The Effects of Smoking Weed

Weed goes by many names, such as cannabis, which is the scientific name, marijuana, ganja, pot, grass and hemp. It was well established in many cultures for both ritual and recreational use. Weed as been labeled an illegal drug for over a century. In fact, Greece and Turkey made its use illegal from as far back as 1890.

Today, its psychoactive properties make it popular with people from many walks of life, from college students to musicians. It has been well documented however that using marijuana can have an adverse effect on the health. In fact this goes beyond the most obvious risk of lung cancer from inhalation of the smoke. The reverse however is the many studies and reports of its medicinal properties including pain relief associated with many serious illnesses.

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The effects of this drug or medicine depending on which side of the fence you stand are highly debated. Because of the highly controversial nature of the discussions it is important to show views from both sides.

Positive Effects of Smoking Weed

There is little doubt that weed has medicinal value. In Jamaica, the highly effective glaucoma drug, Canasol is derived from weed. In many countries medicinal marijuana has been approved for use for various ailments for pain control. It is also used in killing brain tumor cells helping to make surgery and treatment more effective and improving the prognosis for patients.

Impact on Brain Activity

There is research which shows that ganja positively impacts alpha wave activity in the brain which is responsible in part for a relaxed state. Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London in the UK have also found that the same chemicals in cannabis that alter mood can also be used to control seizures and pain.

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In Cancer Care

Some studies have proven that ganja helps to alleviate or lessen nausea for persons with cancer and in those having chemotherapy.

Negative Effects of Smoking Weed

For those persons on the other end of the spectrum, smoking weed has numerous unhealthy side effects. The main ones cited are:

Weeds Effect On The Mental State

This is the main reason why most people use weed. The ‘high’ can incorporate many feelings and sensations. Marijuana has been shown to have not only a mind altering effect, but also to change ones mood. The experience of some users has even bordered on the spiritual. There is concern in many circles that in this state, weed smokers can be a danger to themselves and to others and should seek marijuana rehab.

Hormonal Effects of Smoking Weed

While this is still being hotly debated, most studies suggest a link between long term use and the body’s production of certain hormones. According to the Brown University website, excessive weed use can lead to erectile problems and lower sperm count. Women’s monthly cycles can also be affected by marijuana use. It should be noted that marijuana use has not been shown to cause complete infertility.

Effect on Short Term Memory

Both those for and against the use of the weed agree that excessive use can affect short term memory.

Impact on fetuses

There have been a few studies which suggest that smoking weed during pregnancy can affect the neurological development of children.

One thing is certain, the debate as to the effect of weed will continue for a very long time. Like anything else that can be abused, marijuana use can be good or bad, it all depends on the purposes for which it is used. There is no denying the great potential that this embattled drug has for treating various ailments. Sadly, the level of research needed to fully expose the benefits of the “holy herb” is not where it should be. This is possibly a result of researchers not wanting to get caught up in the debate about the risks associated with its use.

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    1stBeStrong Says:

    I find the negative effects spoken of regarding: ‘Women’s monthly cycles can also be affected by marijuana use. It should be noted that marijuana use has not been shown to cause complete infertility.’ Totally unfounded. I know people that smoked pot for over 20 years and had children without any issues or even a miscarriage. I think the stats stated in that section are there just to frighten women & men that don’t want E.D. This information as a whole seems to all be disturbingly incorrect. I have never personally known of anyone that smoked only weed, to have gotten lung cancer. I haven’t ever seen anyone having a ‘mind altering effect’ let alone have the high become almost ‘spiritual’ as this says. I’ve never known of anyone having an accident as the result of ‘smoking & driving’ as you see constantly with people that ‘drink & drive’. I believe that people are in far more control when they have smoked, then they would ever be if they had been drinking. I also can say that as far as the article link above, “Can Smoking Weed Cause Weight Loss?” it says re: ‘munchies’, that it causes people to crave sweets, everyone that I know that gets hungry, wants something salty/crunchy not ‘sweets’. I don’t know where your research was done, or if any was actually even done. I do know your articles are so far off, they are almost scary. As though they are written by someone that is totally against the use of marijuana for medical reasons or for personal enjoyment.
    I happen to have a severe chronic pain issue and it is articles like this, that make my chances of ever receiving medicinal marijuana next to impossible.

  2. 449
    B-pot smoker Says:

    I have been smoking weed for about 25 years. I haven’t noticed any side affects yet, but that my be a side effect. I really don’t care if society rejects me. I am not a sheep that has to be accepted by everyone else.

  3. 448
    Ash Says:

    please guys do proper research about dope before posting such things. the only reason weed has been made ilegal in the first place is because government cannot tax it, thus they are unable to make profit from it, as they do with ciggerettes and alcohol! weed by the way is less harmful than alcohol, so rejetcs of society???? lol, I don’t think so!

  4. 447
    j Says:

    I would not really smoke weed that shit can be used for good and bad so i aint trying it.

  5. 446
    dj wylout Says:

    i think im about to start smoking. im 34 and mentally i been smurfed up since a child lol. so this is right on time for me. matter fact…where is the lighter smh.

  6. 445
    pothead Says:

    STFU “Stupid Dope Heads” nobody asked you. YOU’RE a reject of society dumb bith

  7. 444
    bob m Says:

    now i know i need to smoke more weed!!!!!!!!!

  8. 443
    Andrey Says:

    Hello, guys.I’m from Russia, The Ural. It’s pretty hard to get to weed here, and if you are, that shit here is so bad, that you could have smoked green tea instead of it to become the same effect…I lived in Germany for 7 years and I do know what real weed has to be like… smoked joint there from time to time and, at last, what I wanted to say: I dream of that time, smoking really good dope…Here, in the middle of Russia you can only drink or become hard drugs abuser…Peace.

  9. 442
    Ivory Says:

    I have been smoking weed for 24 years and could not be healthier. I am currently living with a disease that weed has been a blessing for……controlling my day to day nausea and giving me the appetite to eat when my stomach is causing me grief. I really don’t have memory issues (unless I am really baked and I lose the joint). I am also a very active sports player and have not had a serious effect on my lungs….and I smoke cigarettes. My doctor (off the record) encouraged me to smoke every day and it has helped me to prolong having to start medications and the retched side effects for over 4 years now. Bottom Line the government should fund and regulate this and solve the damn national debt…lol

  10. 441
    stupid dope heads Says:

    People that smoke weed are the most dilusional people. An epidemic of stupid weed smokers has plaqued canada’s west coast. All that propogate dilusional thinking should be condemmed. Those that smoke weed are rejects of society

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