Also known as the peace plant, kush, pot, weed, etc. Cannabis has been inhaled, eaten, and used in a multitude of different ways. They all have one goal in mind; to get that lazy piece of momentary happiness in which the stresses of life seem to float away. The question is, while you are busy losing yourself in your own personal euphoria, how are you doing in real life? What is happening to your relationships, your work, and more importantly, your brain itself? Here are a few key facts that may have you think twice about picking up the pipe.
Short term pleasure with long term effects
Every time you “light one up” the effects seem to be nothing but good. You tell yourself you deserve it, it has been a long day and you are only going to take a few hits; but what the marijuana really doing to you?
Many studies have shown what that “high” is really doing to your body. Researchers have foundCannabis smoke has 50-70% more cancer causing ingredients than tobacco. In a major report it stated that just one joint is as harmful to your upper respiratory system as 5 cigarettes inhaled in succession. For heavy users this often results in bronchitis and other lung diseases.
The THC (the main component of marijuana) lingers in the body for weeks and may cause a build-up blocking neurological connections in brain cells. This can result in severe memory loss, issues with cognitive development/functioning, sperm deformities, genetic defects, preterm labor, etc.
More extended marijuana use has been linked to psychosis in several studies, as well as depression and severe anxiety.
Losing loved ones
In the most frequent users of cannabis, their minds are mostly consumed with thoughts of that next drag of mental recreation. With all cerebral efforts poured into one basket (or bong in this case) they have little enough intellectual energy for anyone else. They become withdrawn inside themselves leaving their loved ones alone and forgotten. Although there could be many other factors as to why a relationship could fall apart, a study run by Judith Brooks at NYU school of Medicine found that people who had smoked continuously in their adolescence, had less stable relationships throughout life.
Putting off bigger problems
Aside from the possibility of hurting those around you, smoking heavily is also detrimental to your goals as a person. Most people may try smoking once or twice in their lives due to peer pressure or experimentation; however studies have shown those that become addicted generally have more deep seeded issues. Negative events or feelings from the past can also have a lasting effect on your mental, emotional, and physical health. These personal vendettas need to be addressed in order to obtain a healthy happy life. But when marijuana is introduced into the system it has been found to block the neural passageways in charge of inner connections and memory. This causes a state of prolonged stagnation, making it easy to forget your problems instead of addressing them.
Drain on finances
The negative effects of cannabis could even stretch as far as your wallet. In a recent survey conducted the market for weed was estimated at a whopping 10-100 billion dollars. Now think back to how many times you have found yourself or a constant smoker you know, living paycheck to paycheck. How much money you make has more than likely has little to do with your lack of funding. Try keeping track of how much of your money goes to buying those few dozen grams every week or month and you be the judge.
If you do use marijuana or are debating continual use, at the end of the day you should be asking yourself just how smoking is worth to you. With so many negative factors involved, how much are you willing to sacrifice to stay in your momentary bliss?