The Effects of Smoking Marijuana
January 26th, 2015
Marijuana has long been debated in between the two worlds of the so-called “acceptable” drugs and those that are fully unacceptable and illegal. In many countries out there, marijuana has been legal for a long time now and more recently more and more states in America have legalized it for medicinal use only.
The main concern related to the use of marijuana is connected to the fact that a lot of specialists believe that it is a “gateway” drug – a drug that can lead to trying other more powerful drugs as well (such as cocaine, meth and so on). However, other specialists agree on the fact that there is no actual reason to consider marijuana to fall into this category.
While the benefits of Marijuana are highly praised by a large number of people (which has also made authorities legalize it for medicinal use), there are also other effects one should be familiar with. Here are some of the things Marijuana can cause:
Used on the long-term, marijuana can lead to bad short term memory, lack of motivation, inability (or difficulty) in processing complex information, inability to focus, a poor immune system and even the risk of developing lung cancer.
Also, marijuana is known to cause addiction as well and although some of the users out there would not agree with this, quitting marijuana can lead to withdrawal symptoms that are quite severe as well: aggression, anxiety, decreased appetite and depression.
Another thing you may want to know about marijuana is connected to the fact that some specialists believe that it does not cause psychological addiction only (leaving the brain want for more dopamine that is secreted when the “pot” is smoked), but physiological addiction as well.