The Harmful and Beneficial Effects Cannabis Has on Your Body

Weighing the pros and cons of smoking cannabis when it comes to your brain and lungs

Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Weed has become incredibly mainstream in the past decade or so. And this is just the beginning as more and more countries are easing their restrictions on its use and distribution. Take Germany, for example — although anything marijuana-related had been put down in the past during Merkel’s party rule, the new government has other plans. A regional cadre of the Free Democrats in Germany, Lars Lindemann, recently wrote on Twitter, that “The legalization of cannabis, long blocked by the Union, allows us to have a regulated and taxed dispensary, controllable quality, and effective youth protection through education.”

Although it is legal to consume cannabis in Germany, it still is illegal to buy it — a law that people had been protesting against for years. The new law would permit the selling of marijuana only if it is being done in licensed shops. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, weed is decriminalized, which means that every person is permitted to be carrying up to 5g of the drug, without being legally persecuted. In Greece, in 2017, a joint ministerial decision changed the classification of marijuana to Table B drug, from Table A drug. In 2018, the cultivation and…

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Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION-Curated

I read my own stories out loud. Interested in everything related to psychedelics, mental health, and spirituality. Writer for ILLUMINATION.