Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused illicit drugs in the United States. Though the possession and consumption of marijuana is banned and is considered illegal, its usage is still prevalent among teenagers as well as younger adults. Chronic marijuana use not only shows negative impact on the person’s health, but also leads to significant negative effects on his/her daily life. Following are the effects of marijuana abuse on the user’s life.
In general, marijuana is smoked using a cigarette or pipe. Once the smoke is inhaled, the active chemical present in marijuana, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. The blood carries this chemical to different parts of the body including the brain. This chemical acts on some areas in the brain called as Cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are found in large numbers in areas that influence memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
Hence, regular use of marijuana results in distorted perceptions, impaired coordination and difficulty in thinking, problem solving, learning and memory – all faculties essential in day to day life.
Other negative effects
- For teenagers who are pursuing their education, marijuana abuse creates serious obstacles to learning. Marijuana usage severely impairs their learning capabilities, critical thinking ability, and other related functions. These students are more likely to suffer from memory problems and difficulty in concentrating. There will be a decline in comprehension and cognitive skills. The effects are more drastic in case of regular users and those who take the drug in higher quantities. Due to these problems, they become irregular to school. It affects their academics and grades as well.
- Marijuana use also causes various problems at workplace. Employees who abuse marijuana look normal, but mentally, they experience lot of disturbance. They lose interest in their work. It affects their performance and hence productivity. They lose temper quite easily creating issues at workplace. It also affects their driving capabilities and hence there is increased risk of workplace accidents and injuries.
- Chronic use of marijuana leads to psychological effects like increased mental illness, paranoia and schizophrenia. Users show less interest towards their job, relations and other social activities. Lack of attendance and poor performance at workplace leads to poor income, no appraisals or promotions.
- Drug addiction and dependence makes the user stay away from social groups and hence affects their social relations. We can also notice a significant change in the user’s social behavior due to the adverse effects of marijuana on his/her brain.
Thus, marijuana has serious effects on the daily life of the user. Long-term usage leads to chronic disorders that may ruin the person’s life. It is better to stay away from this unhealthy habit in order to lead a happy and problem free life.