Dangers of Maintaining a Marijuana Addiction

Dangers of Maintaining a Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, and it is the most commonly used illegal drugs in the United States. The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When smoking marijuana, a user quickly becomes high because THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs, and from there it travels to the body’s organs, including the brain. THC affects the various parts of the brain in different ways, and this is what causes users to get high. Marijuana is addictive in some cases, and because extended use can have adverse effects, a marijuana addict should stop using the drug and fight addiction as quickly as possible.

How Marijuana Affects the Brain

People who use marijuana sometimes experience distorted perceptions, difficulty thinking and solving problems, difficulty remembering details and diminished coordination. Many marijuana users get high frequently, and some even use the drug daily. In frequent marijuana users, memory problems may last days or weeks after other side effects, so these effects may be near constant in daily users. In addition to short-term memory loss, the effects of long-term marijuana use can cause permanent memory damage. This leads to impairments in learning ability. Marijuana use has also been linked to problems functioning socially; marijuana use can damage the quality of a person’s work or schooling. Long-term marijuana use may also lead to psychological issues, including depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, although these links have not been conclusively proven.

How Marijuana Affects the Heart, Lungs and Reproductive System

In the few hours directly after smoking marijuana, the heart rate increases greatly, and marijuana smoke can also cause an irregular heartbeat. Because of this, a marijuana smoker is 4.8 times more likely than a nonsmoker to have a heart attack.

Reproduction can be affected by long-term marijuana use. Studies have shown that cannabis drastically reduces testosterone levels and sperm production in males, and it can disrupt ovulation cycles and the possibility of pregnancy in women.

Marijuana Addiction Help

Help is available if you or someone you know is addicted to marijuana. Our toll-free helpline offers information and support 24 hours a day. Please call for help today if you struggle with marijuana abuse or have done so for a long time. We can help anyone recover with the right help.