Different researches have shown that more and more young people have given up tobacco smoking and taken up weed smoking mostly because they feel the former is more dangerous than the latter. This however is not the case as smoking weed can be much more addictive than you think.
Marijuana has some medical uses that are advantageous but it can be addictive and affects the brain in a way that will.make it difficult for you to stop. More so, it can change the brain in such a way that your behaviour is altered and you have a different view about your reward system.
Here are the good, the bad and the ugly ways weed affects your body and influences your health.
Marijuana Can Help Heal Broken Bones
This one is a positive news for weed smokers as researchers at Tel Aviv University found during a study that weed may help bones heal stronger and faster. The researchers found that Cannabinoid cannabidiol – a chemical found in cannabis leaves and stems, helped mice recover from broken bones more effectively. This made the researchers believe that weed can help certain minerals and elements get into bone tissues to make them stronger and less prone to breaking in the future.
Weed Can Destroy Your Blood Vessels
According to the American Heart Association, secondhand weed smoke may not seem all that bad except for the fact that they have a major impact on the blood vessels. Studies conducted on laboratory mice found that the arteries of the rats which inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute, carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. The blood vessels of rats that were exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, recovered after 30 minutes. Even though the effects of both marijuana and tobacco was somewhat temporary, the temporary problems can turn into long-term problems if the exposure continues unchecked and also increases the chances of you developing clogged and hardened arteries.
Marijuana Affects Short-Term Memory
Weed smokers have a bad reputation of being forgetful and for good reasons too. Scientists from Northwestern University found that former marijuana smokers developed brain abnormalities in regions that are associated with short-term memory. Furthermore, smokers that participated in the study also had below average performance on memory-related tasks. Perhaps, the most unsettling discovery from the study is that the brains of weed smokers were abnormally shaped and looked smiliar to the brains of people with schizophrenia, even though there’s no evidence that smoking weed causes schizophrenia.
Marijuana Affects Creativity
It may seem odd since a lot of people involved in the creative industry including artists and musicians, credit weed smoking as a source of inspiration. A study conducted in the Netherlands however disputes this fact. The research conducted on volunteers, had them placed on marijuana with high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and it was found that the volunteers were not able to come up with solutions to problems presented to them as opposed to people placed on a placebo. As such, if you’re a weed smokers, let go of your smoke when you have to do a brainstorming session.
Higher Risk Of Testicular Cancer
According to researchers at the University of Southern California, smoking weed may increase the risks of you getting testicular cancer. The research examined men and found that those with testicular germ cell tumors had a higher chance of reporting that they once used weed than men who didn’t have the tumors. Even though more research needs to be done, the findings are interesting and establishes the fact that there is a causal relationship between cancer and marijuana use.
It Could Make You Poor
Marijuana smoking can actually make you poor and Socially Inept and it’s best to stay off weed if you want to be successful. This assertion is backed up by scientists at UC Davis and Duke who found that people who smoked cannabis four or more days of the week over a few years most likely ended up in a lower social class than their parents. The research also found that they had lower-paying and less prestigious jobs requiring less skill than people who were not regular cannabis smokers. Furthermore, cannabis users were also found to have antisocial behaviour at work, experienced more relationship problems and had more financial troubles than people who didn’t.
It Could Destroy Brain Cells
A 20-year study conducted on people who smoked pot has affirms the old joke about stoners killing their brain cells. The study suggests that smoking marijuana can increase the risk of psychotic symptoms and disorders while also decreasing cognitive function.