Cannabinoids or CBD are the chemicals that make cannabis illegal in most states. But is cannabis a safe drug to use? In general, there is no doubt that cannabis is a mind-altering drug that can lead to enhanced mood, anxiety, depression, psychosis and hallucinations. However, is it really dangerous? Here are some things to consider.
Most people who have used cannabis at some point in time will testify that it is indeed a mind-altering substance. It is one of the most well known and abused prescription drugs in the world today. With that being said, does using cannabis have any long term effects on the body? On the flip side of the coin, do the short-term effects of using cannabis necessarily outweigh the long-term ones? This article will look into some of the short term effects and draw a link between them to show that yes, cannabis can have long term negative effects on the body.
Many people associate the consumption of cannabis with mind-altering, spiritual experiences. But does this association actually exist? The short term effects of cannabis on the human body can be divided into two categories – those that occur in the user and those that occur within the body. Since most users will consume the drug in an oral form, the oral consumption of cannabis will produce the greatest degree of effects. In fact, some studies have shown that the level of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) present in cannabis has a direct impact on the brain’s chemical systems, and the levels of CBD are almost negligible in the blood stream.
When the body begins to process THC in a way that it does not produce the short-term effects of euphoria, you may experience a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, depression, memory loss, drowsiness and a feeling that you may be “high as a kite”. If you are using cannabis regularly, these symptoms can begin to occur, although they can also occur without use. One of the more common side effects from consuming THC is that you can become addicted to the drug. As THC builds up in the body, your body releases larger amounts of THC, which in turn increases the speed of metabolism and the intensity of the drug’s effects on your body. Ultimately, the longer you use cannabis, the more the receptors will be reduced, and this means that your body will need higher amounts of THC to produce the same level of “high” or euphoria.
There are other side effects that occur when a person begins using cannabis. Like most other drugs, if someone starts using cannabis and then starts using another drug, the pairing of drugs is very difficult for the user to break. For example, if a person uses heroin but also uses cannabis, they can easily start to develop an addiction to the former and become very heavy users of both.
On top of all of the side effects that can occur from cannabis use, one of the most common and scary is what it can do to the brain. Many times people will start to experience problems with short-term memory loss, and eventually even complete loss of their ability to remember things. This can lead to depression, anxiety and mental instability, which is why it is so important to get help as soon as possible if you or someone you know has an addiction to cannabis.