Perhaps more so than with any other illegal drug, side effects resulting from marijuana use can vary widely. What side effects are felt is chiefly determined by the user's tolerance to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient of marijuana plants. As with many other mind altering drugs, a user's state of mind before using the drug plays a large part in the quality of the experience, as well as what side effects are experienced.
The drug abuse in teens has many negative effects, both long-term as well as short-term. Proper awareness among teens about these effects can keep them alarmed and away from Marijuana abuse. Here are a few short-term and long-term effects of Marijuana drug abuse among teens.
Short term effects:
Impacts brain function
The THC compound in Marijuana is carried to the brain it. THC binds with the Cannabinoid receptors of the nerves. These receptors control the memory, thought, sensation Marijuana abuse affects all these functions of brainthrough the blood stream whenever a person abuses nerve cells and changes the activities of neurons. As of pleasure, perception and concentration power,
Problem with thinking
Studies show that cognitive abilities of user are altered ability to learn and remember things and they perform studies. due to Marijuana abuse. The abused will have less worse in recalling the information.
It impacts their improper perception
Marijuana abuse results in increased sensory perceptions, distorted image of self and time perception. Marijuana affects the readiness to respond, motivation, ability to identify and distinguish the things.
Increases the heart rate, anxiety and panic
Heart beat will be increased more rapidly by smoking Marijuana. If a normal heart rate is 70 to 80 beats per minute, it is increased by 20 to 50 beats per minute or some times doubles after smoking Marijuana. Marijuana abuse also causes anxiety, fear, and panic.
It makes driving risky
THC affects the function of the cerebellum, which is a part of the brain that controls balance and coordination. It also affects the reaction time and judgment ability. So users can not react or take decisions quickly. The abuser cannot respond to sounds and signals while driving which increases the risk of accident.
Long term affects:
Affect on brain
The main chemical compound in Marijuana - THC, influences the vital nerve cells in the brain responsible for pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception. The users' ability to do the complex tasks can be reduced by using Marijuana. Users might face many other mental problems such as poor thinking, memory loss etc.
Affect on lungs and airways
Marijuana smokers are more likely to have breathing problems compared to tobacco smokers. The abused may frequently suffer from cough, chest cold, phlegm production and chest illness. It also increases the risk of obstructed airways and lung infections.
The smoke of Marijuana has some cancer causing compounds. Thus, smoking marijuana increases the chances of lung cancer. It also increases the risk of developing cancer to the head or neck of the user in the long run.
The immune system in human body protects it from many diseases. Marijuana usage affects the immune system of the users. Marijuana damages the ability of T lymphocytes in the lungs' immune defense system that are vital to fight off infections.
So why do people start using marijuana?
Many people say it was just simple curiosity or they thought that it would bring them pleasure and contentment in their lives. What people addicted to marijuana didn't know is that their curiosity and search for self fulfillment would eventually lead to addiction, isolation, and cause detrimental effects on their bodies and brains. People who are addicted to smoking pot and know they want to quit have a challenge ahead of them because this addiction is so strong.
The number one reason to quit being addicted to marijuana is your own health. Studies have shown that smoking of any kind can lead to all kinds of respiratory illnesses and even death through lung cancer. This is even true with marijuana, but marijuana does even more damage to the body than cigarettes because not only will it attack your body physically, it will attack your body mentally through your mind.
An addiction to marijuana has many negative effects on the body. Smoking of pot or cigarette's allows for toxic chemicals to enter your body. Carbon monoxide and tar enter the lungs, and in the case of marijuana, more than 2x the tar is deposited in the lungs than cigarettes. Smoking marijuana also affects your body is these ways! People who smoke pot, experience lower levels of self-esteem than regular people. They also experience an increase in memory loss. This is mostly seen in their short term memory, and they experience an increased emotional sensitivity. As you can see, being addicted to marijuana has so many unnecessary health risks, it is so important that people who smoke pot try to quit!
If you are addicted to marijuana and want to quit to save your health, the number one question is how do you stop smoking weed? Making positive choices and action are the easiest steps to help you quit. The first thing you need to do is tell yourself you are going to quit. List three positive reasons why you should quit smoking weed. You should then throw away everything or anything that is related to your marijuana use. Throw away posters, movies, pipes, bong, etc. If they are around, they will tempt you to start smoking again. Surround yourself with positive support. Find family members and friends that don't use pot and will help you on your journey to be drug free. This can be difficult. Remember they are here to help you so you must be willing to accept any help when you might need it or it is offered to you.
This is not going to be an easy time in your life. Quitting anything that is addictive is difficult and full or pitfalls. By staying positive, having a good support network established, and a plan of attack are going to make your journey to quit being addicted to marijuana much easier on yourself and everyone involved. It is going to be a great feeling to one day not need to take a hit knowing that you and your body are better off because of it.
These are some of the negative affects of the Marijuana. The abuse of marijuana affects teens in many other harmful ways. It is very important to spread awareness among teens about the health, safety and legal risks of Marijuana abuse.