How Does Marijuana Affect Your Body?

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There are many different varieties of marijuana and they all contain THC,

which is the main active chemical that effects changes in the brain of the user.  The effects of marijuana depends on the strength and how potent the THC is, along with the many other chemicals that are present in marijuana.

The most common use of marijuana is to smoke it.  THC is highly fat soluble, along with the other relative chemicals, THC rapidly enter the brain and fat cell storage’s of the body.  Marijuana starts affecting the body within minutes of inhalation of the smoke and cause your blood level to rise with peak physiologic and personal effects typically lasting from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the potency and strength of the cannabis.  In the United States, marijuana is by far the most used illegal substance.   Because marijuana is stored in fat cells, it can be detected for as long as 2 to 4 weeks by the most current drug testing methods.

There are many different affects on a persons performance caused by the use of marijuana

including: impaired skills requiring eye-hand coordination and a fast reaction time, although… have you ever seen a pothead play video games? It can reduce motor coordination, tracking ability and perceptual accuracy, reduce concentration and may seem to slow time down as well. Marijuana gives you a strong desire to eat food and snack often while coming down from the peak of your high. One of marijuana’s most common effect is the lack of motivation a person may experience.. Although if a person is naturally unmotivated, marijuana could have a reverse effect and actually motivate them.

THC is stored in body fat

It is definitely not classed as a performance-enhancing potential drug.  Skill impairments may last up to 24 hours due to the fact the THC is stored in body fat.  Other short term affects may be loss in memory and learning skills (thinking and problem solving), increased heart rates and blood pressure drops, anxiety and some people may have affects of runny noses, sore throats and wheezing.  The longer affects of marijuana use may be damages to the chronic respiratory since marijuana smokers often inhale the non-filtered smoke in there lungs for long periods of time.  Long term affects could also be lack of ambition to carry out your long term goals.

Is marijuana addictive?

Marijuana can be just as addictive as any other substance, it all depends on a persons ability and will power to stop.  Marijuana use has been associated with the development of tolerance in which the user may have a tendency to increase the amount of marijuana used.  According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 196,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, indicating that they needed help to stop using the drug.

Is marijuana really a medicine?

We cannot deny the fact that Marijuana is an extremely effective medicine for many different physical and mental illnesses. Cancer patients cope better with marijuana due to the nasty side-effects of chemotherapy. One cancer patient opt-ed out of chemo, and took extremely high dosages of THC pills instead which still made him sick, but nothing like the chemotherapy would have. That patient is now cancer free. Watch the video in our videos section

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