The Effects of Cannabis on Your Body
The flowers of the cannabis plant are used for recreational or medicinal purposes. The stems or stalks of the hemp plant are used for industrial purposes (for example, hemp fiber). The seeds of the hemp plant are used for food and household purposes (for example, hemp seeds or hemp oil).
Cannabis is also known as marijuana, weed, and dozens of other names.
Although many people smoke or smoke marijuana, you can also use it as an ingredient in foods, beverages, tinctures, or topical agents.
Different ways of ingesting marijuana can have different effects on your body. When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, these compounds immediately enter your bloodstream and quickly enter your brain and other organs. The effect can appear in a few seconds or a few minutes.
When you eat or drink products containing cannabis, these compounds must pass through the digestive system and liver before they can reach the bloodstream. The effect can appear in a few minutes to a few hours.
There has been controversy about the effects of marijuana on the body. People have reported various physical and psychological effects, from injury and discomfort to pain relief and relaxation.
Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in cannabis. They can’t be found anywhere else in nature.
THC is the cause of cannabis poisoning. It also has potential medicinal effects, such as:
Loss of appetite
CBD is non-toxic. It has potential medicinal value for conditions such as epilepsy and anxiety.
However, we still know very little about THC and CBD.
Although the National Institutes of Health has funded research on the possible medicinal uses of THC and CBD, the research is very difficult and slow due to the federal prohibition on including cannabis as a Schedule I drug.
and there are more than 100 Unique Cannabinoids in Cannabis. Science has only scratched the surface of what these other cannabinoids can do.
In recent years, the public has recognized the medicinal properties of cannabis. As of March 2021, 36 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use.
The following is what we know about the effects of THC when it enters the blood.
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No matter how you use marijuana, it can cause immediate and long-term effects, such as changes in perception and increased heart rate. Over time, smoking marijuana can lead to a chronic cough and other health problems.
In addition to the direct effects of marijuana, there can also be long-term effects, depending on how you take it, how much you use it, and how often you use it.
As the availability of cannabis increases in the United States and around the world, understanding its effects on your body is as important as ever. Read on to find out how it affects every system in your body.
The respiratory system
is very similar to tobacco smoke. Cannabis smoke is made up of a variety of toxic chemicals, such as ammonia and hydrogen cyanide, that can irritate the bronchial tubes and lungs.
If you are a frequent smoker, you are more prone to wheezing, coughing and sputum expectoration. Your risk of bronchitis and lung infections will also increase. Cannabis can aggravate existing respiratory diseases, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis.
Cannabis and COPD: Is there a link?
Cannabis cigarettes contain carcinogens, which theoretically increase the risk of lung cancer.
However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is no conclusive evidence that cannabis smoke causes lung cancer. More research is needed.
THC enters the blood from the lungs and enters the body. In a few minutes, your heart rate can increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute. This fast heart rate can last up to 3 hours.
This puts an extra oxygen demand on your heart. If you have heart disease, this may increase your risk of heart attack.
One of the obvious signs of recent marijuana use is bloodshot eyes. The eyes look red because marijuana causes blood vessels to dilate and fill more blood.
THC can also reduce intraocular pressure and relieve glaucoma symptoms within a few hours. More research is needed to understand whether THC can provide long-term benefits for glaucoma.
What are the health effects of cannabis?
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Central nervous system
The effects of marijuana on the central nervous system (CNS). Marijuana is believed to relieve pain and inflammation and help control cramps and seizures. However, possible long-term negative effects on the central nervous system still need to be considered.
THC causes your brain to release large amounts of dopamine, which is a natural chemical that makes you feel good. This is what gives you a nice high. It can improve your sensory perception and your perception of time.
This dopamine cycle may also explain why up to 30% of cannabis users suffer from cannabis use disorders. Severe cannabis use disorder or addiction can be relatively rare, but they can happen.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms may include:
Loss of appetite
In the hippocampus, THC changes the way it processes information, so your judgment may be affected. The hippocampus is responsible for memory, so it can be difficult to form new memories when you’re tall.
The cerebellum and basal ganglia have also changed. These areas of the brain play a role in movement and balance. Marijuana can change your balance, coordination, and reflex response. All these changes mean that driving is unsafe.
Very large doses of marijuana or high levels of THC can cause hallucinations or delusions. According to NIDA, there may be an association between marijuana use and certain mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
If you have schizophrenia, you may want to avoid marijuana