The Term Effects Of Marijuana

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Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. THC is the mind altering compound found in marijuana. Research states that it is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. People use marijuana in several ways including rolling it up like a cigarette, using water pipes, in empty cigar papers called “blunts”, and some people also use vaporizers. Others have also used marijuana in foods like cookies, brownies, and candy. Marijuana has been said to have effects on the brain that are short-term and long-term. When marijuana is smoked, it goes through the bloodstream from the lungs. A person normally feels the “high” effect within 30 minutes to an hour. It interferes with the …show more content…
These effects are sometimes permanent. There is some research that states that long-term marijuana use can even affect a person’s IQ. This research applied to people who started smoking in their teens. Marijuana can also cause problems with other functions like breathing. Examples of this include a daily cough, risk of lung infections, and phlegm. It also raises the heart rate for up to three hours after a person has smoked it which could possibly lead to heart problems. Marijuana use has been linked to problems with babies when a mother who is pregnant smokes. It can cause problems with the unborn child’s brain. Other problems with the children can include problems with attention, memory, and problem-solving. Marijuana use has been shown to cause temporary hallucinations, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in young users. Marijuana has other effects as well. Some other effects include reports from people experiencing lower life satisfaction, poorer mental health, poorer physical health, and relationship problems. Some have even said it impacts career and school …show more content…
That is determined by your genes and family history and the age at which one started smoking. Addiction occurs when a person has trouble controlling their drug use and can’t stop even though they want to. Research states that about nine percent of people who smoke marijuana will become addicted, and the younger you are when you start, the higher the risk for addiction. While these are some of the many negative issues related to Marijuana use, there are also some positive aspects to legalizing this drug. One such benefit would be for medicinal purposes. Marijuana side effects can be beneficial to people suffering from nausea and lack of appetite from chemotherapy treatments. It has also been tied to the relief of some symptoms of Glaucoma, Epilepsy, and AIDS. The use of marijuana for medical purposes has been approved by some states and continues to be a hot election topic in others. While the marijuana debate now lies in the hands of individual states, a federal repeal of current marijuana laws would be very effective in my opinion. Federal laws related to marijuana use and possession has caused a lot of problems socially, financially and emotionally for many individuals and

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