Recreational use of marijuana has been going on for many years, and like cigarettes many people refuse to listen to health reports. More and more reports are coming out on the effects of marijuana on the body. Just how harmful marijuana can be is questionable. Some health reports state that it is very detrimental to the body while others are explaining how chemicals extracted from the marijuana plant are being used as medication.
The problem is, just what are the effects, and how bad is it for someone who uses this drug? I have picked this topic because I am very interested in the effects of marijuana on the body. It is commonly known that marijuana is a widely used drug. Many movies depict people having a great time, smoking marijuana, and laughing as hard as they can. But is this really what is behind the drug?
Without looking at health reports, one may think so. If so many people use it, how can it be bad for you? After seeing so much positive feedback about marijuana, it would really be nice to see just what is behind this mysterious plant. In this paper, the researcher will explore whether or not marijuana is harmful to your physical health. It will be shown that marijuana is popular and that many people may not know what they are taking into their bodies. It will be shown just what parts of the body marijuana effects and how it effects them.
The main purpose of this collection of information is to see just what marijuana does to the body and to determine whether the effects are good, bad, or a combination of both. Many different areas of research will be used. The report “Marijuana Retains Popularity Despite Anti-drug Attitudes” in The Dallas Times Herald by the Associated Press shows just how popular marijuana remains despite health warnings. A 40-something woman referred to as Ruth has a little something to say. “It’s a very nice high,” she said. “Often in these drug stories, people forget to mention that part” (The Associated Press, A-6).
Ruth is among the 17 million Americans who use marijuana regularly. Part of the reason for marijuana’s popularity is its cheap price. John, a scientist who uses the drug says an ounce can cost him from $40 to $100 (The Associated Press, A-6). Another reason for its popularity that is that “the cops basically ignored it” a few years ago, said Bill FitzGerald, of the County Attorney’s Office (The Associated Press, A-6). Today, the county boasts a “Do Drugs, Do Time” program targeting all drug users (The Associated Press, A-6).
“Marijuana: Is there a new reason to worry?”, an article in the March 88 issue of American Health by Winifred Gallagher had a lot to say about just what parts of the body marijuana effects. The majority of the effects of marijuana are caused by a chemical called THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Marijuana, when smoked, enters the body though the lungs and is passed to the blood stream.
According to Doctor Billy martin, a professor of pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia, THC seems to turn on a number of biological systems (Gallagher, 92). Harvard’s Dr. Norman Zinberg studied a group of marijuana smoker and concluded that “essentially, marijuana doesn’t cause psychological problems for the occasional user” (Gallagher, 92). Heavy use however, is thought to create a lack of motivation, or commonly called “burn-out”. New York Hospital’s Millman prefers the term “aberrant motivation” to describe the inert attitude of some heavy smokers” (Gallagher, 92).