Is marijuana bad for me or not? This question has been rattling in the minds of hundreds of civilians and medical professionals since the little green plant gained popularity in our country. At first, you can see where the inquiry came from. After all, shouldn’t an herb that has been used as an effective alternative medicine for thousands of years be 100% suitable for the modern day, too? While we cannot speak for the doctors who originally started this trend, we can assure you that marijuana does come with a lot of negative baggage. According to scientists, this herb can actually be hazardous to human health and can impact your life in equally negative ways. Let’s take a look at some of the problems with pot now.
Baking the Brain…Literally
According to research, the term “baked” may have more weight than you may have thought. After consuming marijuana, the plant’s strongest psychoactive component called THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) stimulates cannabinoid receptors, which are scattered throughout the body (some of which control pleasure and rewards). As a result of long-term pot use, people will start to suffer from poor memory, delusions, and (in the worst-case scenario) hallucinations.
Risk of Heart Attack
Did you know that marijuana can potentially hurt your heart? According to recent studies, the little green plant’s chemicals can force your heartbeat to increase to 20-50 beats per minute, or even higher if the user mixes other substances with pot. Due to a toxic mixture of high blood pressure and a dangerously low heart rate, users can suffer a heart attack.
Stripping at Bones
Additional studies have shown that frequent and/or long-term marijuana users suffer from low bone density, meaning subcategories of users can face osteoporosis in older years. Why is this the case? Based on research conducted at the University of Edinburgh, a team found that long-term marijuana smokers with a low BMI (body mass index) and body weight, which can directly contribute to the development of osteoporosis.
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
Despite current reports in the media and news, you must understand that marijuana can potentially harm you. Although it might provide relief for patients suffering from cancer or HIV/AIDs, this plant is still a drug, and you can endure tremendous mental problems after using it. If you, a friend, or a loved one is suffering from marijuana use disorder or a form of dependency, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the pain of withdrawal and detox and help you complete a successful and fulfilling rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy path, we promise to help you every step of the way.
Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your drug abuse and addiction problems.