Acute side effects
It is now generally accepted that "...except for
the harms associated with smoking, the adverse effects
of marijuana use are within the range of effects tolerated
for other medications" (Institute of Medicine Report
of 1999). This opinion is supported by recent clinical
research. Besides abuse and dependency, the main side
effects of concern are those on the cardiovascular,
immune, and hormonal systems, and on cognitive functions.
Documented safety of long-term cannabis use
Studies have shown the long-term use of cannabis to
be safe. In contrast to many other medicinal drugs,
the long-term use of cannabis does not harm stomach,
liver, kidneys and heart. More...
Side effects of the legal situation
The illegal status of cannabis under most jurisdictions
causes negative consequences for many with regard to
their career, personal and professional relationships,
suspension of driving privilege, and health. More...
Cannabis as gateway drug
Recent research suggests that recreationally used cannabis
does not act as a gateway drug to harder drugs such
as alcohol, cocaine and heroin. The same will apply
to users of medicinal cannabis. More...