The positive and negative effects of marijuana has always been debatable, while there are research studies and claims of the advantages, there are several other findings which showed both short term and long term side effects of taking it on the human body system.
Taking the politics and the marketers out of this, the form of taking weed should be clearly emphasized whenever the dangers and benefits are highlighted.
While there are some benefits when cannabis are taken raw, the risks in smoking weed outweigh any proposed advantage and here today, we tell you the reasons marijuana is bad for you.
Smoking Marijuana (weed) poses Psychological Risks
Marijuana can have strong effects on your brain and thinking. Studies have shown that it heightens anxiety and make victims to express unnecessary fear.
Mental performance can be impaired after a long time of taking weed. In fact, some studies revealed that the ability to shift thinking and perform in work optimally is greatly reduced as those who’re on cannabis easily get disturbed and frustrated when they’re multitasked.
Although there are ‘mixed’ reactions as to whether marijuana can really cause damage to the brain, the question is not whether cannabis actually harms the brain or not but how much it interfere with the CNS and if there’s any significant negative effect in the long run. Many proposed it can cause insanity and this belief is common in African societies.
Weed and psychosis
A long term effects of smoking cannabis is another area of concern and there’s no doubt that smoking weed can increase the risk of suffering from psychosis. No study has been able to claim psychosis as a result of smoking but many who smoke it later become dependent
The risk of lung cancer
Marijuana contains tar and carcinogenic substances and thereby increases the chance of weed smokers from developing the cancer of the lungs.
It causes damage to brain
Smoking pot at an early age when the brain cognitive domain has not really developed to maturity level can cause permanent damage to the brain compared to adults who can come back to normal after some time after quitting smoking.
Frequent smoking of cannabis exposes the brain to much Tetrahydrocannabinol and impairs cognitive performance even after the victim now abstain from it as reported by Nadia Solowij when he studied young marijuana smokers between age 16 and 20.
It affects intelligence
It also has consequences on cognitive flexibility as victims as the victims would not be able to think fast to solving problem with new methods.
In the study conducted by Ann Gruber in US, using Wisconsin card sorting test. There were four cards having different symbols on them
The cards have different patterns on them and assignments were given to the testees (both weed smokers and abstinent) and were asked to assign the gift card.
After several runs, the rules were changed without given notice to the subjects of the study to discover how quickly they notice the changes in the rules and the result showed that teenagers who smoke marijuana were very poor in detecting these changes when compared to their mates that abstain.