Is Marijuana Safe to Consume? There are now several states that have already legalized the use of weed recreationally. And due to high poll results and popular demand, Americans have shown support and favor on this practice. It may be soon enough that we get to a point that we can freely smoke up a joint without fear of being arrested. So, what are the downsides of smoking weed health-wise?
As the laws shift in the new normal, the debate over the legalization is still a hot topic today. Even Though some claim that weed is safer than alcohol, there are still others that argue that marijuana causes harm and not just the high you are getting from it.
However, there is still no solid evidence that occasional use leads to a long term health hazard, scientists and researchers are worried that the effects of “heavy: weed smoking in the long term can lead to some negative effects. It is said that as of today we still can’t say it is safe for us. Below are the known downsides of smoking weed everyday.
What are the Downsides of Smoking Weed on our Bodies?
Heavy use of Marijuana has been connected to some lung effects, loss of memory and a few more health concerns.
When Weed is smoked, the THC, CBD and other chemical compounds travel from your lungs to your bloodstream and eventually to your brain. THC is the one responsible for the euphoric, psychoactive high that we feel.
Some of the downsides of smoking weed are;
- Dry Mouth
- Bloodshot eyes
- Increased heart rates
- Slow coordination
Weed Smoke and What’s in it?
Weed smoke contains around 60 chemical compounds coined as Cannabinoids. The 2 most identifiable ones are THC and CBD. THC is the one responsible for getting the Weed smoker high with its euphoric and psychoactive attributes however this also increases memory loss and random thoughts on its consumer. CBD on the other hand has no psychoactive effects in nature but is also laden with plenty of health benefits. Most of the negative effects of weed can be connected to the burning of the organic matter that is the main cause of the lung issues that affect heavy weed smokers in the long term.
How Marijuana Affects Lungs?
Marijuana smoking even when done occasionally can cause some stinging and burning on the mouth and throat and sometimes cause heavy coughing. It has been revealed by researchers that the effects of Marijuana smoking on our lungs are similar to the respiratory problems that tobacco smoking gives including but not limited to;
- Increase coughing and phlegm
- Increased risks for lung infections
- Increased frequency of acute chest ailments
Weed smokers normally consume a lot less smoke compared to cigarette smokers, but we should not ignore the idea of our susceptibility to these conditions and effects as Marijuana burning and smoking contains similar amounts of carcinogens in a cigarette, and because weed smokers try to inhale the smoke deeper and longer in every puff, the lung exposure is likewise as deep in terms of its reach within our respiratory system.