6 Scientifically Proven Long-Term Effects of Marijuana on the Brain & Body

By Patrick Banks

Posted 2 months agoHEALTH

For fun, for relaxation, or whatever the reason, people use marijuana in a form of smoke, by adding it to tea, cookies, brownies and in many other ways.
Long-Term Effects of Marijuana on the Brain & Body

Know These Things Before You Get High Next Time

The cultivation of marihuana of different typesCannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa began some six thousand years ago. Nowadays it is a highly common drug used after alcohol in the United States of America.

Different parts of this plant can be used including stem, dried leaves, flowers, and even seeds to obtain the compressed form of marijuana. THC enriched resins are now also available in the market which is becoming a popular way of marijuana consumption.

Regardless of its usefulness for various medical purposes, its prolonged or heavy usage is detrimental to human health. It can affect the body and brain in numerous different ways and can also lead to unhealthy outcomes.

What is Marijuana?

In 1961, due to American pressure, in a UN Convention marijuana was categorized into the synthetic drug…???? I also had the same thoughts that you are having right now. All the suited-booted and educated people didn’t understand that the plant of marijuana is cultivated and it’s pure natural occurrence just like other plants, how can it be synthetic? And they put it in the same category of other drugs like cocaine and heroin.

But several countries didn’t support this decision which also made sense since, in countries like India, marijuana was used to make medicines, and it was the backbone of several industries. In fact, marijuana is called as penicillin of medicine. But since then, the time has changed, right now marijuana is legal in more than 40 countries in the world.

27 states of the US and Canada legalized it for recreational and medical purposes. You can even buy weed online in Canada. There is really an online dispensary in Canada from where you can purchase various products of marijuana such as Shatter, budget buds, black diamond, and many more enticing names to attract the people.

Why marijuana is always in controversy?

Actually, all this propaganda is of pharmaceutical companies, liquor, and tobacco companies. Let me tell you how. Pharmaceutical companies make pain killers and various medicines from marijuana and they are being sold at very high rates. So legalization weed can affect their business. Now, some of you must be thinking that I am right now while writing this, no, I am not firing in the air.

According to the Washington Post, the consumption of painkiller has been declined in the states of the US where marijuana is legal. Similarly, alcohol consumption has also been decreased by 10%. This clearly shows that marijuana kills the tobacco and liquor industries.

Then why some NGOs and other scientific studies say that marijuana is not good for your health? But who fund such organizations? Guess who? Yes, pharmaceutical, liquor, and tobacco companies. There are several companies in the US which donate millions of dollars to such organizations just so these organizations keep maintain the negative perception about marijuana among people. But all these things are done very secretly that they cannot be exposed.

Now talk about the impacts of marijuana on the health, please understand the point of mine here pals, excess in anything is bad. Overdose or over of any consumption is bad for your health. Even overdrinking can kill you (Google it), if you watch all the seasons Game of Thrones for 15-20 times then you may begin to think that killing people is just a normal thing, so over and excess in anything brings the bad effects.

Alcohol and cigarettes are 114% times more injurious. In fact, people die every hour due to alcohol and smoking, and the last time someone died because of marijuana was when he was crossing the road and a drunken person jammed his car on him. Alcohol grabs the victory here too.

Benefits of Marijuana

There are several medical benefits of marijuana too.

Benefit #1: A little dosage is healthy for our body

Historically, it was used to treat gastric problems, diabetes, diarrhoea, jaundice, and most importantly it kills the stem cells of cancer.

It can be used as painkiller, appetizer and some say it cures the sexual problems of men, obviously, I have tried and then had intercourse, seriously I was stoned and hard as a rock. You can also try some natural foods to enhance your sexual performance.

Benefits #2: It’s a good industry

Other than medical and recreational purposes, a lot of products are also being made by the hemp cultivation such as body care, plastic products, and food supplements for the growth of the body so it can also be an alternative of buy Anavar online.

The hemp cultivation is already boosting the economy of the United States. The hemp industry is expected to reach $44 billion by 2020 in the US according to the report of Independent. According to a Forbes report, the marijuana industry is projected to generate more jobs than manufacturing by the year 2020.

Benefits #3: When legalised, lower the hard drug consumption

In the US, the consumption of synthetic drugs like cocaine, crack, meth, and heroin have been reduced in the states where marijuana is legal. The Netherlands legalized the marijuana in 1976 which resulted in a reduction in crime rate, awareness about other synthetic drugs increased and regulation is at the right place now. It’s all sorted.

