The Effects of Marijuana Essay

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This substance may not have been thoroughly tested to find out how it interacts with medicines, foods, herbs, or supplements. Even though some reports of interactions and harmful effects may be published, full studies of interactions and effects are not often available. Because of these limitations, any information on ill effects and interactions below should be considered incomplete. There is still concern that marijuana may cause toxic side effects in some people, and any benefits must be carefully weighed against its potential risks. A number of reviewers have concluded that the scientific evidence does not support smoking marijuana as a medicine because of problems with dosing and the variable amounts of any one compound that might be delivered. Inhaling or ingesting (eating or drinking) marijuana can cause a number of mental and emotional effects, including feelings of euphoria, short-term memory loss, difficulty in completing complex tasks, changes in the perception of time and space, sleepiness, anxiety, confusion, and inability to concentrate. Some people find the emotional and mental effects to be frightening, and a significant few have had problems like depression, paranoia, and hallucinations from marijuana or cannabinoid medicines. People who are prone to mental illness may have more serious mental and emotional effects from marijuana use. Physical side effects include low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, dizziness, slow reaction time, and heart palpitations. Instances of serious heart problems are very rare. Marijuana smoke contains many of the same carcinogens, or chemicals that can cause cancer, as tobacco smoke. Studies have shown changes in the linings of the breathing passages in marijuana smokers. Results of epidemiologic studies have not shown a clear link between marijuana and cancer risk. Many of these studies compared people with certain

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