Marijuana has been making headlines because some individuals are imposing its legalization for medicinal purposes. There is no telling when this controversy will stop, however, one thing is for sure and that is, smoking pot is addictive and it poses a great threat to our health when abused.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) which conducted a study in 2014, marijuana is the most popular prohibited drug consumed and it is alarming to note that there is rising number of teenagers who are involved in its use. Here are some of the negative effects of weeds to the human body when overused.
Smoking pot is dangerous as cigarette smoking. It can irritate the airways which cause users to experience frequent coughing, increased phlegm production or worse, breathing problems. Marijuana use is also associated with higher risk of having respiratory system infections. The smoke of weed also contains various chemicals and carcinogens which are believed to cause lung cancer, however, more research is required.
Increased Heart Rate
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main ingredient in Cannabis that causes them to feel high. Moreover, this chemical causes an increase in a marijuana user’s heart rate from 20 to 50 beats per minute which can last up to three hours after use. This increases the likelihood of heart attack particularly to older people and to those who already have heart problems.
3.Mental Health Affectation
Another effect of THC to cannabis users is mind alterations. Long-term use of marijuana is linked to mental problems such as temporary hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression. Pregnant women who are smoking pot could give birth to a baby that has memory and concentration problems because marijuana affects the brain of an unborn child.
Men who are inhaling marijuana smoke are prone to harm fertility. For one, it lowers the volume of semen. Based on a study conducted to Danish men ages 18 to 28 in the years 2008 to 2012, it was concluded that regular cannabis smoking resulted in 28% reduction in sperm concentration. Another study from the University of Buffalo released in 2003 revealed that sperms of those who smoke weed moves quickly and too early which ruins fertility.
According to several studies, men who are using marijuana have lesser seminal fluid and sperm volume. Moreover, their sperms behave oddly. These factors negatively affect fertility and the direction is towards sterility. Therefore, to those users who wanted to bear a child, you might want to think twice before you smoke weed.
To conclude, the use of marijuana is still in hot debate because of its risk to our health. In addition, it is a known fact that cannabis is addictive which could ruin users’ daily life. It was not included in the list of illicit drugs for no reason anyway.