How Smoking Marijuana (Cannabis) Affects Your Health
The name marijuana is the most common in most countries other than its technical name cannabis. Of course, there are various names people use to describe marijuana like bhang, kaya, weed, kush and many more but the question is, how does it affect your health?
Let’s dig in….
Firstly, if you are smoking marijuana beware you are risking your health. hmmn…how?
Marijuana contains toxins and carcinogens that are dangerous to your body. Moreover, it is a non-commercial drug and illegal in most countries.
To be more factual, marijuana contains levels of a chemical compound known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Therefore, the more you use or smoke marijuana, the higher levels of THC you consume.
They get into your body systems hence, causing addiction! Its use has been linked to psychosis.
However, this drug can cause cancer, strokes, heart attack, as well as depressed immune system.
In spite of that, if you are a mother and you use this drug be warned. You are prone to giving birth to small, underweight babies.
In addition, as your babies grow up, they develop cognitive impairment and behavioural problems.
Besides, for male users of marijuana (cannabis), incidences of impotence and infertility are on the rise.
Effects on Your Mind
- Problems with memory and learning.
- Distorted perception.
- Difficulty in thinking and problem solving.
- Loss of coordination.
- Amotivational syndrome (Apathy).
- Impairment of judgement.
- Memory concentration lost.
- Loss of motivation, ambition and interest.
High doses of marijuana can eventually result in mental confusion, panic reactions and hallucinations.
Furthermore, marijuana increases risk of depression and earlier onset of schizophrenia in addition to other psychotic disorders.
Effects on Your Body
Short-term physical effects.
Generally, they include sedation, bloodshot eyes, increased heart rate, coughing, increased appetite. Also, an extended use may cause suppression of the immune system.
Withdrawal from chronic use of high doses of marijuana causes physical effects such as headache, shaking, sweating, stomach pains and nausea.
How about behavioural signs?
During withdrawal, you experience conditions like irritability, decreased appetite, restlessness.
Drugs with similar effect to Marijuana
Apart from marijuana(cannabis), there is this drug that mostly lavish people associate themselves with…HASHISH & HASHISH OILS.
These are drugs fortified with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) material from marijuana plant.
Others are made into balls, cookie-like substances or cakes by compression!
What is the legal status of marijuana in your country?
In Kenya, my country, marijuana is a Schedule I substance under Controlled Substances Act.
Schedule I drugs are classified as having high potential for abuse. They have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in Kenya.
Nevertheless, they lack accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.
However, Marinol which is a synthetic version of THC can be prescribed for control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents, in management of cancer and can also stimulate appetite in HIV/AIDS patients.
It falls under schedule III under the Control Substance Act in Kenya.
Schedule III drugs are classified as having less potential for abuse than those in Schedule I and II. Therefore, they can be used for medical purposes.
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