When Weed Becomes A Problem
Looking out on the American landscape today you will see many states have legalized or decriminalized the use of weed. First it was only medical marijuana, but recently states have legalized recreational use of weed for adults.
The push to legalize marijuana has been around for a long time. The National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws, NORML, was founded in the 1970 and continues to advocate for the legal use of weed today.
NORML and other supporters of legal marijuana use studies to back their claims that weed is not as dangerous as alcohol. Supporters have also used economic research to sway public and legislative opinion toward the acceptance of marijuana. Cash strapped governments are wringing their hands at the promise of Pot Profits.
I don’t have the power to turn back the tide of legalization for medical marijuana or recreational marijuana.
But I do have a solution to when weed becomes a problem for the individual.
Smoking weed is not for everyone and there are many that would like to quit, but don’t know how to successfully stop smoking weed.
It isn’t easy to quit weed without help.
Smoking weed is a communal thing, passing a joint around, taking turns hitting the bong, all bring about a sense of togetherness.
You can’t ask your friends that smoke weed how to quit smoking weed. They don’t know how to stop smoking weed.
Most people can’t ask their family members that don’t smoke weed how to quit smoking weed without blowing their secret. And anyway, how much does your mom know about quitting weed?
But this simple and affordable course available online can teach you everything you need to know to quit smoking weed and stay stopped.
Marijuana is listed as being among the most abused psychoactive drugs in the US today. Cannabis shares that distinction with the “designer drug” called Ecstasy and the easily-produced variant of cocaine known as “Crack.” However, cannabis differs from most other abused narcotics and drugs in that it has a sizable number of people who are pushing for it to be legalized. Theoretically, “weed” has a number of medical uses that serve as the main reason for it to be made legal. However, for every study dedicated to finding a medical use for marijuana, there is also a study that has managed to find detrimental side effects to the use of it. In most cases, researchers have found the effects to have ties to mental health and cognitive abilities.
The first of the many side effects listed would be poorer attention span and loss of memory retention skills. According to studies conducted by the American Medical Association, long-term users of cannabis had shorter attention spans than both short-term users and non-users. According to the results published by the AMA, people who are long-term users gradually lose the ability to maintain focus on a single thing and inevitably find ways to be distracted faster than others. Memory also seems to have been affected, particularly for long-term users. According to reports, short-term memory is severely affected by long-term marijuana use, with subjects being unable to accurately recall objects shown to them mere minutes before. However, these results are still being held in dispute by mental health experts.
Cannabis also reduces the overall flow of blood to the brain, which can lead to a number of mental health issues. The most obvious of the side effects of this is the relative drop in IQ scores for long-term users. Studies conducted by the Canadian Medical Journal indicate that long-term users drop several IQ points over prolonged use. In the same vein, short-term users also experienced a loss of IQ points, with a small difference in the points lost between long-term and short-term users. One long-term test conducted showed that people who were users but had quit managed to recover their IQ scores from before using marijuana for an extended period.
The decreased blood flow, as already stated, could have disastrous side effects to a person’s central nervous system. One of these side effects is an effect on the appetite of users, both long-term and short-term. Users tend to consume more sodium, fats, and salty foods, while cutting down on fruits at the same time. This dietary change causes changes in the level of carotenoids in the body, which can increase the risk of cancer. The effect is seen as being less of a problem directly related to the marijuana use and more associated with the sort of lifestyle that marijuana users tend to develop.
Finally, the respiratory system can suffer numerous side effects due to extensive use of marijuana. People who have engaged in long-term use of cannabis tend to have an increased risk of developing lung cancer and various other respiratory conditions. Pulmonary infection is also a major problem, as prolonged cannabis use causes damage to the alveolar macrophages and alters certain aspects of the respiratory system. While the risk of lung cancer is considerably lower than that of a smoker, the compromised system is more susceptible to other respiratory ailments than the average smoker.