Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana
Here’s the quick dish. First, in order to know what pot does to the brain, it’s necessary that you understand how your brain functions.All people—not just pot smokers—have these neurons, tiny, little cells that process information, floating around ad infinite throughout your brain. Those guys are in there to keep things cool. They level the playing field. They’re responsible for stuff like reason and perspective.
So when you smoke something that has cannabinoids—tiny little molecules of tetrahydrocannabinol (i.e. the stuff that gets you high) that are nothing like anything else in your entire body—you can imagine how those neurons may get messed up. The concoction is enough to make your thoughts, imaginations, and perceptions go utterly haywire.
How the Herb Works :-
Each little bud and leaf of the marijuana plant is composed of hundreds of chemicals, but scientists have mainly studied just two main compounds: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).is a non-psychoactive compound, but it does contribute to making the smoker feel calm and relaxed. In fact, cannabidiol has so many rock-star qualities that scientists are trying to figure out how to turn it into a drug. Cannabidiol contains analgesic (aka pain-relieving), anti-inflammatory, and antipsychotic properties that have the potential to treat patients with schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and even cancer.
What Happens in the Long Term?
How long THC affects the brain and stays in the body depends onmany factors, including the potency of the marijuana, the smoker’s experience with the drug, how the drug is ingested (via joint, bowl, bong, vaporizer, etc), and if it’s used in conjunction with other drugs or alcohol . Immediate effects of THC kick in after a few seconds and last for an hour or two, but the chemicals can stay in the body for much longer.So are those wild ‘n’ crazy nights going to ruin your brain forever?Some studies have shown that frequent adolescent marijuana use—especially when use begins at a younger age—can reduce IQ by middle age. Further research argues that smoking like a chimney causes overuse of the CB1 receptors, which can lead to a sloth-like brain.
Your brain on drugs: Marijuana has physical and psychological effects :-
Most people report physiological and psychological effects after marijuana use. Short-term physical effects of marijuana include increased heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and impairment of short-term and working memory. Behaviorally/psychologically, marijuana produces euphoria – a feeling of joy, relaxation, and increased visual, auditory, and taste perceptions. Most users also report an increase in their appetite.
Your brain on drugs: Marijuana can be addictive :-
The effects of marijuana can be very insidious. Since it is not as physically damaging as, say, heroin or cocaine, it can take a long time for someone to realize that marijuana is affecting their life negatively. Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction. Marijuana addiction is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking despite negative consequences. Negative consequences of marijuana abuse and addiction can include lower performance at work or school, debt accrual or other financial consequences, or a decrease in the ability to participate in and enjoy recreational activities. When long-term marijuana abusers stop using marijuana they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include agitation, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.