Marijuana And Its Effects On The Human Body

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Some of the most significant controversies in today’s society has been on how to deal with the use of marijuana. Marijuana is a mind-altering psychoactive drug that comes from the cannabis plant. Its primary effects come from the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or “THC.” Marijuana can be smoked, vaporized, or ingested in foods or teas. While some people view marijuana negatively, others might view this drug positively because of its medicinal benefits. According to research, there are more tendencies to overuse marijuana due to addiction because of the components of marijuana. Marijuana consists of toxic chemicals such as ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, which can cause irritation to the bronchial passages, the lungs, and elevate the…show more content…
These changes are connected to the structural and functional changes THC causes in the hippocampus”(2017). Marijuana use during pregnancy, can affect the brain of the fetus with loss in memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Marijuana also influences the prefrontal cortex by changing the pattern of blood flow and impairs the ability of decision-making, which can lead to an inclination to risky behaviors. The malfunction of the prefrontal cortex due to the influence of marijuana can also cause an increased risk of schizophrenia. The respiratory system is greatly impacted by the use of marijuana, particularly the lungs and the bronchial passages. According to “ Marijuana: Health effects of recreational and medical use” by Wynne Armand MD, an assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School “smoking marijuana can irritate the lungs...worsening of conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis”(Armand 2016). The chemicals that are included in marijuana, such as ammonia and hydrogen cyanide are toxic to the lungs and the bronchial passages. These chemicals are harmful and life threatening to the lungs. In “What You Should Know About Marijuana and Lung Cancer Risks,” it is stated that “Marijuana smoking does cause inflammation and cell damage, and it has been associated with precancerous changes in lung tissue”( ). Smoking marijuana can cause severe illnesses such as
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