Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. It’s also known as pot, ganja, weed, hash, and dozens of other names. You’ve probably heard your favorite rapper mention it a couple of times in their songs as one of the above names. But we aren’t here to discuss its cultural significance; today we will learn about its physical implications. So let me explain, when you inhale marijuana smoke into your lungs, the drug is quickly released into your bloodstream and makes its way to your brain and other organs. This causes the release of dopamine in our body which gives the consumer the feeling of being HIGH. Other common effects, which may vary dramatically among different people, include heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite. There is an ongoing controversy around the effects of marijuana on the body. People report various physical and psychological effects, from harm and discomfort to pain relief and relaxation.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that produces the high sensation. It changes the way our brain perceives information and how it would respond to it in a normal condition, over-dozing on weed can also lead into a numb state. Marijuana can ease symptoms of depression but once you snap out of it, it can well enhance it. The repercussions don’t just stop here, your eyes get red and expanded, your decisions impaired and it can easily become an addiction. Marijuana does happen to simulate appetite but it can make you vulnerable to more diseases and illness. There hasn’t been a direct link found between marijuana use and tumor risk, some reports have shown that it can interfere in tumor growth as it gets carried through the blood stream. Much like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is made up of a variety of toxic chemicals, including ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, which can irritate your bronchial passages and lungs. If you’re a regular smoker, you’re more likely to wheeze, cough, and produce phlegm. The heart rate—normally 70 to 80 beats per minute—may increase by 120 to 150 beats per minute or may even double in some cases. Taking other drugs with marijuana can amplify this effect further. The effects of marijuana on the body are often immediate. Longer-term effects may depend on how you take it, how much you use, and how often you use it.
While there still remains a cloud over the use of marijuana, some countries have legalized it as a recreational drug. In India, however, it still remains illegal, so you must refrain getting on the weed hype train.