The Negative Effects of Marijuana Use
For many years, marijuana has been the most commonly used drug in the U.S. However, as two states (Colorado and Washington) have already passed laws legalizing recreational use, and more states consider following suit, statistics show that there may be many more users down the pike.
Although advocates for marijuana legalization are less concerned with the harmful effects, scientific research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the negative effects of marijuana use can result in dependency with significant long-term health concerns. What’s more, the NIDA reports the marijuana dependency rate to be about 9 percent; however, the number dramatically increases to 50 percent when you factor in the age of the user and severity of abuse. Marijuana can impair the person’s ability to drive and function normally which has contributed to nearly 22 percent of motor vehicle accidents. For chronic marijuana users there is the same likeliness for tolerance and dependency. Many trying to quit using on their own return to marijuana use because of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as
- Decreased appetite
Additionally, people who smoke marijuana usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than persons who smoke tobacco cigarettes which increases the risk for cancer. Moreover, because the nature of marijuana plant includes THC, a psychoactive ingredient – it has been linked to adverse physical, mental and emotional effects as well as significant behavioral changes. THC use can reduce brain function, increase heart rate, increase anxiety and paranoia. In adolescent marijuana users, brain development can be reduced and research shows a setback in cognitive functions.
What About Second Hand Marijuana Smoke?
So what about second hand marijuana smoke? Is it possible to experience the negative effects of marijuana by being around other people smoking it? According to the American Lung Association, marijuana smoke contains a larger amount of carcinogens than are in tobacco smoke. Many are concerned that second hand marijuana smoke may cause them to fail a drug test. In recent news Josh Gordon, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, received a 10 game suspension NFL play for being .1 nano-grams per milliliter of THC over the NFL limit. Gordon stands firm on the fact that the positive result was from second hand marijuana smoke.
Marijuana Detox and Rehab
For most people successfully quitting marijuana abuse and dependency is increase when enlisting the assistance of a professional medical detox treatment followed by a rehab program, seeking behavioral therapy and/or participating in a community support group such as a 12-Step group. Are you tired of suffering with the negative effects of marijuana use? Do you want a safe and effective way to stop using that will get you on the road to recovery? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929.