People with muscle conditions need to exercise caution when it comes to the recreational use of marijuana.
The illegal use of recreational marijuana amongst the disabled community is on the rise, and in some cases, is being provided to disabled people free of charge by friends who source from dealers.
Users in Hamilton and the Auckland area have come forward and admitted doing marijuana recreationally. Those users said they chose to do the drug despite knowing how detrimental it could be to their health.
Some disabled users say that recreational use of marijuana, or weed, is beneficial to their health battle.
However, prior to legalisation, it is still criminal activity, but the effects on a disabled person could be far greater than the law.
Recreational use of marijuana can hardly be justified in the case of a person living with a physical disability.
The THC is what gets the user high, recreational users are chasing the high, not the unproven health benefits it supposedly gives.
Not in all cases, but recreational use of marijuana is usually where the user takes the drug for the ‘high’ effect. Recreational marijuana, or weed, has a higher THC rate than its medicinal counterpart, and the side effects play directly into some of the traps that have claimed the lives of a lot of physically disabled people in New Zealand and around the world.
This includes people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Phenomena and heart attacks have been two of the big symptoms that Duchenne sufferers have passed away from.
The higher THC rate, coupled with the proven effects of weakening motor functions, increasing heart rate, and an aider for depression, users who smoke marijuana recreationally are, while it is their choice, chasing a ‘high’ that is potentially life-threatening.
No death due to marijuana use has been proven, regardless of any disability.