Potential Long-Term Negative Effects of Marijuana

1. Anxiety and Mental Problems

As I said earlier in this post that overuse of anything can be harmful to your mental and physical health. Marijuana is sometimes underrated like Tobey Maguire and sometimes it is overrated like Jennifer Lawrence, you know what I mean right?

People say that they consume to get calm themselves and it helps them to find each but there are several efficient mindful techniques to calm yourself. Let’s talk about what could happen you get addicted to marijuana and what are the impacts of marijuana on the brain in very long-term use.

Long-term use and overdose of marijuana increases anxiety, it gets in the way of the connection with your spiritual self, it has a huge kind of mañana energy where you don’t follow through incomplete task, it gets in the way of you and your big picture of your life of what you are here to do on the planet and it blocks your emotions and blocking emotions is not a good thing in terms of just evolving yourself as a person.

First, understand the primary and secondary action of every substance in nature. Every substance has a physiological impact on the human body and has the first reaction in the body and then what we call the secondary action which is the longer lasting but more subtle reaction that the body has to that substance.

Let’s use a decongestant as an example here. There are natural substances that act as a decongestant, the primary action of a decongestant as you know if you have ever bought an over-the-counter or prescription decongestant is you can breathe more easily, almost immediately after using it and you probably know the secondary reaction – What is the secondary action? Yes, you are congested again and you are actually more congested than you were. So the secondary reaction is always the opposite of the first one.

The primary action of cannabis is what everyone likes such as increased focus, clarity of thought, feeling more connected to your spiritual side. You get great ideas, you know what you are going to do with your life, you feel more relaxed and you are not worried about your boss or the girlfriend who is yelling at you, you are just kind of presence at the moment.

You feel great and your senses are heightened, so when you eat something there is more taste and your vision feels sharper. But that’s all the primary actions of cannabis. Secondary reactions are almost the opposite. One of the secondary actions of cannabis is completely opposite to the focusing effects.

It’s kind of scatteredness of thinking and there is an attention deficit that comes in from the use of cannabis in the secondary action. Inability to hold one train of thought, inability to follow through on something and you lose the confidence in yourself. You start to think that I can’t complete this task or job. You are not going to connect with yourself if you are using pot.

Other things that are very important to know about cannabis, regular pot smoker of telling when they try to withdraw from weed that they feel anxious and cannabis is the only thing that helps them to be less anxious and it allows them to calm down. It’s an addiction. But the reality is that stop smoking cannabis or stop ingesting cannabis can help to get rid of anxiety because, it one of the primary, secondary actions of the cannabis.

When there is THC in your system for long use, the decision power of your brain is lost. You can’t take your own decisions; you begin to doubt yourself as you already have a lack of confidence due to continuously smoking pot. Some studies state that 30 days of continuous consumption of weed can affect the brain for the next few years.

Its main symptoms are inclusive of hallucinations and delusions. More importantly, you can increase the risk of being psychotic by increasing the amount of marijuana. Due to carrying a certain gene, regular marijuana consumers are 7 times more prone to develop psychosis than non-consumers

According to some studies, carrying particular genes may put you at higher risk of having schizophrenia if you consume marijuana. Schizophrenia is actually a terrifying mental disorder that affects the thinking, feelings, and behaviour of a person.

Regular or heavy consumption of marijuana can cause depression and anxiety. Conversely, many people also use marijuana to ward off depression and anxiety. So, a heavy dosage of marijuana may worsen the condition even more.

Regardless of the mixed results, some findings reveal that adolescents who regularly use marijuana develop higher anxiety levels in later life. Additionally, frequent or heavy marijuana consumption in teens is linked with specific personality disorders, suicidal ideation, as well as interpersonal violence. Initiating its use at an early age makes you more prone to develop all such cognitive disorders in adulthood.

2. Impaired Memory

Marijuana affects the brain’s region called the hippocampus which is responsible for the regulation of short-term memory. Temporarily, the consumption of cannabis hinders the brain to learn and make new memories.

The Molecular Psychiatry journal published research related to false memories development because of consuming cannabis in large amounts.

Moreover, teens who smoked marijuana are prone to develop problems related to memory as adults according to other research. In teenagers, the hippocampus adapted an abnormal shape due to smoking marijuana daily for three years in their early adulthood. These were the findings of a study that the Hippocampus journal published. Those people with abnormally shaped hippocampus showed poorer performance than non-marijuana users when a long-term memory test was taken.

In animal-based research, issues related to learning and memory has been seen after THC’s exposure. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is actually the most active element of marijuana responsible for the high it gives. It gets attached to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors whenever a person smokes marijuana; thus, causes altered functioning of the brain.

