Marijuana in some parts of the world like United State America are legalized and the former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo advocating its legalization and the Nigerian government earning revenue from it through taxation. Marijuana is a combination of shredded leaves, stems and flower buds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana can be smoked, eaten-cooked, baked, vaporized, brewed and even taken topically, but most people smoke it.
The intoxicating chemical in marijuana is tetrahydracannabinol, or THC. According to research from the Potency Monitoring Project, the average THC content of marijuana has soared from 3 to 4 percent in the 1990s, to nearly 13 percent in 2010. Today, some retail marijuana has 30 percent THC or more. One must know all about Marijuana including its side effect. When you are purchasing and consuming the next dose or quantity, have these in mind. Read below to know its characteristics.
1. Leads To Memory Loss
JAMA Internal Medicine published a study found that people who smoked marijuana on daily basis for a long period of time — five years or more — had poorer verbal memory in middle age than people who didn’t smoke, or who smoked less.
The researchers examined 3,400 people’s habits over a 25-year period. Everyone in the group took a cognitive skills test at the end of the study period, which determined the results. Legalizing marijuana in any part of the world would encourage its daily and constant usage and expose citizens to memory loss.
2. Mental Illness
Researchers have been carried out on Marijuana and more are still ongoing. NBC agreed that one potential risk of the drug is a mental illness which is Schizophrenia. Its symptoms are seen on the victim’s personality and they include; Delusions –individuals may believe that someone is spying on him or her, or that they are someone famous (or a religious figure).
Hallucination –seeing, feeling, tasting, hearing or smelling things that don’t really exist. Unorganized thought and speech pattern – from one topic to another, in an incoherent manner.
Social withdrawal – no interest, no initiative. Constant consumption may lead to depression and suicidal tendencies.
3. Heart and Stroke Risk
“A 2017 study by the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia found that those who used marijuana were 26 percent more likely to have a stroke than those who did not use marijuana. Those studied were also 10 percent more likely to have developed heart failure.
Marijuana can also raise heart rate by 20 percent to 100 percent shortly after smoking and the effect can last up to three hours, according to NIDA
4. Highly Addictive
30 percent users may have some degree of marijuana use disorder, according to NIDA. Long-term marijuana users who try to quit experience cravings, irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite and anxiety — some of the same physical symptoms of those trying to quit other types of drugs or alcohol.
5. Low Testosterone Levels
Marijuana also can reduce sperm production in men and disrupts a woman’s menstrual cycle, according to NIDA.
6. Lung Irritation
IT causes different respiratory issues like wheezing, coughing, air ways inflammation due to prolonged use of marijuana it stays longer because it requires deeper inhalation than cigarettes; it leaves three times the tar and five times the carbon monoxide as reported by University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.
7. Loss of Appetite
Constant addictive use of marijuana can affect the natural hormonal hunger pangs. Except, when the victim takes it, only then can he/she have appetite. Little wonder, some persons may smoke it at least 3 times a week, yet they will be slimmer than those who do not.
Now with the legalization of marijuana, a lot of products, drinks, snacks and food containing these substances are so much in the market. Care must be taken and questions asked where necessary to know what you eat or drink per time