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In the episode , Dr. Matthew Hill discusses various aspects of cannabis use, its impacts, and potential risks, guided by .

Key topics include:

  1. Potential Health Risks:

    • Psychosis and Schizophrenia: There is concern about the link between cannabis use and schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and possible cardiovascular effects. Long-term studies suggest some risks, especially with smoking and high THC levels 1 2.
    • Cardiovascular Effects: Cannabis can cause vasodilation, leading to potential heart issues. Combustion products from smoking cannabis may exacerbate vascular damage, similar to smoking tobacco 1.
    • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome: Heavy cannabis users may develop this syndrome, characterized by intractable vomiting alleviated by hot showers 2.
  2. Medical Benefits:

    • Appetite Stimulation and Anxiety Relief: While some use cannabis to stimulate appetite or alleviate anxiety, the proper dosing and individual reactions are critical. It is often compared to a mild sedative like wine 3.

      Cannabis and Cardiovascular Effects

      Matthew discusses the potential relationship between cannabis use and cardiovascular issues, emphasizing the impact of combustion products on vascular health. He highlights THC's vasodilation effects and the risk of postural hypotension, shedding light on the complexities of cannabis consumption methods and their effects on the cardiovascular system.

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    • Glaucoma and Chronic Pain: Cannabis can lower eye pressure in glaucoma patients and offer pain relief, though definitive studies are still lacking 3.
  3. Misconceptions and Balanced Views:

    • Misconceptions About Safety: Legal status does not equate to safety; the episode stresses the importance of understanding cannabis's risks despite its legal status in several regions 4.
    • Placebo Effect: Some benefits attributed to cannabis might be due to placebo effects rather than the substance itself 5.
  4. Cannabis Education:

    • Need for Proper Education: There is a lack of standardized education for cannabis sellers. Many consumers rely on sellers who might not have formal training, underscoring the need for informed, science-based education 6.

This episode provides a comprehensive overview of both the advantages and significant risks associated with cannabis use, advocating for more informed consumption and better education on the subject.

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