In another animal-based study, repeated exposure to marijuana made developing new memories difficult for the young rats in their later life. Adding to it, those rats were less social and their anxiety levels were also higher.

3. Problems with The Digestive Tract

Marijuana consumption causes burning or stinging in your oral cavity and throat after inhalation.

Also, it can cause problems with the digestive tract when consumed orally. Such as: consuming THC orally can cause vomiting and nausea. In addition, it may be damaging to the liver too.

On the contrary, medical treatment for an upset stomach or nausea also includes marijuana to relieve the symptoms.

The munchies can also happen due to marijuana consumption which refers to the sudden urge to eat food, junk food particularly. For this reason, marijuana is useful for medicinal purpose during chemotherapy. However, this aspect can be disadvantageous for overweight and/or obese people.

According to two new case studies, consuming marijuana regularly can cause abdominal pain.

4. Problems with Respiration and Lungs

Long-term effects of marijuana may include problems in respiration. According to the findings of some experts, consuming marijuana regularly can contribute to the production of phlegm as well as a cough daily. Moreover, it can put the user at a higher risk of developing a lung infection. In addition, it can also reason illnesses of the chest more often.

At the University of California, a study concluded that marijuana is less harmful to the lungs in comparison to tobacco. Nonetheless, the same study suggested an elevated risk of damaged lungs as a result of higher marijuana consumption. However, there were many limitations in this study including a smaller number of users of marijuana in higher amounts.

5. Issues with the Reproductive System

Irrespective of gender, marijuana can negatively affect the reproductive system. It can increase infertility in men thus increasing the chances to 15 per cent for couples to fail to conceive. Nonetheless, the related research is limited and hence less reliable.

In animal-based research, low levels of testosterone have been seen in males after exposure to marijuana. Additionally, some scientists suggested a negative impact of THC on testosterone’s production.

Also, THC can be a contributor to infertility in men since it reduces the motility of sperm.
As per some other animal-based studies, low levels of sex hormones were observed in females after their exposure to marijuana. Female sex hormones are inclusive of estrogen and progesterone low levels of which can disturb their ovulation cycle.

More importantly, THC can harm the growth and development of fetus if the mother is consuming marijuana in heavy doses during pregnancy.

As a whole, this field requires more research for getting accurate and generalizable results.

Numerous studies show an association between elevated risk of testicular cancer in males and marijuana consumption. Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer among men below 45 years of age.

A 2012’s study revealed that male marijuana smokers were prone to have testicular cancer two times more than non-smokers. A peer-reviewed journal BMC published a study in 2015 that revealed an association between prolonged marijuana consumption and a higher probability of testicular cancer.

There have also been found neurological issues in the children born to the females who consumed marijuana while being pregnant.

6. Problems with The Cardiac System

Rendering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in America. The number of people who experience a heart attack every year is approximately 735,000.

Consumption of marijuana immediately causes the heart to beat at a faster rate. It can actually increase the heartbeat by 20 to 50 beats per minute. Furthermore, it also lowers blood pressure.

Both these conditions four times increase heart attack’s risk in marijuana users than in general when not consuming it.

Heart patients who consume marijuana in any form easily and rapidly develop chest pain according to the findings of experts.

In the survivors of heart-attack, there may be a long-term rate of death due to marijuana consumption as observed by the Harvard Medical School’s doctors.

Some experts also suggest avoiding using cannabidiol (CBD) to the people who are receiving cardiovascular treatment. Though CBD is a non-toxic component of marijuana, it can interfere with the blood thinners being used as cardiovascular medication.

Due to limited evidence, drawing any conclusion will be of no use. Therefore, there is a need to perform more research on marijuana consumption and its effects on the heart.

Apart from the long-term effects of marijuana on the body, there is no evidence of death due to its overdosing so far. Nonetheless, you may experience severe side effects when consuming marijuana frequently or in larger amounts as stated earlier.

On top of that, a higher dosage of marijuana can increase the risk of accidents and injuries too. It can make the user dull and less interested in life which is a negative aspect in particular for teenagers. This is because they will perform poorly in academics and in turn, will get disappointed in life. It can also make them anti-social and will make them lifeless.

Signing Out

So these are all the myths, reality, benefits and other positive sides of marijuana use. Now, you are also familiar with the effects of marijuana on your brain if you use it for long-time or overuse of it. Just like we always check both the sides of the road while crossing so keep in mind these things if you are smoking weed or thinking of using it. Limitation and proper use can help you with your life but overuse and long-term use can make your life purposeless and meaningless. So, be young and independent and never get addicted to anything, not even coffee, I must say.

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.