The Harmful Effects Of Marijuana
Marijuana is one of the most harmful drugs, but yet it's one of the most
frequently used drugs, does that sound right? Last year in the United States, nearly
69 million people over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. The scary
thing is, do they really know about the harmful effects? There are both long-term
and immediate effects such as cancer(a huge killer in the world), increased heart
rate, and the way young people grow up.
It is not yet determined whether marijuana leads to cancer, but most people
who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes and other drugs. The smoke from
marijuana contains similar cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, but sometimes in
higher concentrations. From an article that I read, I found an interesting study that
shows someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-
causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.
really blew my mind. From smoking marijuana, it could contribute to early
development of head and neck cancer in some people. If that's not enough to scare
people, then what will. Just like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is harmful to the
lungs because users often inhale the filtered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs
as long as possible. The tars from marijuana smoke produce tumors when used for a
long period of time.
With long-term effects, there is also immediate effects such as faster
heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and dry mouth and throat. Studies of
marijuana's mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term
memory, alter sense of time, and reduce the ability to do things which require
concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating...