Do you smoke or use marijuana regularly? Do you know someone who does? Do you tend to use this drug daily? Is it a substance you consider to be "safe"? There seems to be quite a bit of controversy over whether or not it actually is safe or OK to use. There are many new studies that suggest pot isn't as safe and harmless as we sometimes assume.
Various studies show that extended use of weed can lower levels of important brain chemicals, it can lower dopamine levels in our brain, and cause us to age more rapidly.
Often considered a gateway drug, marijuana is a controversial substance that is commonly abused by teens, young adults and adults. Many use cannabis to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It’s also used medically. Various doctors will prescribe it for cancer, glaucoma and other types of medical conditions as treatment in U.S. states that legally allow it.
According to drugabuse.gov, the following symptoms can be experienced, both mentally and physically when using marijuana regularly:
- Breathing problems. Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and people who smoke marijuana frequently can have the same breathing problems as those who smoke tobacco. These problems include daily cough and phlegm, more frequent lung illness, and a higher risk of lung infections.
- Researchers still don't know whether people who smoke marijuana have a higher risk for lung cancer.
- Increased heart rate. Marijuana raises heart rate for up to 3 hours after smoking. This effect may increase the chance of heart attack.
- Older people and those with heart problems may be at higher risk.
- Problems with child development during and after pregnancy. Marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight and increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems in babies.
- If a pregnant woman uses marijuana, the drug may affect certain developing parts of the fetus' brain. Resulting challenges for the child may include problems with attention, memory, and problem-solving.
- Some research also suggests that moderate amounts of THC are excreted into the breast milk of nursing mothers.
- With regular use, THC can reach amounts in breast milk that could affect the baby's developing brain. More research is needed.
- Temporary hallucinations can be caused. Sensations and images that seem real though they are not can be experienced.
- Temporary paranoia is a symptom of pot usage. It can cause extreme and unreasonable distrust of others.
- Worsening symptoms in patients with schizophrenia (a severe mental disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, and disorganized thinking) can be experienced.
- Marijuana use has also been linked to other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens.
If you or someone you know, especially teens, are smoking pot, consider the dangers of it, verses the controversial information that might make it seem harmless. Sometimes, if teens are using, it's hard to know. Below, you'll find slang terms that might help you better determine whether they are or not.
- Yellow Submarine
- Woo Blunts
- White-Haired Lady
- White Russian
- Weed Tea
- Wake and Bake
- Wacky Tobaccky
- Viper Weed
- Twenty Six Red
- Trupence Bag
- Triple A
- Thai Stick
- Texas Tea
- Texas Pot
- Tex Mex
- Sweet Lucy
If your teen son or daughter is suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get them some help. While it’s easy for them to believe they are alone in this struggle that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous teens and young adults dealing with addiction, all over the world. Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available.
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If someone you know and love is struggling with any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to help them get established with a drug and alcohol treatment center. Drug rehab might be the only chance they have at recovery. There are numerous people dealing with addiction in the world, so it's important to understand you aren't alone. Contact Legacy Freedom if you need a Charlotte drug and alcohol treatment center. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.