Marijuana is a drug that comprises of the dried leaves, flowers, and other parts of the cannabis plant. The main chemical that is in such plants is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and when this chemical is consumed – which can be in a number of ways, such as smoking, eating, and inhaling – it alters the users’ mind; makes the user high, as it is colloquially known. People tend to like this altered state of mind, or being stoned, and this is why many are drawn to the drug. Even though the drug has traditionally been illegal in the US, it has recently been legalized – for medicinal purposes, as well as for recreational use – in many states, such as California, Nevada, Hawaii, Maryland, and New Jersey (medicinal use) and Washington, Colorado, and Oregon (medicinal and recreational use). In this regard, it is depicted as the most commonly used illegal (and sometimes legal) drug in the US. The tendency to use it often is known as marijuana abuse, which has several adverse health effects.
Many people tend to regard marijuana as not being addictive and they say that it has medicinal properties, which is why it is fine to consume it. Even though marijuana does have certain medicinal properties, it is only true in prescribed doses. Marijuana abuse occurs when people start to use it on their own without any prescription and take a lot more of it than it is required. This abuse can lead to several mental and physical health problems. Marijuana abuse tends to have both short-term as well as long-term effects on the individual abusing the drug.
With respect to the short-term effects, when a person consumes the drug, the THC quickly enters the bloodstream and is carried to the brain, as well as the other organs of the body. The users’ mood and senses begin to change, as the individual starts feeling elated and the colors in the visuals are enhanced. The user can have difficulty dealing with logical problems and short-term memory is also impaired. Increased heart rate and a feeling of paranoia are also common in users. These short-term effects are immediate and last for about an hour or two.
Marijuana abuse also has long-term effects on the abuser. Several types of research have concluded that continued and chronic marijuana use affects the development of the brain It can work to impair the person’s memory and learning functions, especially if the user starts abusing the drug at an early age, such as during adolescence. Such effects can last a long time, even after the person has stopped smoking, and in some cases, they can also be permanent. Moreover, marijuana abuse can have adverse physical effects on the body as well. It can cause breathing problems, coughing, increased phlegm production, as well as a higher risk of lung problems, infections, and cancer. Marijuana abuse can also be extremely bad for pregnant women as well as for the baby.
People who regularly abuse marijuana often complain about various problems in their lives, such as poor mental health, relationship problems, not being satisfied in their lives, as well as not having academic and career success. Other than that, people who use marijuana often want to try other, much harsher drugs, such as crack, cocaine, and heroin, which are extremely harmful to the health. All of this shows that marijuana is not as innocent as some people would like you to believe and that consuming this drug has some very negative and adverse health effects.