Whether you choose to smoke it, vape it, or consume it through edibles, marijuana can have a significant impact on your body. Depending on how you ingest the drug, different parts of your body are impacted in different ways, and just like cigarette smokers, those who smoke weed are at a higher risk for certain conditions and diseases. Users experience different effects both psychologically and physically when they use marijuana. Understanding what happens when weed enters your bloodstream is important. Before you pop that next THC gummy or roll another joint, here is what happens to your body when you get high. Need Raleigh drug rehab in 2018? Legacy can help. Call now!
Increased Risk of Testicular Cancer
A study conducted by the University of Southern California found that men who had testicular germ cell tumors were more likely to have used marijuana in the past than those who did not have the tumors. The American Cancer Society says that more research is needed to analyze the causal relationship between these testicular tumors and smoking weed.
Researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study in which two test groups were given a problem to solve. One test group was given marijuana with a high THC content while the other group was given a placebo. The test group given the marijuana with a high THC level was unable to come up with as many solutions to the problem as those who were given the placebo. These findings may bust the age-old anecdote about creative types like artists and musicians using weed as part of their inspiration process.
Death from High Blood Pressure
For those who have hypertension or high blood pressure, smoking weed can be lethal. Georgia State University found that those with hypertension who smoked weed were three times more likely to die compared to those with hypertension who didn't smoke weed. When it comes to mixing weed with high blood pressure, the results are anything but chill.
Increases Risk of Alzheimer's
Low blood flow to the brain caused by marijuana use can put pot smokers at a greater risk of developing cognitive brain disorders like Alzheimer's. Healthy non-smokers showed higher levels of blood flow to the brain than those who used.
Short-Term Memory Problems
The stigma that stoners are forgetful isn't just a myth. Northwestern University scientists discovered brain abnormalities in former pot smokers that impacted regions of the brain associated with short-term memory. When asked to perform memory related tasks, former marijuana users performed significantly worse than their non-smoker counterparts.
Destroys Brain Cells
Your cognitive function and short-term memory suffer as a result of regular pot use and your physical brain also incurs damage as well. An ongoing study that dates back to the early 1990s has found that smoking reefer could damage brain cells and put users at a higher risk for developing psychotic symptoms or disorders.
Philadelphia's Einstein Medical Center found that those who had a history of using marijuana were 26% more likely to have a stroke and ten percent more likely to develop heart failure. Marijuana use can also raise the user's resting heart rate by 20% to 100%, and that can last for hours after use.
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