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The Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse

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Marijuana is one of the world’s widely abused illicit drugs. The drug is mainly found in the flowers, leaves, seeds, and stems of the cannabis plant which is dried and crushed. Its smoke produced after passing through heat has a distinctive and robust smell with a sweet-sour scent.

Change in actions from marijuana use include:

  • Lack of focus and persistent confusion.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Dropping regular activities and learning.
  • Memory loss that comes with reduced ability to think and solve problems independently.

Additional physical signs of marijuana abuse may include:

  • Red eyes that have impaired vision.
  • Increased heart rates.
  • Frequent cravings.
  • Coughing that is accompanied with mucus.
  • Obnoxiousness, distress or anxiety.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Memory loss.
  • Mis-timing.
  • Dependency on the drug.
  • Loss of control.

What Are the Effects of Marijuana Abuse?

Extended use of marijuana deters with the psychological health of a person that could range from severe memory loss, learning patterns, increased mood swings and tamper with social behavior. It also interferes with one’s social life especially work and family relations. Findings confirm that marijuana badly tampers with memory and learning ability that betters as the drug wears off from the system. For this reason, a marijuana addict could be performing at lower intellectual standards than their average ability.

Abusing marijuana for prolonged periods may eventually lead to an addiction. Addiction makes a user aggressive in finding the drug and becomes overdependent on marijuana. Marijuana has been a comfortable drug in the society also referred to as the “gateway drug, that has been frequently encouraged and its evilness purified which makes it easier for users to freely abuse it compared to other street drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Also, on the downside, when marijuana addicts try to put a stop to using drugs, they often suffer from withdrawal symptoms which can be quite excruciating forcing most to fall back to marijuana use. These withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia.
  • Irritability.
  • Reduced appetite at times leading to eating disorders.
  • Strong desire for the drugs.
  • Anxiety.

Marijuana is often found in the form of a cigarette, from a paper hand-rolled into a joint. It is also found in the form of blunts which are cigars that have been emptied off tobacco then filled with marijuana material. The blunt retains traces of tobacco material in which smoking the blunt combines marijuana’s components with nicotine from the tobacco remnants. Lung cancer is often associated with smoked marijuana due to the unfiltered smoke that makes way for harmful carcinogens to the respiratory system.

How Does Marijuana Affect the Brain?

Marijuana has a chemical compound, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is believed to be responsible for the drug’s effects. THC makes its way into the lungs after being smoked up and eventually absorbed into the bloodstream which then transfers it to the brain. THC then targets the cannabinoids receptors in the brain, that arouse a series of cellular reactions causing the “highness.” These receptors are highly concentrated in some areas of the brain which are ideally responsible for the retention, sensory, judgment, timing, attentiveness, desire, and mobility.

 

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