9 Great Reasons Not to Smoke Marijuana
With medical marijuana and marijuana legalization on the forefront of politics, sometimes we have to remind ourselves that there are always drawbacks to using substances – regardless of how benign those substances may seem. And there’s always good reasons not to smoke…anything.
It’s true that marijuana does not cause the mass destruction of alcohol, heroin, or even prescription drugs. But it can still contribute to many undesirable mental, physical, and social effects.
That said, here are some great reasons not to smoke marijuana.
Heavy smokers may lack mental clarity. This is a no-brainer. Heavy marijuana use is intoxicating, and can create confusion and poor decision-making. Memory loss effects will usually abate once a smoker quits, but long-term smokers who continue to use may experience a lot of “uh?” moments. THC impairs areas in the brain responsible for thoughts, concentration and memory,
Smokers may suffer from a lack of ambition. Many marijuana smokers complain that it saps their ambition, but is that just a stereotype? Turns out, that no, there’s actual science behind it. According to studies, people who smoke marijuana on a regular basis over long periods of time produce less dopamine – a chemical in the brain that is linked to motivation.
Smokers may exhibit a lack of energy. Marijuana is a mild hallucinogen and and a depressant. Due to this fact, it slow down body processes, thus contributing to a laid back feeling. But the lethargy can become a never-ending cycle, as continuing to smoke may deplete your lungs and bloodstream of oxygen.
Smoker may suffer from bad eating habits. Munchies aside, even if you are not trying to lose weight, chances are when you are smoking you are reaching for high-calorie, high-carbohydrate, sugary or greasy foods that aren’t helping your overall health.
Smoking can affect your lungs. While the verdict is still out on the effects that marijuana actually has on the human lungs, most experts agree that chronic use can lead to a buildup of tar, which can have mild-serious health consequences. And the more you smoke, the more chances it will effect your lungs in some way.
Smoking costs money. Marijuana isn’t an extremely expensive habit when compared to some other drugs, but it all adds up. A daily, long-term habit can result in the loss of thousands of dollars over time, money which could be better saved, or spent on healthier endeavors.
Smoking can make you antisocial. Many people who smoke do so in small groups, but many also do it alone. It’s not really a highly social activity, and the lethargy and mental fog often interferes with one’s ability to communicate effectively.
Smoking marijuana can affect mood and self-esteem. As noted above, chronic marijuana smoking can cause a decrease in dopamine. This also can contribute to depression, anxiety, and a lack of self-worth. Indeed, the effects of marijuana are unpredictable, and has been known to have caused tremendous anxiety and panic attacks on its own. This may be one of the best reasons not to smoke, as it can affect your overall mental well-being and emotional stability.
Smoking marijuana can contribute to mental illness. Those who are predisposed to schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia should not smoke marijuana, as it can exacerbate these symptoms.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology
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