Marijuana, Grass, weed, or whatever you like to call it is the world’s most popular drug. People around the world use it for different purposes but most of them smoke it for the sake of feeling good, overexcited, and happy! But What does marijuana actually does to our brains, bodies, and overall health?
#1 – Marijuana Can Make You Feel Really Good
According to studies and researches, marijuana can make us feel good. Surprised? No worries, you are not the only one! In fact, studies expose that marijuana contains an active ingredient called, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
The latter is found to interact with the brain’s reward system, which is in return primed to respond to things that makes us feel good and improve our mood, such as eating and making love. So, when we actually take that happiness dose of marijuana and feel the overexcitement, our brain tends to create a feeling of euphoria.
This is also why many other studies think that this happiness feeling that marijuana can cause us to feel is not always positive as excessive marijuana use can cause problems for many people.
Let’s say the more we trigger that feeling of euphoria, the less we may feel during other important and rewarding experiences.
#2 – Marijuana Can Also Cause Your Heart To Race
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuser, inhaling marijuana can cause the acceleration of heartbeats, especially in the first few minutes. This increase in heart rate can be between 20 and 50 beats per minute and can also last from 20 minutes to 3 hours.
However, because of insufficient evidence, the new report couldn’t support or refute the idea that marijuana can increase the risks of developing a heart attack. But the same report found some limited evidence that smoking, in general, can lead to heart issues, especially the risk of getting a heart attack.
#3 – Weed Can Be Really Effective In Relieving Some Types Of Pain
Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical that was found to be among the ingredients that Pot contain. Not only this ingredient makes you feel high but also found to have some therapeutic effects. Some of the common benefits include pain relief and potential treatment for certain types of childhood epilepsy.
That’s not everything as according to the new report, some substantial evidence proves that cannabis has some interesting and effective health benefits that can treat some chronic pain. That’s why according to the report many people would request medical marijuana to put an end to their sufferings.
#4 – Marijuana Can Interfere With Your Senses Of Balance
It’s true that inhaling marijuana might make you feel good, happy, and even kill your chronic pain but it can also disturb your sense of balance and influence your actions. The studies and researches carried on this matter found that marijuana can influence your activities in the cerebellum and basal ganglia.
These two are important parts of the brain that are responsible for regulating your balance, reaction time, coordination, and posture.
#5 – Marijuana Might Be Useful For Individuals With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Some studies have suggested that marijuana can have some positive effects when it comes to treating inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis.
A 2014 paper describes two studies that have investigated this matter to make sure whether cannabis can actually help in fighting this types of diseases. During the studies, people with chronic Crohn’s were divided into two.
The first group was given the cannabis drug whereas the second group got a placebo. Surprisingly, the study found that 10 out of 11 participants who took the drug have shown a decrease in symptoms while only 4 of 10 on the placebo.
However, when researches carried out a follow-up study using only small doses of CBD, no interesting effects on the participants were shown! So, according to them, nothing can be said until more researchers are done!
#6 – Marijuana can give the munchies
Some of you might think that this is not true but if you are smoking marijuana, you’d certainly get the munchies! In fact, this is no figment of the imagination as studies on mice have shown that both casual and heavy marijuana smokers tend to get the munchies and eventually over-eat.
And this happens due to the effect that marijuana has on the brain. It is found to flip an existing circuit in the brain which is normally responsible for controlling appetite. Therefore, this flip triggers us to eat more instead!
When we have eaten a big meal, a group of cells in the brain are activated and makes us feel full and satisfied, but when we inhale the drug, one of its psychoactive ingredient tend to activate those cells in the brain that work as appetite-suppressors and make us feel hungry instead of satisfied!
#7 – Marijuana Can Help Control Epileptic Seizures
Epidiolex, which is a drug that contains CBD is about to get the approval from the Food And Drug Administration and that’s because it is found to have some positive effects and can treat some forms of childhood epilepsy.
GW Pharma, the company that makes the drug is doing more researchers and studies to explore the CBD’s potential use in people with the Dravet syndrome, an uncommon form of childhood epilepsy.
#8 – Weed Can Turn Your Eyes Red
Inhaling weed can make your eyes red. So, next time you see somebody with red eyes that can’t stop smiling, then, the chances are they might have been smoking marijuana.
According to science, when smokers inhale marijuana, it causes their blood vessels to expand and therefore make them more susceptible to developing red eyes.
#9 – Weed Increase The Risk Of developing Depression
Till today, scientists couldn’t yet prove whether marijuana can cause depression or very simply those depressed are more likely to smoke!
However, a study carried in the Nederlands expose that smoking or inhaling weed can lead to increase the risk of developing serious mental issues, which is depression, especially for young people who have a special serotonin gene.
The NASEM report comes to support this idea and expose that cannabis found to be linked to a small increased risk of depression and that’s according to moderate evidence.
#10 – Marijuana Can Interfere With How You Form Memories
It’s true that marijuana can make you feel good and provide you with some health benefits but this doesn’t mean it’s safe and won’t cause you any harm. Marijuana can mess up with your memory but how it can do that, that’s what scientist couldn’t yet figure out!
Still, studies carried on this matter suggest that pot interferes with short-term memory. But such results according to researchers are more likely true for frequent users than stoners.
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