Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant. The main active chemical present in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Apart from this it contains around 400 other dangerous chemicals.
Most users smoke marijuana with the help of hand-rolled cigarettes, some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Special marijuana cigars called as blunts are very popular. Marijuana is also used to brew tea and is sometimes mixed into foods.
What are the short-term dangers of smoking marijuana?
- Impaired memory and inability to learn
- Difficulties in thinking and problem solving
- Distorted Perception
- Anxiety attacks or feelings of paranoia
- Impaired muscle coordination and judgment
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Burning and stinging of mouth and throat
- Impairment in driving skills
- Increases the heart rate in normal people and worsens heart rate in with heart disease or high blood pressure.
What are the long-term dangers of smoking marijuana?
- Studies shows that the potential chemical -THC, present in marijuana adversely affect human brain and mental health.
- Regular use of marijuana or K2 shows the same respiratory problems as cigarette smoking. Persistent coughing, symptoms of bronchitis and more frequent chest colds are possible symptoms.
- Studies shows that long-term use of marijuana suppresses the production of hormones that help regulate the reproductive system both in men and women.
- Highly increases the risk of heart attack in regular users.
- Smoking marijuana on regular basis increases the likelihood of developing cancer of the head or neck.
- It has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because of the various carcinogens present in it.
- It may badly affect the immune system’s ability to fight disease.
- Chronic marijuana use causes high levels of depression, anxiety.
- Adversely affects the power of memory and learning.
To know more, you can also read our article Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health.