Facts About Marijuana
Marijuana, also known as pot, grass or weed, among its other 200 or so names, is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of a hemp plant called Cannabis sativa. Some of the common street names of marijuana are herb, widow, boom, hash, mary jane, cannabis, bubble gum, northern lights and many more.
Marijuana is the world’s most commonly used illegal drug and it is far more dangerous than what people who use it realize. It has been around for quite some time now and the hemp plant was being cultivated for its psychoactive properties some 2,000 years ago. The mind-altering effect of marijuana is due to its main ingredient called THC and the amount of this determines the strength of the drug. The levels of THC are affected by the weather, soil and the time of harvest.
The U.S. law classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance which means that it is not at all considered as a treatment for medical conditions or it simply has no acceptable medical use, although a number of patients claim that they are able to deal with pain more when they smoke pot. There are even some who are relieved from the symptoms of glaucoma, the loss of appetite due to AIDS or even nausea caused by chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients. However, there is still no compact evidence that when people smoke marijuana, they benefit from it at such level that it can already be considered as medication. Anecdotal statements of beneficial effects have yet to be confirmed by controlled scientific research.
There are some people wondering if it’s possible to buy marijuana online legally and surprisingly there are sites who do sell them. Nevertheless, in most countries, marijuana is still not legal and measured as dangerous. Some of the dangers caused by the drug are impaired perception, diminished short-term memory, loss of concentration and coordination, increased risk of cancer, and damage to the respiratory, reproductive and immune systems.
Regular use of marijuana can delay the start of puberty for young men and could possibly reduce sperm production. Women may have disruptive normal monthly menstrual cycles and obstructed ovulation. Pregnant women who use marijuana run the risk of having smaller babies that have lower birth weights who are most likely to develop health problems compared to other babies. There are even some studies that showed signs of developmental delays in children who were exposed to marijuana before birth.
People who use marijuana often become susceptible to chest colds, bronchitis, emphysema and bronchial asthma and stubborn use will eventually cause damage to the lungs and airways which would raise the risk of cancer. Aside from the impact of marijuana in the body it also affects the mind. It reduces the ability to learn because it limits the capacity of a person to absorb and retain information as proven by research. There was even a study conducted by college students in 1995 that heavy users of marijuana are not able to focus, sustain attention and organize data and this effect lasts up to 24 hours from the last use of the drug.