Side Effects of Marijuana
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is derived from the plant of cannabis sativa. The most important constituents of marijuana are psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol). The legal use of marijuana has been quite under debate in recent times and is still under debate in many parts of the world. Some states of United States have already legalized the use of marijuana while others are looking forward to lift up the ban on its use. Marijuana is being legalized because of its uses in the medical world.
Nowadays, people are surely looking for the benefits of marijuana. Different researchers are putting their efforts in their labs to find out the convincing information about the cannabis. Although cannabis has many convincing benefits associated with the medical health, but there have been many reasonsbehind its illegality in the past years. The reasons behind this illegality have been many different short term and long term side effects of marijuana.
Short term side effects are those which are evident during the use of marijuana and go away as soon as the use of marijuana is stopped. Long term side effects are those which stay with the user for long time due to the use of marijuana. Let’s discuss some short term side effects of marijuana first. The short term side effects include the following:
One of the main short term side effects of smoking marijuana include paranoia. Whenever you smoke pot, it makes you feel anxious. You get more concerned about the public eye and you feel paranoid. This feeling can seriously harm the social image of a person.
Increased heart beat:
Smoking cannabis can immediately increase the heart rate. This increment in heart rate can make you feel racing. The risks, for a smoker, of having a heart attack increases five times as compared to the one who doesn’t smokes weed.
Smoking pot can cause bewilderment in some people while it can bring pleasure to some. Mainly, the people experiencing pot for the first time get puzzled and their view get distorted and disoriented.
Other short term side effects of marijuana include short term forgetfulness, mucus development,depressions and hallucinations etc.
The long term side effects of marijuana include the following:
Psychosis is a type of mental disorder in which a person loses contact with the reality. Marijuana is believed to increase the psychotic effects in the smoker. There has been a lot of debates regarding marijuana’s effects on psychotic patients. Some believe that it eases the psychotic effects while others share the different point of view.
Smoking tar is one of the main delivery methods employed for taking marijuana. Smoking has never been beneficial for health because of the smoke that enters the lungs. When smoke enters the lungs, it leaves tar in the lungs. This tar deposition can lead to failure of lungs.
Disturbed REM sleep:
REM stands for rapid eye movement. REM is the final phase in the sleep cycle of a person. This final phase is considered to be the most beneficial and important part of sleep. People who smoke pot get less REM time. Lesser REM time corresponds to disturbed sleep.
Although there are many benefits of marijuana but its side effects cannot be ignored. Proper care must be taken before using marijuana for either, recreational purpose or medical purpose. If the side effects weigh more than the benefits, then the use of marijuana should not be practiced at any cost.