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In A Mood For Joint? Here’s What Weed Does To Your Mind!

The issue of legalizing the consumption of marijuana or weed in India has long been debated about. While many of marijuana’s effects are short-term, other effects are long-term, and you might not experience them immediately. If you are a canna-curious, you probably have a question in your mind about weed – “What effect does marijuana have on our brain?” 

Cannabis is the name of the plant that produces marijuana, and long before it became illegal, it was used as a medicine. There are a number of ways to consume weed which includes smoking it, drinking it or eating it, but no matter how you consume it, marijuana tends to have an impact on your brain due to the mind-altering compounds present in it. One of the most significant things about smoking a joint is that it is highly addictive. (more than cigarettes)

Common Effects of Weed On Physical Health

  • Higher risk of developing bronchitis
  • Lung irritation
  • Interference with fetal development during pregnancy
  • Inference with brain development among teenagers
  • Weakening of immune system
  • Red eyes

Marijuana does affect your physical health, but it has a more deep impact on your brain. In scientific terms, there are cannabinoids present in marijuana that look and act the same as the kind our body makes. When weed enters your system, they latch on to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, boosting specific signals and interfering with others. This is the reason why you feel relaxed after taking a hit, but the effect can be on the other side, too, making you feel more anxious. Weed experience varies from person to person, but when you start having a distorted sense of time, impaired memory, mood swings, impaired body movement and altered senses, you are high, and the marijuana has entered your body or, more precisely, your nervous system. The fundamental reason of marijuana affecting your brain usually occurs as THC changes the way hippocampus (brain area responsible for memory formation) processes information

Common Effects of Weed On Your Brain

  • IQ decreases
  • Large effects on Teenager’s Brain
  • Impaired Neural Connectivity
  • Memory loss
  • Delayed reactions to stimuli
  • Temporary hallucinations 

The Bottom Line

If you start a debate around cannabis, you will stumble upon people who are of the opinion that marijuana is a modern-day cure-all. At the same time, some believe that the negative outweighs the positive effects of cannabis. More researches and evidences are needed to figure out if cannabis can minimize any risks associated with medical or recreational use. 

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