Marijuana use has been a controversial subject since the beginning of time. People have long used this agent with hopes of achieving a euphoric state. It is practically illegal to consume in most of the continental United States. Yet, there are people who feel the need to use marijuana under the guides that it is an herb and is something that is beneficial for the body. The biggest claim is that it “can cure” cancer. The issue that I find with that statement is that I have yet to see anyone with cancer be cured from smoking marijuana or consuming marijuana enriched products. Cannabis smokers love to cling to the fact that it is a natural plant. We find that the plant is frequently used more for recreational usage than for medicinal purposes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC) is the main active ingredient in marijuana. It is responsible for being the catalyst for altering the mind.
As far as health is concerned, there does not seem to be much benefit for people who consume cannabis. Besides appetite enhancement, analgesia in cancer patients and glaucoma management there really are no other serious benefits to marijuana consumption. One of the biggest issues with gleaning the few benefits of cannabis is that one is required to constantly use the plant to experience a tangible effect. By doing so, it causes you to be high the majority of the time. It is not necessary for your cognitive functions to be consistently altered for you to receive such minute or insignificant results that can be achieved through alternative means.
The technical definition of a drug is anything that is isolated and concentrated from its original source. In its purest form, I’m quite sure that marijuana is not as bad as it is made out to be. However, once you begin to add and subtract substances from the equation under the auspices of fortifying the plant, things can get tricky.
Let’s name a few of the side effects of cannabis consumption for those who believe that marijuana consumption is a healthy thing.
1. The moment you consume marijuana your heart rate speeds up and the bronchial passages begin to relax. Blood vessels in your eyes start to swell making your eyes turn red and slightly close.
2. The THC in cannabis alters the mind’s ability to process information because of the effect it has on the hippocampus. The hippocampus is section of the brain that is responsible for processing memory information. As you grow older and continue to consume the weed the neurons of the hippocampus begin to die making it harder for you to recall things from your memory.
3. If you begin consuming marijuana in your teenage years it will have a more harsh effect on you. Studies show that consumption of cannabis in these early years can lead to dropping out of high school, lowering cognitive abilities, pushing you into stronger drugs and lower IQ scores.
Based on the information provided in this article one has to ask themselves if it would be worth the trouble to consume weed. Unless you have cancer or a severe degenerative disease and you are seeking pain relief then it is a waste of time. If you are just simply along for a euphoric ride then you must recognize the facts associated with the overconsumption of the drug.