There are some supporters of weed legalization that believe and promote that smoking or consuming weed has no negative side effects. Nothing can be false than that.
Smoking or consuming weed can cause plethora of different types of physical and mental health problems. Marijuana is the most common type of drug consumed in the United States of America. Its consumption can immediately have an effect on its user which could last up to the next 3 hours. Smoking is not the only way people consume weed. Some people add it to their food items and consume it. When weed is consumed through food items, such as cookies or brownies, the effects of it last for a lot longer.
The negative effects of consuming weed are explained in detail below.
→ Short-term effects of consuming weed
Weed is a very powerful drug which can immediately make its user a prey to the following short-term negative effects.
- It distorts your sensory perception of touch, sight, and hearing which can cause paranoia.
- It causes problems with your learning abilities.
- It weakens and blurs your memories.
- Your body loses its co-ordination.
- Your problem identifying and solving skills are weekend.
- It reduces your blood pressure and increases your heart rate.
- It may spike your anxiety and cause you to panic.
It was found in research conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine of America that regular consumption of weed could lead to social anxiety, depression, and even schizophrenia.
→ It can make you an addict
The negative effects of consuming weed do not start after you become a heavy smoker. In fact, they begin when you take the first swig of the smoke. It makes you an addict and anyone can lose control of their dosage. Weed is not only physically but, mentally addictive as well. If you fall prey to addiction then a rehabilitation treatment should be your first choice.
→ Negative Effects on the Brain
THC or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is the active ingredient used in marijuana. This ingredient is capable of influencing the cannabinoid receptors on our nerve cells. There are areas of the brain where there are a lot of cannabinoid receptors while some areas have less or none of them. These receptors are typically present in areas that are responsible for influencing our thoughts, memories, pleasure, time and sensory perception, ability to concentrate and co-ordinate our movements. When a person consumes a high dosage of weed, especially through food items, they are likely to experience the following side effects:
- Impaired memory
- Feeling Disoriented
A study has found out that about three thousand pot smokers in America have suffered from weak memory after they hit the age of 25.
→ Effects of weed on the heart
Almost immediately after consuming weed, the heart rate increases and it starts beating rapidly. The blood pressure of the user also drops instantly. Consuming weed especially through smoking can cause a person’s heart rate to increase up to 20 to 50 beats a minute. It can increase further if the user continues to consume more drugs. Researchers state that due to the increased heart rate and the drop in the blood pressure, a person is four times more susceptible to having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking weed.
→ Effects of weed on Your Bones
It has been found through research by various experts that people who consume high doses of weed on a daily basis have a reduced bone density which makes them prone to have more fractures. Hence, heavy weed consumers have a very high risk of developing osteoporosis which is a condition that makes your bones unbelievably weak. In a study conducted by the University of Edinburgh, it was found through the use of DEXA-scan x-rays that weed users have lower body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) which most likely contributes to loss of bone density. In their study, they defined heavy users of weed as someone who consumed it more than five thousand times in their life.
→ Effects of weed on the Lungs
Even an infrequent consumer of marijuana has a chance of developing some sort of lung problem. They can be subjected to crazy coughs or stinging or burning sensations in the mouth or throat. Scientists at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute have come to the conclusion after various researches that, smoking weed can cause a person to experience the same lung problems as a tobacco smoker would. Furthermore, smoking weed can increase a person’s chances of developing lung infections, and chest illnesses.
→ Weed Consumption and Cancer
One unconfirmed study had concluded that people who smoke weed are 3 times more likely to develop cancer in their neck or head as compared to those who do not smoke weed. Weed contains thrice the tar which is found in tobacco which is known to cause lung cancer. However, the researchers have not landed a definitive proof in this regard. Another defect in this study was that the participants chosen for the research were too young to have developed cancer at that time and were not classified as heavy weed smokers.
→ Effects of Weed on a Pregnant Woman
Various studies have found that children of weed-smoking mothers, especially if they smoked while they were pregnant, are most likely to develop some neurological problem. These studies have concluded that a fetus’ exposure to weed can cause him to have the following:
- Increased tremulousness
- Altered responses to visual stimuli
- Poor problem-solving skills
- Problems with being attentive or remembering things
→ Low Testosterone
High consumption of weed can decrease the testosterone levels in the body which can cause a person to become lazy, lose their work ethic, and quite possibly gain weight. Furthermore, it can also decrease their libido.
In conclusion, it would not be wrong to advise that even if weed is legal in your state or country, try not to smoke weed and if you really have to then please smoke responsibly as this drug can quite literally end your life.