How Does Smoking Marijuana Affect People?
Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds. Extracts can also be made from the cannabis plant
Marijuana is usually smoked in hand rolled cigarettes which are called joints, or in pipes or water pipes. Marijuana smoke has a distinctive sweet smell. But how does smoking marijuana affect someone?
The Effects of Smoking Marijuana
Most people smoke marijuana to get high, but that’s not what always happens. Some individuals feel nothing, while most feel relaxed. The euphoric effect that marijuana brings can be difficult to describe since it is so subjective.
So what does smoking marijuana do to an individual? When smoked, the THC makes its way quickly from the lungs into the bloodstream, from where it is carried to the brain and other organs. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function. Marijuana over activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that people feel.
Smoking Marijuana can lead to diseases of the liver, lungs and heart. Some studies also indicate increased rates of cancer, and there has been indication of increased prevalence of pre-cancerous changes in the individual’s airways. Marijuana smoke may contain upto 50% more cancer causing compounds than the smoke from tobacco.
Individuals who smoke marijuana will also experience side effects like coughing, lowered immunity to diseases, a higher risk of lung disease and trouble breathing.
Is Smoking Marijuana Bad?
Yes, smoking marijuana is bad for the user. There are definitely adverse side effects to long term marijuana use. These are compounded if the individual mixes marijuana with alcohol or other drugs and can include:
Anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia
- Distorted perception
- Loss of coordination
- Memory and learning problems
- Lowered immunity
- Trouble with thinking and problem solving
Compared to people who don’t partake in marijuana use, the individuals who do use it report the following:
- Lower life satisfaction
- Poorer mental health
- Poorer physical health
- Relationship problems
Can an Individual Overdose on Marijuana?
An overdose happens when an individual takes too much of a drug and has a reaction that could result in serious symptoms or even death. Can this happen with marijuana? There have been no reports of any individuals fatally overdosing due to ingesting marijuana. That being said, individuals can definitely feel the side effects, some of which can be extremely uncomfortable.
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