Effects of Marijuana on Your Health

You are not alone if you have ever eaten some pot-laced brownie or smoked a joint. In the USA, more than one in three people have tried marijuana at least once in their lives.

Although, its infrequent use is not dangerous for health. Pot might affect your mind and body as it enters into the system.

Physical Effects of Marijuana

It comes from a plant called Cannabis sativa. This hemp plant contains a very active ingredient that is THC. It makes a person feel high. In marijuana, other ingredients and THC might affect the working of your body.

Most of the people smoke dry stems, leaves, seeds, and flowers of this plant. It can be combined with the food for instance cookies, brownies, and lollipops. It can be brewed like a tea and can also be inhaled with the help of a vaporizer.

Marijuana affects every part of your body. It badly affects the immune system and nervous system. As you start smoking a pot, THC goes into your body instantly. But if you are eating some baked food then your body might take some time to absorb the THC. In case of baked food, first of all, THC breaks down in the stomach and then it enters the bloodstream. As you smoke, your body might notice some changes instantly. These effects of marijuana stop after three to four hours.

If you smoke a pot, it might increase heart rate. Due to this, some people get a heart attack as they try marijuana. This might increase the lower blood pressure, bleeding, and affect blood sugar.

It has still not proven whether marijuana causes lung cancer. So, the process definitely irritates your lungs. Hence, frequent pot smokers have problems with a cough and lungs including lung infections and chest colds.

Following are harmful effects of marijuana on your health:

  • Dizziness
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Shallow breathing
  • Increased appetite
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Dilated pupils

In case you are taking marijuana for a long time then you might have symptoms of physical withdrawal including cravings, less appetite, irritability, and sleeplessness — as you stop.

Effects to Mood and Mind

High use of marijuana makes people feel relaxed, happy and detached from bitter reality.

If you smoke a pot then it does not have pleasant effects too. People might feel:

  • Distorted sense of time
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Random thinking
  • Anxiety
  • Short-term forgetfulness

Above mentioned effects ease you up after a few hours of the drug usage.

Harmful Risks of Marijuana

If you purchase it from some legal dispensary, this might be tough to know that how much other ingredients or THC is in marijuana which you are eating. Hence its effects might be uncertain.

Intake of it might cause many health issues especially if you already have some bad condition including low blood pressure, liver disease, or diabetes.

For males, so much use of it can lower the levels of testosterone as well as sperm quality and count. Consequently, it might zap fertility and libido.

A research has shown that there is a connection between the use of marijuana and problems of mental health including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, short-term psychosis, and suicidal thoughts.

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