Weed, Mary Jane, bud, cannabis, pot, reefer, etc. are all common names for Marijuana. Cannabis has been used for hundreds of years for medicinal and recreational purposes. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. In 2013, a national survey on drug use and health was taken. As a result, 19.8 million United States citizens had used the drug at least once within a month prior to the survey. In 2017 the rate of users in the United States has skyrocketed to around 55 million. The legalization of marijuana in some states and not others has brought on some great controversy on the positive and negative effects that the drug has to offer.
When used recreationally for a short time, or a long time the drug can create positive effects such as relaxation, lightheadedness, creation of appetite, reduced blood pressure, and reduced aggression. Medicinal cannabis can also help with many patients that have cancer. The effects of marijuana can treat nausea and vomiting, which are common symptoms of patients going through radiation treatment and chemotherapy. The physical effects that marijuana can induce decreasing pain, lowering inflammation, and assisting with muscle control.
Marijuana is still considered an illicit drug. Although there are many positive effects of cannabis, there are also numerous negative effects. Marijuana can also alter the way the brain functions. Cannabis can alter the memory, thinking, concentration, sensory perception, coordination, movement, and time perception. Heavy users of marijuana could be susceptible to a suppressed immune system, having a risk of gum disease, reduced brain functions, and acute memory loss. When a long time user stops use of the drug, many withdrawal symptoms can occur. These withdrawal symptoms include irritability, decreased appetite, anger, and insomnia. When these symptoms occur, it is very likely for the user to use the drug again in order to combat these withdrawal symptoms. This creates a dependence for the drug and the individual can become addicted.
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Davis, K. (2017, September 07). Marijuana (cannabis): Facts, effects, and hazards. Retrieved February 14, 2018, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246392.php