It also causes temporary distorted perception (sounds, time, touch etc. ), trouble thinking and solving problems. For some people smoking marijuana causes loss of motor coordination. But compare it to the short-term effect that tobacco produces. Tobacco’s short-terms effects are a lot more serious health wise.
It’s also associated with enhanced prevalence of schizophrenia, depression, and psychosis and suppresses the generation of hormones that help to control the reproductive system. In conclusion, marijuana use among young people has increased in the recent past because of the changes in modern environment and popular belief that it’s harmless. However, the use of the drug continues to have significant health effects on an individual, especially young people who are vulnerable to its damaging effects.
The chemical found in cannabis is THC which creates the distortion. Marijuana is most often smoked in a variety of ways, and sometimes ingested. Whether it is used medicinally or recreationally, its effects include increased heart rate, a dreamy sensation and lessened coordination and balance. For many first time users they may enjoy the effects and describe it as a pleasurable experience. But there are many negative side effects to this drug.
Even though, marijuana is used for some medical purposes there is still need for restraint and self-control when marijuana use is considered. There have been many studies proving that tobacco is more risky to the body then tobacco. Nicotine attacks and stimulates the nervous system while reaching the brain in a few seconds where it causes skeletal muscle relaxation. It is a fact that has been proven that smoking cigarettes causes many kinds of cancer but mainly lung cancer. It also increases greater risk of heart diseases, stokes, lip cancer, throat cancer, respiratory problems and chronic bronchitis.
Surveys show that cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and inhalants are the most commonly used drugs among teenagers age thirteen through eighteen. One of the most startling findings from recent data is the degree to which to which teenagers are now involved in drug use. This drug abuse problem has gotten worse. Perhaps our society must hit “rock bottom” before changes can occur. According to the Michigan Institute for Social research, reported the results of their 1992 and 1993 national survey of nearly fifty thousand American high school students across the country ages thirteen through eighteen.
Because it is usually smoked, it can cause side effects similar to smoking like respiratory disease or lung cancer. But it can also lead to addiction if it is used for too long. Since cognitive and motor skills are involved, people need to think about the effects marijuana use has before introducing these chemicals to the body. There are many who believe that legalization will lead to more cases of addiction and esp... ... middle of paper ... ...ijuana-headed-to-voters-139035634.html>. Lacey, Marc.
The fatalities cost the budget $224 billion according to a report released on January 10, 2014 from the centers for disease control and preventions (Kroll, 2014). In a 2010 survey done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 17.4 million people living in the United States agreed that they had consumed marijuana within the past month. The National Institute on Drug Abuse argues marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug (Cox, 2012). Both drugs can affect health in indirect ways. Marijuana and alcohol differ in how they affect the body and mind, in their long- term effects and in the number of fatalities resulting from their consumption.
Tobacco use has contributed to cases of stillborn babies, contributes to low birth weights and weak infant lungs, and increases a baby’s risk for developing SIDS. Smoking while pregnant also increases complications during pregnancy. Since smoke and chemicals found in tobacco cause damage to DNA and cells, this damage to cells in turn causes swelling and inflammation. Cells cannot function properly. “Smoking also causes oxidative stress, a condition that occurs as chemicals from cigarette smoke combine with oxygen in the body” (CDC, 2016).
Just like tobacco, marijuana can cause major irritation to the lungs and eventually cause respiratory problems. With all the smoke that goes through the lungs, regular users may eventually experience cough, phlegm, frequent chest illnesses, and add a greater risk of developing lung infections. Another risk to consider is how marijuana can affect your heart. After the first hour of smoking, users will experience their heart rate rise from up to 20-100 beats per minute (Harding, 2013). The risk of heart attack may rise, especially for users of an older age.
The truth is taking drugs may bring physical and psychological effects on individuals. Taking ecstasy as an example, also known as MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine, is a drug made with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and amphetamines. The effects of ecstasy begin about thirty minutes after use and may last for four hours (Hurwitz, 1992, 21). Owing to the new development of youth ¡§club¡¨ or ¡§rave¡¨ culture, there is a rise of ecstasy use as recreational drugs among the young generation. Referring to National Drug Strategy, it explains that 40 per cent of the Australian population aged 14 or older has tried cannabis which is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia.