The Human body is a complex system of which each primary part has a unique and important role. However, the harmful chemicals that enter the human body due to abusing marijuana, change the regular patterns of its working and create a conflict in its organized system. Some effects due to this may show up immediately while some effects stay back permanently or for a long time and damage the crucial parts of the body.
Marijuana smoke has THC that passes through the lungs into the bloodstream and is carried to the brain and other organs of the human body. The immediate effects of marijuana abuse include dry mouth, rapid heart beat, loss of coordination, poor sense of balance, and slower reaction time along with intoxication. The reflections of THC intoxication among different primary body parts of the human body are as follows:
Impact of Marijuana on mind: Brain is a complex organ of the human body. When the chemicals of marijuana enter the brain, they change the way it functions. Researches have proved that marijuana abuse causes distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in absorbing and retaining information. Finally, the intellectual level of user will be significantly reduced and might be permanent.
Impact on eyes: The abuse of marijuana causes blood vessels in eyes to expand. This results in red and bloodshot eyes. Marijuana abuse will also cause decreased intraocular pressure of eyes.
Impact on mouth: Since it is the mouth that is mainly used in consumption of marijuana, the consumption obviously impacts it. Primarily the abuser might feel thirst because of the dryness of the mouth. In the long run, THC interferes transfer of calcium throughout the body resulting in harmful impact on teeth. Studies have found that marijuana smoking results in gum disease. Marijuana abuse is also likely to cause mouth cancer because of its higher concentration of ingredients which possibly cause cancer.
Skin: Healthy skin is the symbol of healthy body. If an individual has any problem internally, then the skin reflects on it. It is said that marijuana smoking causes wrinkles on the skin making the person look older or aged. It may also cause skin cancer.
Heart: Smoking marijuana is found to increase heart rate by 20 to 100 percent or 20 to 50 beats per minute. The increased heart rate might result in heart attack. This puts the aged people with heart complications at higher risk of heart attacks due to marijuana abuse.
Lungs: Marijuana smoke contains carcinogens that can be irritant to the lungs. Several studies have revealed that marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons compared to the smoke of tobacco. Some studies even reported that Marijuana abuse causes dysregulated growth of epithelial cells on the lung tissue, which may result in cancer. Marijuana abuse causes respiratory problems such as daily cough and phlegm production, frequent chest illnesses, and lung infections.
Thus, marijuana abuse and addiction affects the user mentally and physically. The immune system and hormones of the body are also affected due to marijuana abuse making the abuser prone to many diseases.
By Nate Rodnay MBA
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