They also contain more than 400 other chemicals. Marijuana’s effects on the user depend on its strength or potency, which is related to the amount of THC it contains. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the 1970s" (http://uodos.uoregon.edu/SupportandEducation/SubstanceAbusePreventionandStudentSuccess/Marijuana/tabid/83/Default.aspx) First of all, marijuana Damages on the brain are a lot. In fact it can do more damage than it can help. Some people might say that Marijuana can help with diseases like cancer but it can damage you brain cells and cause you a different cancer.
With a topic this controversial, there are numerous pros and cons to legalizing this plant. There are numerous short term affects that marijuana has on the body. Research findings show that after only a few minutes of smoking marijuana, the individual’s heart rate speeds up, the bronchial passages relax and become enlarged, and the blood vessels in the eyes expand, creating the appearance of red eyes. The heart rate, which normally is 70 to 80 beats per minute, may increase by up to 20 to 50 beats, and sometimes even doubles. Several other studies have shown the harm that marijuana does to the body.
Using marijuana can cause an alteration of heart rate, cause intense anxiety, panic attacks or paranoia (Fact Sheet, par. 7). This could worsen pre-existing heart conditions that people may or may not know about. Smoking marijuana, in some ways, is like smoking cigarettes. Marijuana can produce airway injury, coughing and wheezing, some of the symptoms of cigarette smoking (Marijuana).
Long term affects on the body from marijuana can begin with addiction to the drug. The consistent use can cause chronic cough and bronchitis. The risk of anxiety and depression are also an increas... ... middle of paper ... ...ce of marijuana the first thing to be altered is his or her short-term memory. Marijuana's damage to short-term memory occurs because THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory formation. Because it is a steroid, THC acts on the hippocampus and inhibits memory retrieval.
Other effects can include heightened sensory perception (e.g., brighter colors), laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite. Marijuana also inhibits the formation of new memories and causes coordination and balance to be degraded. These reactions are caused by binding the receptors in the cerebellum and base ganglia. The effect is similar to the impairments that are normally associated with consuming alcohol. Habitual users can also develop acute psychosis, a fundamental derangement of the mind (as in schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2007; 4 (1): 4-16 Bureau of Justice Statistics, (1992) December, Drugs, crime and justice system Goode, E. (1970). The marijuana smokers (pp. 201-202). New York: Basic Books Hall, W. Adverse health effects of cannabis use: what are they and what are their implications for policy?
Heavy use of alcohol can increase the risk of certain types of cancers, stroke, and even cause liver disease. For some individuals alcohol increases anger, attitude and other hidden issues that otherwise tend to stay under control. What are the effects of cannabis on the body and mind? Cannabis effects the body by connecting to the receptors in the brain to create the high feeling that is given, other physical effects include breathing problems increasing the chance of lung infections and increased heartrate which can increase the risk of a heart attack. The effects of pot on the mind include altered senses colors can appear brighter, impaired body movement, altered sense of time, change in mood, impaired problem solving, and can effect memory.
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. Marijuana affects both the body and the mind. Marijuana affects the cardiovascular system and relaxes the user’s nervous system. An increase in the blood pressure and heart rate is a factor with the use of marijuana. Marijuana can also impair balance and coordination which leads to the risk of hurting oneself (Brownstein, 2014).
These long terms hazards of marijuana use include chronic cough, mucus, nasal congestion, a lack of motivation, and a decrease in sexual desires. MRI tests show patients given Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have reduced functions in the inferior frontal cortex brain region. The inferior frontal cortex is associated with controlling inappropriate behavioral responses to situation. Some of marijuana’s main effects include... ... middle of paper ... ...a bag or two of marijuana they should be focusing their time on other criminals. More than 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year.
Carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. This, combined with the effects produced by nicotine, creates an imbalance in the demand for oxygen by the cells and the amount of oxygen the blood is able to supply. The comparison of the short-term effects of both drugs obviously shows that tobacco is more dangerous since tobacco has sudden drastic internal health changes. The long-term effect of marijuana is that marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing comp...