Marijuana abuse has been on the rise in recent years. In fact, 37 states have now legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, and 10 states have legalized it for recreational use.
Meanwhile, the popularity of this drug has also led to an increase in addiction. Many of those who use marijuana do so casually—and don’t realize how addictive it could be. All of this is because its active ingredient – the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which produces both psychological & physical effects when consumed.
One study estimated that approximately 3 in 10 people who use marijuana have marijuana addiction problems.
Now, this doesn’t mean that all of those people are abusing marijuana. In fact, many of them will be using it responsibly. But even so, it’s important for you to know that there is always a risk to get addicted when you smoke or ingest marijuana.
There are also some studies that marijuana use can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other vascular diseases.
While research has been inconclusive on whether or not marijuana or “pot” causes these conditions directly (it’s hard to do controlled studies on humans!), we do know that smoking pot increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which puts stress on your arteries and increases their chances of rupture or constriction (which could lead to stroke).
Marijuana use has been associated with an increased risk of psychosis, especially for people who have a genetic vulnerability to the disorder.
Another study has published that using marijuana during pregnancy may increase a person’s risk for pregnancy complications. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was showing that women who smoked pot were more likely to experience complications during pregnancy than those who did not use it.
The study looked at nearly 1,000 pregnant women and found that those pregnant women who smoked marijuana had a higher risk for miscarriage, preterm birth & low weight at birth. The researchers also found that women who used pot during their first trimester had an 8 percent greater chance of having a baby with a low birth weight compared to women who didn’t smoke marijuana at all.
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The info about side effects and studies are provided by CDC Website.