Cannabis: harmful and therapeutic effects

Cannabis use is permitted in some states. In other countries, including France, cannabis remains an illegal drug, even though the topic of legalization of this drug regularly provokes heated debate.

Because if cannabis undeniably has certain properties that can be used for therapeutic purposes, we must not neglect its negative effects and potentially harmful to our body.

Here are the main effects of cannabis in the short and long term.

The effect of cannabis

Cannabis use classically causes, after a few minutes, a state of euphoria and well-being, of appeasement.
It helps with relaxation, facilitates introspection and communication.

Another effect of cannabis: the increase of auditory and visual perception . It also allows a particular perception of music.


The most common acute complication is generalized anxiety, or the appearance of real panic attack or "bad trip" following the consumption of the product.

At the somatic level, cannabis causes:

  • first an acceleration of the heart rate (tachycardia),
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea, followed later by
  • drowsiness.

Variable psychotropic effects

The psychotropic effects of cannabis will vary according to:

  • the mode of consumption (smoked, swallowed, inhaled, ..),
  • the amount of active ingredient,
  • the physical or psychic state of the consumer, and
  • his personal or family psychiatric history.

Many psychotic disorders have been described, including the occurrence of genuine acute delirious bouts, usually short-term and spontaneously resolving. The appearance of delusions but also visual hallucinations are common.

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The therapeutic face of cannabis

As a drug, this drug helps fight against nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy.

It is also an analgesic used in certain neurological pathologies such as multiple sclerosis.

In terminally ill patients, the plant may be offered in herbal teas or by inhalation of vapors.
The active ingredient released:

  • is relaxing,
  • it facilitates sleep,
  • it's a pain killer,
  • an antispasmodic,
  • he is also an anti-emetic.
Many clinical studies are underway to validate its effects and to be able to use cannabis in the best way.

In France, SATIVEX, a cannabis-based therapeutic spray, has received a marketing authorization for people with multiple sclerosis since 2015, but has not yet been marketed for the time being. between the laboratory and the authorities on its refund price.

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