Marijuana Side Effects In Your Mind and Body

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Ever since the legalization of marijuana in many states of the country, rapid growth in the number of users has emerged in the past years. Some are for recreational use, while others use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The method of consuming cannabis or marijuana plants has also evolved in recent years. It can be by smoking it, vaping, eating or drinking it. Some people use marijuana, merely for pleasure but today, a growing number of doctors prescribe it to their patients with medical conditions and symptoms because of the rapid issues about marijuana side effects.

The Composition Of Marijuana

The 2 main natural compounds found in marijuana are THC and CBD. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive chemical. It is responsible for the “mind high” effect on users. Our body produces cannabinoid chemicals naturally. Cannabinoid receptors concentrate on some areas of the human brain that are associated with memory, thinking, coordination and pleasure. When marijuana is used, the THC attaches to these receptors and activates them.

The other compound in the marijuana plant is called CBD, it is also known as cannabidiol. This is a non-addicting substance and not a psychoactive chemical, unlike THC. CBD is more on the “body high” and is actually responsible for the many therapeutic effects of marijuana. 

Just like any food, drink or activities we indulge in our daily lives, marijuana also has both good and bad effects if taken without proper care. It is also best when you know your tolerance for this substance to be able to enjoy its benefits without harm. 

Marijuana Affects Your Mental Health

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both mind and body. Because of the THC, it can also be addictive. When smoked, is it quickly absorbed by the bloodstream quickly enough to get high. Not all marijuana users get the same effects. Some may feel anxious, panicky and scared. Marijuana can also affect your cloud judgment and senses. Driving can be dangerous as it also affects your motor skills, distorts your sense of time and heighten your senses. Colors and sounds may give you the next level of intensity. Like other drugs and alcohol, marijuana reaches the same pleasure centers that these substances target. Although effects may differ depending on the kind and potency of the strain, the method of how you took it and how much often you have used in the past. A change in mood can also occur, with relaxation being the most favorable effect. 

Marijuana Affects Your Heart

One of the known marijuana side effects on the body is its capacity to increase heart rate with is short term. This may last for about 20 minutes to a few hours depending on the amount and potency of the intake. And because of the CBD, marijuana can relieve aches and pain in the body. It has therapeutic effects, the same exact reason why some doctors prescribe the use of medicinal marijuana. A new report said that CBD can be an effective treatment for some chronic pain, epilepsy, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting after chemotherapy and a lot more.

Marijuana can help a person both in mind and body. Most especially when there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed. It may not cure the symptoms but it sure does help to make one feel comfortable and relieve from mental or bodily aches and pains.

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