Effects of Marijuana
Marijuana is made from a mixture of buds, leaves, and flowering tops of the hemp plant that grows in warm climates throughout the world. While the drug preparation and storage greatly affects its level of potency, it usually contains several hundred active chemicals. Of these many chemicals, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the one credited as having the greatest affect on the user. THC produces a variety of hallucinogenic, depressant, and stimulant effects. Users report a range of feelings while under the influence of the drug, varying from joy and relaxation, to suspicion and irritation. The “high” produced by marijuana causes physical changes such as reddening of the eyes, fast heartbeat, increased blood pressure, dry mouth, dizziness, and increased appetite.
Effects on the Body
Many feel that marijuana has few adverse side effects on the body; however, this is not always the case. With its high intoxication potential, it has a low dependency potential and low risk of organ damage or death. On the other hand, the consequences of marijuana should not be ignored. It may have negative effects on memory for heavy users. Moreover, information learned while under the influence of this drug is easily forgotten, which is why chronic smokers are at a disadvantage at school and at work. Using marijuana with especially high potencies can be quite dangerous. High levels of THC can cause panic attacks, similar to those produced by hallucinogenic drugs, and the users can feel like they are losing their minds. There are indications that regular marijuana smoking may lead to lung disease and lung cancer as well.
Effects on Sexuality
Perhaps part of the appeal of marijuana is its rumored aphrodisiac-like qualities. Marijuana has the reputed effect of elevating mood and arousal and stimulating sexual activity. In reality, sex under the influence of marijuana is not always so romantic. While the drug has the ability to enhance mood and reduce inhibitions, much in the way that alcohol does, it also has some undesired effects on a person’s libido. While some users claim that it greatly increases their sexual desire, others experience the converse effect. Many report having a substantially decreased sexual drive when stoned. Further, it can be difficult to arouse people under the influence. In addition, many marijuana users find that they fall somewhere in between these two extremes; rather, they are sometimes aroused and sometimes disappointed with its sexual side effects. Users and their partners also experience a variety of reactions to using marijuana during intercourse. There are some that claim a greater bond between partners, claiming marijuana facilitates a more beautiful, spiritual connection. However, this response is reported to transcend each partner into his or her own personal space, therefore, emotionally distancing partners instead of bringing them closer. Overall, scientific research seems to discredit the drug’s ability to heighten sexual stimulation and arousal. Marijuana may distort users’ sense of time, thus, creating the illusion of prolonged arousal and orgasm.
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