How does Marijuana Affect Your Brain and Body?

By | February 1, 2009

Marijuana causes long lasting negative effects on the body and the brain. The use of this illegal drug results in a severe drop in person’s IQ levels, memory loss, lack of concentration and attentiveness.

The main chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol, or THC is a psychoactive chemical, that is one which causes changes in one’s mind. When smoked, it passes rapidly from the lungs into the bloodstream and affects the brain. Benzopyrene is another chemical found 50% more in marijuna than in tobacco. This chemical is responsible for lung cancer.

Marijuana affects concentration, coordination between psycho-motor organs, and difficulty in thinking. It also affects the memory power which is critical for teens in their academics. One, who uses marijuana, loses the problem solving skills.

Use of marijuana causes daily cough, respiratory illness, infections in lungs, vomiting, makes users feel hungry. Marijuana affects major parts of the body like lungs, heart, neck, and head.

Marijuana causes lung cancer, increases the rate of heart attack, lung infections, respiratory problems, mental illness such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and personality disturbances.

Doctors advise pregnant women not to use marijuana because it could harm the growing fetus.

Research is going on and it is in the early stage that how long the effects will be last even if someone stops abusing this drug. But it is dangerous and the results are unpredictable if it is mixed with other drugs.