety profile. The active constituents of the cannabis plant are remarkably non-toxic. While even drugs as familiar and safe as acetaminophen carry potentially life-threatening risks, there has never been a verifiable overdose death from cannabis consumption.
- Minimal Side Effects. One of the most problematic aspects of traditional pharmacopoeia are the side effects. Side effects can range from mild discomfort to the life threatening. Side effects of cannabinoid therapy have consistently been shown to be minimal in trials. Those that do arise are easily managed when the regime is overseen by a qualified health professional and they are never life threatening.
- Anti-Inflammatory. Another reason why cannabinoid therapy is a safe and effective form of treatment are the anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is both the cause and symptom of many disease states. It is also a major contributor to pain. Reducing inflammatory response is an important aspect of treating disease and injury. Unfortunately many traditional pharmaceuticals cause There are many prescription and over-the-counter medications that treat inflammation, but most have side effects or pose toxicity risks.
- Tolerance. Unlike many medications used to treat chronic conditions, cannabinoid medicines have been shown to remain effective for a patient at similar doses over long periods of time. Many prescription drugs, especially those used to treat neurological conditions and chronic pain, become less effective over time, so dosage must be increased or replaced with a new drug altogether.
- Low Risk of Dependence. Many drugs used to treat chronic disease or pain carry some risk of physical or mental dependence. Opiate pain medication, in particular, is notoriously addictive, and, unfortunately, one of the few effective means that doctors have to treat pain. Cannabinoid medicine offers an effective alternative that largely avoids the risk of dependence.