Although marijuana has been legalized in a number of states for medicinal purposes, it remains illegal on a federal level and is one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs in the United States. Marijuana is created from the cannabis plant and is usually smoked but can also be mixed with food or brewed as tea. No matter how you consume it though, marijuana can have many damaging effects on your mind, body and life.
Memory Loss and Difficulty Learning
Marijuana contains the chemical THC. When smoked, THC quickly passes into the bloodstream from the lungs and is passed to the brain as well as other vital organs. THC affects parts of the brain called cannabinoid receptors. The area of the brain with the most of these receptors is responsible for thinking, memory, concentration, and coordinated movement. In studies, marijuana has been shown to affect the user’s memory and learning ability for days or weeks after the “high” wears off. This means if you use the drug every day, your cognitive abilities may be functioning at a lower level all the time.
Addiction and Dependency
Although touted among many as a “safe” drug with a very small risk of dependency, studies show that that about 9% of users develop an addiction to the drug. That is, they continue to seek it out despite knowing the adverse effects it is having on their lives. The number of marijuana users who become addicted jumps to 17% when they start young and 25-50% when they use it daily. (Source) Many chronic users also experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting sobriety.
Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia
Many studies have linked the use of chronic marijuana use to higher rates of mental health problems including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. It is still unclear if marijuana causes these problems or if the mental issues are aggravated by the use of marijuana. However, it has been shown that high doses of marijuana create a psychotic reaction.
If you smoke marijuana, you most likely suffer from many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers. Marijuana smoke has been shown to contain 50-70% more carcinogens than tobacco smoke. Also, it is common practice for marijuana users to inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers, which increases their lung’s exposure to the smoke. Acute chest illness and a daily cough are common among both groups. And while a link between lung cancer and marijuana has not been proven, many of the same conditions exist in both marijuana smokers’ and tobacco smokers’ lungs.
Career and Personal Problems
Research has shown that marijuana has the potential to both cause personal problems and worsen existing ones. Many employers test for marijuana in pre-employment screenings for good reason. It has been associated with an increase in employee absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims, and job turnover. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to marijuana, Gallus Detox can help. We have a team of medical professionals that can help you recover in a safe and confidential environment. Take the first step. Contact us online or call 855-338-6929.