HEALTH ISSUES OF MARIJUANA
February 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ganja, herb, smoke, weed, cannabis, marijuana… The ‘sacred pant’, as it is popularized in some circles, is used by millions of people around the world and its use is enjoying a spike in legalization in the west. Nevertheless, this plant is not without dangers. Actually more dangerous than previously suspected, its misdeeds are clearly being demonstrated… Loss of memory and neurons, increased rates of accidents, cancers, here are the five main dangers related to the consumption of this drug.
A Yahoo News/Marist poll conducted in 2017 demonstrated that approximately 35 million Americans use marijuana every month. The same study concluded that at least 78 million Americans reported having tried marijuana at some time in their lives. Altogether, 55 million US residents reported having used the substance during the past year.
The effect sought by marijuana users may be an escape from its pitfalls, but also the relaxation, euphoria and disinhibition it can provide. Weed is generally used to have a good time with friends and to chase away the dark thoughts, relax. But this sensation has a price, sometimes high, no pun intended.
Marijuana is dangerous. Heavy Cannabis consumption is associated with several dangers that can profoundly affect the health of users, even several years after stopping. A study by Northwestern medical researchers has recently demonstrated its devastating effects on the brain. Back to the top five dangers of marijuana.
MARIJUANA HEALTH ISSUES
It’s important to note that the health issues related to marijuana listed below are associated with its consumption via smoking:
Like any other drug, marijuana can lead to addiction. Not only can they no longer do without this drug, but the more they consume, the more they need. A state of craving with everything that comes with it, such as depression, mood swings or constant irritability, is a possible outcome among regular marijuana users.
Throat and lung cancer
Marijuana smoke has more toxic substances than cigarettes. Like tabacco, marijuana is smoked and can cause deadly cancers, particularly of the throat and the lungs.
The association between cigarette smoke and lung cancer is well-known. Studies over the past decades show that marijuana smoke has several of the same harmful substances found in tobacco. Among the dangerous chemical compounds, we find the following:
• Vinyl chlorides
• Reactive oxygen species
It’s important to note that the consumption habits of cigarettes and marijuana differ. Cigarette smokers usually smoke several times a day, often reaching several dozen cigarettes, while marijuana smokers will smoke less often. Regular marijuana might smoke between 2 and 5 cigarettes per day.
A study conducted by medical researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago has recently revealed the dangers of marijuana use on the brain. To complete their research, they looked at the medical records of 97 people who smoked marijuana daily for three years and started at age 16 or 17. Scientists have realized that the memory structure of the brain has shrunk in these young adults, causing memory loss, but also difficulties in processing information. These results were observed two years after the subjects had stopped using marijuana, proving that this drug has long term effects.
Marijuana causing mental illness?
In addition to memory loss, researchers at Northwestern University have observed a change in the brain structure where the memory is located. The latter collapsed inward causing a loss of neurons. According to scientists, some of these abnormalities had similarities to those observed in the brain of schizophrenics. Researchers also noted that the younger was the age of the user, the more disastrous were the effects.
BENEFITS OF SMOKING MARIJUANA
We can’t discuss the ill effects of marijuana without talking about its benefits. Although there are current researches targeting the medical use of marijuana oil, there’s a consensus amongst the medical community in regards to the benefits of smoking marijuana. They are the following.
• Pain killing properties, especially for chronic resistant pain
• Anti-spasm properties, useful in cases of multiple sclerosis or even partial epilepsy
• Anti-emetic and anti-nausea properties, for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with AIDS
• Appetite stimulant, in case of severe loss of appetite or cachexia in elderly patients or patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or AIDS
• Improves sleep
• Induces a dilatation of the bronchi, but which is insufficient for the treatment of asthma
• Dilation of blood vessels that can improve symptoms of glaucoma