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Negative Effects of Cannabis

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Apr. 16th, 2004 | 02:35 am
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Whew! I thought this would be easy to write, but when I began to do the research, I founnd that there were not that many negative effects to Marijuana! Discourage, I wondered how I waas going to put this article together???? I felt like McGyver, trying to create a shopping mall out of popsicle sticks and duct tape!! Well, touched by the muse, and catching a nap, I finally pieced together the negative effects of cannabis. If you are a user, then you may what to read this before you light up again, especially if you live in Hawaii.

Happy 420! Finally the day that every marijuana user has waited for, the acclaimed official day where the illegal drug known as cannabis is celebrated. This is the day where many people may run out to find their own personal stash to enjoy either alone, or with a group of friends. While in this circle, people sit and take pleasure in the side effects that arise from smoking cannabis. Yet, unfortunately, as with any drug, whether it is alcohol, cigarettes, or even prescription drugs, there are negative side effects.

Although I have not used marijuana before in my life, I have been curious to know what were the possible negative effects to marijuana use. During my research for the negative effects of thee use of cannabis, I have found that there is not much, but needless to say there are some serious effects. During my search on the Wide World of Web, I found a site entitled, www.weedguru.com, which posted a small description of the negative use of marijuana. According to the post, the site states that a cannabis user will suffer, short-term memory loss, respiratory difficulties, and loss of motivation.

As a student, many of us have learned the importance of keeping our short-term memory, while it is for the major exam at the end of each semester, or the long 20-page paper that we need to write, completing such projects would become more difficult to do if under the influence of marijuana.

It has been proven that regular cigarettes cause respiratory difficulties; the same is true with cannabis. As with any plant that is smoked, lung cancer may be caused through the usage of marijuana.

According to weedguru, the most serious effect from using cannabis would be the loss of motivation in all aspects of one’s life. Even for those who do not use the drug as often, it can affect the user by making the person lose motivation to do anything: studying, socializing, personal hobbies, etc. Unfortunately, the negative effects do not end there.

According to womenshealth.org, marijuana also decreases women’s fertility. Female users, according to the website, will find it much more difficult to conceive than those who do not use marijuana. Women may also experience an abnormal ovulation while enjoying cannabis.

For women who are fortunate to conceive while under the influence, they will experience a different set of difficulties. The child may suffer various neurological difficulties from the effects of using marijuana, but in the long run, the child of a prenatal marijuana user may suffer greatly during her/his academic growth in school. For example, the child may lack reading and language skills by the time he/she become 9-12 years of age.

Men are not immune to the effects of marijuana either. Also stated on womenshealth.org, men may suffer a decrease in sperm count, testosterone, and low levels of potency. From this research alone it is easy to see the difficulties a family can suffer if the parents are frequent user of the drug.

The final question about marijuana (which I am sure is on everyone’s minds): is marijuana addictive? Surfing deeper and deeper on the Internet, I have found something quite interesting and relevant to the topic. Marijuana, unlike cigarettes is not addictive. However, that does not mean that we should all drop our college books, rush out and find our own personal supply of cannabis. While the drug itself is not addictive, it is the neurological effects of the drug that is highly addictive. Though I personally have not experienced the hallucinations and/or the “buzz” brought onto the user, there is still the sense of pleasure that many users wish to retain, and is what makes the drug addictive.

To use cannabis, or not to use it still remains up to one person, you. While there still is argument to go out and get high, keep in mind that the drug is still illegal and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the state of Hawaii will result to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000. The final decision is up to you, but keep in mind of the consequences that may follow.

Take care all!!

Comments {4}

From: cutelilcracka
Date: Apr. 16th, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC)

I used to smoke weed. I don't really think it's addictive. I used it as a recreational thing. Sometimes I liked how it made me feel, and other times I couldn't wait to come down. Now it's just not appealing to me anymore.

I've heard that smoking weed is better for you than cigarettes. Did you find any information about that?

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From: hisensei808
Date: Apr. 17th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)

I was just looking at the negative effects. I would not argue with you becuase of course, I have not tried it, nor do I want tlll. Being a teacher means, keeping clean, if you know hwat I mean. Anyway, thanks and smile.

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From: jessofer
Date: Apr. 17th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)

i was just brosing through your journal & i thought this was an interesting topic, but i think you should do some more reserch.. pot is a lot more harmful than cigarettes, comparing a lung of a pot smoker to a lung of a cig. smoker the pot smokers lung is visably worse. i did a whole presentation on it in high school, which was a while ago so i don't remember the exact figures but its a pretty good percent higher. plus when people smoke pot a tar actually starts to coat their brain. thats probably a cause of short term memory loss... i can't quite remember, but i don't think i could ever forget the pictures i've seen of the internal organs of marijuana users. I'm sure if you look a little more you could find some of these sites. if i happen to come across then i'll send them to you, they have plenty of info :)

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From: hisensei808
Date: Apr. 17th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)

thanks... It was for an article. I do apprectiate you reading it. Like annything drug, I am sure that it is harmful regardless. it was hard looking for information because I came across this one article that was actually against all the negative effect of it. Furthermore, I only had 700 word limit on the article, so I thought I would get out some of the more immediate effects. Personally, I do not care to try it, even more so after looking at some of the negative effects. I would be interested in learning more about what you did foorr your presentation though. sounds interesting. Keep in touch. and Thanks

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