What Pot REALLY Does to Your Brain and Body

What Pot REALLY Does to Your Brain and Body

What Pot REALLY Does to Your Brain and BodyRecently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine summed up the negative effects of marijuana:

  1. Marijuana Can Make You Feel TOO Good

Overstimulation of the brain’s reward systems can impair the ability to derive pleasure from other activities.

  1. Marijuana Can Increase Your Heart Rate

Smoking marijuana can trigger a heart rate increase of between 20 and 50 beats per minute for up to three hours.

  1. Marijuana Raises Your Risk of Stroke

Marijuana users have a tripled risk of dying due to high blood pressure.

  1. Marijuana Throws Off Your Balance

Cannabis directly affects the basal ganglia and the cerebellum, the areas of the brain associated with posture, coordination, balance, and reaction time.

  1. Marijuana Messes with Your Sense of Time

By affecting the cerebellum, pot causes users to feel as if time has slowed down or sped up.

  1. Marijuana Makes You Overeat

Pot interferes with the brain circuitry that quells the appetite.

  1. Marijuana Causes Memory Problems

By changing the way your brain processes information, weed negatively affects short-term memory.

  1. Marijuana May Trigger Depression

In people who are genetically-vulnerable, smoking marijuana can increase the risk of depression.

  1. Marijuana Use May Lead to Schizophrenia

Marijuana users are at elevated risk for developing schizophrenia.

  1. There Is a Connection between Marijuana Use and Anxiety

There seems to be a reciprocal relationship between the use of marijuana and social anxiety.

  1. Marijuana Physically Changes Your Brain

Long-term pot smokers have a smaller orbitofrontal cortex, the region of the brain associated with decision-making and emotional control.

  1. Marijuana Use during Pregnancy Affects Unborn Babies

Smoking weed during pregnancy leads to:

  • A greater risk of a stillborn birth
  • Lower birth weight
  • Problems with emotional control
  • Memory and problem-solving issues
  • Poor academic performance

Despite legalization, marijuana is NOT a harmless drug. Any level of use should come with a real awareness of the potential risks. If marijuana is negatively affecting your life or that of someone you care about, get back on track with help from Lasting Recovery – one of the most-trusted outpatient drug rehabs San Diego has to offer.

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