If you ask anyone who is in their fifties or sixties about the long term use of marijuana, and how it affects your health, you will likely get a multitude of answers from different people. There are some people who have used marijuana since their teenage years – back in the sixties and seventies – who are still using it today, without any apparent problems. Is lifelong use of marijuana really unhealthy?
The Effects of Low Usage of Marijuana
Whether lifelong use of marijuana is unhealthy really depends on how much marijuana is consumed each day, or even each week. There are many health problems associated with marijuana, and some experts suggest that the use of this drug raises the chances for cancer even higher than that of tobacco.
Other experts – and users of marijuana – state that use in low doses doesn’t harm you anymore than anything else that we consume on this earth. In fact, they claim that periodic low doses of marijuana raise self esteem and reduce stress.
The Effects of Extended Use of Larger Amounts of Marijuana
The problems and dangers of marijuana seem to come into play when it is consumed excessively for a long period of time. Unfortunately, as with most drugs, even if you are only using a little pot here and there, the addiction comes into play, and it isn’t long before a little pot isn’t enough to achieve the same effect anymore. This is when you start consuming more marijuana more often, and bad things start happening.
Long term excessive use of marijuana can cause memory loss, inability to focus and concentrate, and a loss of balance. At some point, a person may even develop psychological problems including hallucinations and paranoia. Coordination problems are common for these users as well, and damage to the heart, the blood vessels, and the lungs are becoming more common as well.
Why Marijuana Is Used Medically if it is Unhealthy
If such use of marijuana is unhealthy, why in the world would the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve it for use medically? Typically, when marijuana is prescribed for medical reasons, it is prescribed to cancer patients, and only used to combat the nausea and vomiting that come from chemotherapy. As stated, low dose usage for a short period of time isn’t thought to be dangerous, and this is how it is prescribed, and supposed to be used, in this particular situation.
April 1st, 2010
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