Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States, but is also becoming popular as a prescribed treatment to some chronic illnesses. Marijuana has been found to be beneficial to those who suffer with chronic illness such as, Tourette’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Glaucoma and Epilepsy. Some smokers and activists believe that using marijuana has no negative effects on the body but the research of scientist show that marijuana use can cause short-term effects, effects on the brain, the heart and lungs as well as some psychological effects.
Some short-term effects marijuana can cause are distorted perception, problems with memory and learning, loss of coordination, and may experience trouble with thinking or problem solving. Some more serious short term effects maybe include increased heart rate that can lead to a more serious effect.
Delta-9 Terahydrocannabinol also referred to as THC is the active ingredient found in marijuana that influences the activity of the cannabinoid receptors found on nerve cells that control pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, time perception and coordinated movements. Therefore when high doses of marijuana are either ingested by way of food or smoked from a pipe or joint users can experience hallucinations, delusions, impaired memory or may even become disoriented.
A marijuana smoker can experience an increase in heart rate by 20 – 100 percent right after smoking and can continue to experience this rapid heart rate for up to 3 hours, because of this study shows that marijuana users have a 4.8 increase in risk of having a heart attack within the first hour of smoking the drug. Not only does marijuana affect the heart it also causes damage to the lungs.
Marijuana smoke contains 50 – 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke, causing irritation to the lungs. Marijuana smokers tend to inhale deeper than a tobacco smoker would and hold their breath much longer causing...