Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana became a popular word that you can hear in televisions and radios, as well as you can read in newspapers and the internet. It has been describing as one of the most dangerous substances or plants due to effects it can give to the one using it. Countries had been aware of its effects and had made some laws regarding buying and selling it.


Getting to Know Marijuana

Marijuana has been the talk of the town and been one of the most dangerous substances that have been banned and illegalized to some countries. It can also be called by its slang terms Mary Jane, ganja, bud, grass, pot, herb, and weed. This looks like a gray mixture of shredded dried flowers and leaves of Cannabis sativa.


This specific substance can be used or consume in different ways:


  • Joint – rolling buds and papers; most common way to consume marijuana
  • Blunt – rolled cigar papers which hold much more marijuana
  • Pipe – lightweight and portable which keeps the smoking process simple
  • Drinks – brewing weed tea
  • Dab – known as Butane Hash Oil (BHO) which can be smoke with a rig with blowtorch
  • Bong – comes in all shapes and sizes and looks like a vase
  • Bubbler – mini bong in a size of a pipe which is portable and keeps smoking experience smooth and nice
  • Vaporizers – heats up marijuana without creating a smoke
  • Capsules – more potent and concentrated
  • Tincture – taken under the tongue and acts like you are smoking but without really the need for the smoke bit
  • Spray – effective, discrete, convenient, and quick
  • Edibles – delicious way to consume marijuana


Effects of Marijuana

There is always a reason why a specific country would not allow the use of marijuana. It has been studied that there are some effects of Marijuana which is not helpful and damages someone’s body and health. Some countries allow growing and using marijuana for it is used for medical purposes, but there are some that over consume it which leads to some effects.


         Short Term

  • Short term memory problems
  • Severe anxiety, paranoia
  • Very strange behavior, psychosis
  • Panic
  • Hallucinations
  • Sense of personal identity loss
  • Lowered reaction time
  • Increased heart rate and risk of stroke
  • Problems with body coordination
  • Sexual problems in males
  • Contract sexually transmitted diseases (STD) than nonusers in females


Long Term

  • Declined ID
  • Poor school performance, reason for dropping out
  • Impaired ability and thinking to perform and learn complex tasks
  • Lower life satisfaction
  • Addiction when started early and could not stop
  • Potential development of opiate abuse
  • Intimate partner violence which leads to relationship problems
  • Antisocial behavior including lying or stealing money
  • Financial difficulties due to Marijuana is expensive
  • Increased welfare dependence
  • Greater chances of not landing a job or being unemployed


Though negative outweigh positive effects, there are still some researchers that point out the health benefits of Marijuana once it has been used for medical purposes. Make sure to be aware either your country allows the use of it or it is prescribed by your physicians.

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