Marijuana is one of the most addictive drugs with a very long history. The abuse of this substance did not start yesterday and it’s likely not going to end anytime soon if the trend of its usage continues. Experts across the globe are concerned with the way addictive substances are treated or are embraces in some parts of the world. Like for instance marijuana is one of the major cash crops in Afghanistan and is legally allowed for trade. While we are struggling to have its usage reduced, the side of the coin is promoting it for economic benefits even with the knowledge that marijuana addiction and consequences attached to it are real. These among other things are what we want to discuss in this article primarily to give you the insight of the dangers of marijuana addiction. To help us understand more about this substance, we are going to be talking to doctor Dalal Akoury the MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. To start us off doctor Akoury defines marijuana as a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana including “pot,” “herb,” “weed,” “boom,” “Mary Jane,” “gangster,” and “chronic.” The mode of administration into the body is usually through smoking in the same way as a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or in a pipe or bong.
In recent years, it has appeared in blunts. These are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and re-filled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug, such as crack. Some users also mix marijuana into foods or use it to brew tea. However it is important to appreciate that the main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). History will have it that in 1988, it was discovered that the membranes of certain nerve cells contain protein receptors that bind THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana. This habit will then pave ways for the occurrence of the short term effects of marijuana use which may include the problems with memory and learning; distorted perception; difficulty in thinking and problem-solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Scientists across the globe have found that whether an individual has positive or negative sensations after smoking marijuana can be influenced by heredity. As a matter of fact in a recent study it was demonstrated that identical male twins were more likely than non-identical male twins to report similar responses to marijuana use, indicating a genetic basis for their sensations. Identical twins share all of their genes, and fraternal twins share about half. Environmental factors such as the availability of marijuana, expectations about how the drug would affect them, the influence of friends and social contacts, and other factors that would be different even for identical twins also were found to have an important effect; however, it also was discovered that the twins’ shared or family environment before age 18 had no detectable influence on their response to marijuana the study concludes.
The most common way of administering Cannabis products usually through smoking with the effect being felt just within minutes and the peak of it can be reach in 10 to 30 minutes, and may last for two or three hours. The effects experienced often depend upon the experience and expectations of the individual user as well as the activity of the drug itself. Doctor Akoury says that low doses tend to induce a sense of well-being and a dreamy state of relaxation, which may be accompanied by a more vivid sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing as well as by subtle alterations in thought formation and expression. This state of intoxication may not be noticeable to an observer yet. However, driving, occupational or household accidents may result from a distortion of time and space relationships and impaired coordination.
It is important to note that stronger doses of marijuana may intensify reactions, and because of this the individual may experience shifting sensory imagery, rapidly fluctuating emotions, a flight of fragmentary thoughts with disturbed associations, an altered sense of self-identity, impaired memory, and a dulling of attention despite an illusion of heightened insight. High doses may result in image distortion, a loss of personal identity, and fantasies and hallucinations.
Marijuana contains known toxins and cancer-causing chemicals which are stored in fat cells for as long as several months. Marijuana users experience the same health problems as tobacco smokers, such as bronchitis, emphysema and bronchial asthma. Some of the effects of marijuana use also include: an increased heart rate, dryness of the mouth, reddening of the eyes, impaired motor skills and concentration, and frequent hunger and an increased desire for sweets. Extended use increases risk to the lungs and reproductive system, as well as suppression of the immune system. Occasionally hallucinations, fantasies and paranoia are reported.
Researchers have found that THC changes the way in which sensory information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain’s limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. Investigations have shown that neurons in the information processing system of the hippocampus and the activity of the nerve fibers are suppressed by THC. In addition, researchers have discovered that learned behaviors, which depend on the hippocampus, also deteriorate.
Finally recent research findings also indicate that long-term use of marijuana produces changes in the brain similar to those seen after long-term use of other major drugs of abuse. This are not just simple threats for life but enormous in nature and needs the intervention of real experts to have them eliminated from our systems. A call to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury is what you need to do now and schedule for an appointment for the commencement of your recovery treatment today.