Do you know after alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the US?
Many US states such as Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.
However, as it is said, “Excess of everything is bad”. No matter how you use marijuana, the drug can potentially cause adverse effects on your health and body.
Read on to know how it negatively affects your body:
1. Respiratory problems
Whether you are smoking marijuana infrequently or frequently, it can be very harmful and can give rise to a number of respiratory problems like:
- Irritation in the throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs
- Wheezing and coughing
- Production of phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tract
- Higher risk of bronchitis and lung infections
- Asthma and cystic fibrosis
- Risk of lung cancer
- Acute chest illnesses
2. Risk of heart attack
You will be surprised to learn that after smoking marijuana, your heart rate may increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute.
Smoked marijuana produces THC and other cannabinoids which are very harmful to the cardiovascular system.
If you are suffering from any heart illness, marijuana could put you at a greater risk of heart attack and stroke as the heart begins pounding faster and the blood pressure may rise.
3. Affects brain health
Oftentimes, people consume high doses of marijuana to relieve acute pain and to feel better.
However, there are some long-term adverse effects of marijuana on your brain health like:
- Memory loss risk
- Affects your body balance, coordination, and reflex response
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Mental health illnesses like depression and anxiety
- Affects brain development in older children and teenagers
- May affect your focus, memory, and learning power
4. Digestive issues
When taken orally, marijuana can cause harmful digestive issues like:
- While you’re breathing, you may feel some stinging or burning effect in your mouth and throat
- It can cause nausea and vomiting
- It may damage your liver
- A sudden increase in your appetite
5. Cancer risk
As per a study, marijuana smokers are 3 times more likely to have head or neck cancer than non-smokers.
This is because marijuana smoke has more tar than tobacco smoke.
Some evidence also suggests that heavy use of marijuana may lead to testicular cancer.
In the end…
Apart from the above, marijuana has many potential short and long-term negative health and body effects that outweigh its medicinal benefits.
In US states where marijuana medical or recreational use is not legal, people should consult their healthcare provider about what is best for them.
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