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The Truth About Marijuana

On the 12th of November 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two states in the United States to legalize marijuana. Since then states like Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland and some other states have legalized marijuana. There are arguments for against the subject that are equally convincing however when it comes to weighing the pro’s and con. While marijuana may have some good side effects or a small number of bad side effects, the bad tend to outweigh the good. Cannabis users will argue that marijuana isn’t addictive and that it isn’t harmful when had in a certain form or way, but there is medical proof that the effects of marijuana are most definitely underplayed.

Marijuana in India is more of a taboo topic while alcohol and its abuse have become a rather common topic of conversation. Marijuana is still something spoken about in secret, these days. Getting high might seem like a lot of fun as the THC affects the reward system in your brain that reacts well to pleasurable responses like sex or chocolate. This is what makes marijuana seem harmless. Something this good can’t be that bad, right? Wrong. The effects of marijuana on your body, especially your brain, can be quite drastic. The American Medical Association stated that the “Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood, and psychotic thought disorders.” Some studies have been carried out, charts grafted and files filed in association to the effects of this particular drug. The most common and immediate effects of this drug are a sense of euphoria, giddiness, relaxation, a change in the perception of time, laughter and an increase in appetite. None of which are mind boggling symptoms.  It is what happens in the long run that can be a cause for concern. Retaining facts and focusing become tough when one is under the influence of THC. Most drugged driving happens under the influence of this particular drug since it is the cheapest and most easily available. Over time, it also has a tendency to reduce your IQ levels drastically. Although, according to some studies in New Zealand, the decrease in IQ and the neuropsychological effects of marijuana have been known to affect teen smokers more than those who had started smoking during adulthood.  What starts out as occasional smoking, in no time at all, leads to smoking pot more than 4-5 times a day at least. Harmless fun soon leads to lethal addiction. Since the drug makes it hard to concentrate, most teens who indulge in this drug are unable to concentrate on school work or anything important at the moment. This soon leads to a lowering of grades and possibly even dropping out of schools. The use of marijuana can also, sometimes, be a trigger for latent mental disorders and can be known to increase depression and the feeling of loneliness.

There are also physical effects caused by marijuana smoking. After just a few minutes of smoking pot, you may find that your heart rate increases – to even more than double its rate at times; your bronchial passages relax and the redness in your eyes is caused by the blood vessels in your eyes enlarging. Your chances of a heart attack also increase the blood pressure increases and the ability of blood capacity to carry oxygen reduces by a large margin. These are just some of the effects that have been noted so far. Studies are still going on and in the meantime, there are a number of cities and states legalizing as well as banning the use of marijuana even for recreational purposes. Any type of smoke is extremely harmful to the lungs, this includes marijuana. The chances of developing or triggering off a cancer cell increase tenfold with the use of marijuana, especially on a regular basis. It contains irritants and carcinogens of up to 70 percent more than tobacco. (However, there may be a number of users that will completely deny this fact and even convince you that it is a safer and healthier substitute when compared with tobacco.) Most of the diseases linked with marijuana are respiratory and heart diseases which most definitely take its toll in the long run.

Many cases have been noted where the all these effects induce a sense of psychosis. While for some people the experience may be fun, for others it can be deadly. Sometimes they imagine things that aren’t there and that can scare them or make them paranoid. Their extreme sense of relaxation can also cause them to seek out more thrilling activities that are, in reality, exponentially dangerous. Their sense of the present situation is distorted and nothing is what it seems to be, but they do not realize this. People already suffering from mental conditions like depression can be invited. Many have committed or attempted to commit suicide under the influence of THC. While for some it can make them calmer and more relaxed, others reveal their latent, more violent personalities if a particular situation arises. You never know what can trigger off a person in such a delicate state of mind. All their senses seem heightened when they are, in fact, numb to most of the things happening around them.

The arguments for the use or legalization of marijuana can be made but they will never compare, in equal measure, to the ill effects of the user of this drug. Most cases of the abuse of this drug are hardly ever spoken about and so people disregard all the harmful effects till they have confronted with it themselves or through a loved one. People need to be educated of what goes through their systems and out of it. Proper information must primarily be given to teens and young adults that are most prone to fall into the trap of drug abuse. They must be introduced face to face with people who have been through the mill.