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Seven Health Risks Associated With Marijuana Use
Despite What You May Have Heard, Marijuana Produces Health Problems
Marijuana consumption is a worldwide phenomenon. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 160 million people internationally use marijuana. Also called pot, weed, green, bud, Mary Jane, cannabis, and ganja, most people completely underestimate the health risks associated with marijuana use. Generally, those who use pot believe it is completely safe. This is simply not true.
If you’re a chronic weed user, you should know that pot is not without its ill effects. Here are seven health problems associated with marijuana:
- Continued use of pot can lead to psychological problems. Marijuana produces a euphoric effect that causes the user to experience an alternate reality. This can lead to extreme paranoia and even psychosis. It is not uncommon for someone who uses green on a regular basis to develop bizarre beliefs or experience hallucinations.
- It may be difficult to believe, but when someone uses bud, they are raising their risk of a heart attack. Marijuana is a stimulant drug that increases heart rate for up to three hours after the last use. As reported by ABC News, “a new study from Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School says marijuana increases the risk of having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking to five times that of non-smokers.”
- Weed causes breathing problems. Those who smoke pot are pulling large amounts of smoke into their lungs and small amounts of resin and marijuana particles. This can lead to chronic bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema and non-reversible asthma. Most people who smoke pot regularly have difficulty breathing and develop a chronic smoker’s cough.
- Marijuana use can lead to obesity. People who use bud often go on high calorie food binges when they are under the influence of the drug because it stimulates appetite. Although the drug does not cause weight gain, the munchies will.
- Cannabis use is linked to sexual performance and fertility issues. It lowers sperm count for men and disrupts the production of hormones in women making pregnancy difficult. Plus, many men report that the drug causes erectile dysfunction, which is both embarrassing and frustrating.
- Pot is bad for the brain. Not only does the drug destroy the mind’s ability to effectively process memories, studies have shown that marijuana has a direct effect on the parts of the brain responsible for learning, attention span, decision-making, coordination, and emotional regulation.
- Using bud on a regular basis can lead to addiction. Many people mistakenly believe that marijuana is not addictive. This is a myth. Marijuana is a psychologically addictive drug that can lead to dependence. People who are hooked on the stuff will experience withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, and poor concentration if they quit cold turkey.
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