Marijuana can make its users feel relaxed, reduce anxiety, and control nausea and vomiting. Some studies have even shown that regular use can kill cancer cells and slow the growth of tumors in the body. With all these benefits, it's no wonder so many people turn to it as a holistic alternative to pharmaceutical medications.
Of course, with every substance, there are always outlier users who have extreme reactions to it. For instance, a 2020 study reviewed several cases where chronic marijuana use induced paranoia and psychosis, which led to violent criminal offenses. But these individuals were outliers – their endocannabinoid systems were more sensitive to THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, which led to increased paranoia and violent tendencies. Marijuana did not convert a normally kind and compassionate person with a less sensitive endocannabinoid system into a violent criminal.
Individual Endocannabinoid System
Within every human body are transmitter systems, one of which is the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps nearly every one of our functions, like learning and memory, sleep, temperature regulation, and inflammatory responses. To stimulate receptors in the brain, our bodies produce endocannabinoid molecules – which are similar in structure to molecules in the cannabis plant. When humans use marijuana, they are controlling this system externally.
Every human has a unique ECS. When a person who already exhibits aggressive behavior chronically uses marijuana, their aggressive behavior can increase. Basically, marijuana has a higher impact on the individual's ability to control themselves. If they have an underlying impulsive, violent nature that they have been repressing, marijuana use will allow it to come out.
For Most, the Answer is: No
Yes, marijuana can negatively affect the ECS system of an already aggressive or violent person, causing their behavior to worsen. But for those who have no issue with aggression or violence, their personality will not change because of chronic marijuana use. Essentially, for the vast majority of people who use marijuana, it will not make them more violent.
The Bottom Line
Marijuana use has several benefits, including reduced pain and immune responses, relaxing tight muscles for individuals with multiple sclerosis, and stimulating appetites for cancer and AIDS patients. While there have been cases of chronic users committing violent crimes, correlation is not causation. For those whose violent nature has been directly related to their chronic use, they are not the norm. If you are accused of a violent crime, it is important to reach out to a skilled criminal attorney who can explain your options in more detail. Call (415) 851-4300 today to schedule a consultation or visit us online.
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