Marijuana contains THC which when it enters the brain gives the user a high that stimulates the brain to release dopamine. An increase in dopamine is largely the reason why users feel a sense of euphoria after using marijuana. While marijuana may give users a high for a short amount of time, there are other consequences of both short-term and long-term use that should be considered.
When people think about smoking marijuana they often do not think about the cancer risks that are involved. Marijuana has the potential to cause cancer because of its harmful ingredients including carcinogens. In fact, marijuana contains up to 70% more carcinogens and other irritants than tobacco. Marijuana users also typically inhale more deeply than tobacco smokers, which expose the lungs to carcinogenic smoke for longer periods of time.
After an individual inhale’s marijuana, the heart rate speeds up significantly, blood vessels within the eyes expand and bronchial passages become enlarged. The heart rate may increase by between 20-50 beats per minute or even double in some cases. Studies have shown that using marijuana in conjunction with other drugs can amplify the drug’s effect on the heart.
The question of whether after stopping the use of marijuana individuals will regain some of their lost cognitive abilities is still largely unknown. Some studies seem to show individuals regaining these skills, while other studies show a long term deterioration of cognitive abilities even after discontinuing marijuana use.
At MDS Drug Detox we have seen a number of patients who started using marijuana and then transitioned into harder drugs such as prescription opiates or even heroin. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction of any kind feel free to give the professionals at MDS Drug Detox a call today at (888) 637-6968.
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