Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Alright potheads. Regardless of whether or not marijuana should be legalized (I think it should simply because throwing potheads in jail is a waste of time and money), pot is still bad for you if you do it habitually. And let's not get into the silly debate about whether it's addictive or not; that's not the focus of this blog. Oh, and I don't think you're a dumb@$$ if you smoke it, but there *is* too much of a good and bad thing, and smoking pot everyday turns out to be too much of both.
On the one hand, it has awesome effects; I've smoked it. On the other hand, as I've said, it's bad for you, though it's nevertheless one of the least dangerous illicit drugs out there.
Why is it bad for you? Well, I'm so glad you asked, inquiring member of society!
1. It makes you stupid. Kinda like this man.
Heavy users of pot showed greater impairment on simple tasks such as card-shuffling or learning word lists, even when they weren't high at all. Smoking only 20 mg can affect one's ability to operate machinery for 24 hours (link). Finally, as many links on Almighty Google will testify, pot has impaired the cognitive skills of MS patients, even though it was intended as a form of treatment. Granted, many results of studies on marijuana have been mixed, but it's better not to take a risk, and pot clearly has harmful effects on some people's cognition. Also, the evidence has consistently proven that marijuana at least temporarily dulls concentration abilities. It might even damage a chronic user's ability to form new memories (link).
2. Pot is bad for sex.
3. Pot smokes your lungs.
Here, again, "Long term pot smoking is associated with many symptoms of obstructive pulmonary disease: airflow obstruction, chronic cough, bronchitis, and decreased exercise tolerance. Regular smokers of three to four marijuana cigarettes per day experience cough, wheeze, and sputum production and exhibit abnormalities in the lungs equivalent to those who smoke approximately 20 tobacco cigarettes per day." (emphasis mine) So apparently, a marijuana cigarette has the potency of roughly four tobacco cigarettes. If that doesn't spell "black lung death" I don't know what does. It may also cause respiratory cancer, and though it's not certain yet, you can bet that more attention to the effects of marijuana on the lungs must be studied.
4. It might put the heart into overdrive.
When a person smokes pot, the heart may speed up 20 to 50 beats per minute, and in some cases it may double. In some cases, it will increase blood pressure, and may reduce the blood's capacity to carry oxygen. While this isn't any concern for people who do not have heart problems, it is a great concern for those who do. (link)
5. It might throw you into the loony bin.
Prolonged use of marijuana can increase the likelihood of developing psychosis (trust me, it's not awesome) and/or schizophrenia (link). It even increases the risk of developing a mental disorder by 600-700%! Granted, developing schizophrenia is unlikely in and of itself, and the risk applies most to those who are most at risk for developing it anyway (which is hard to determine), but 8-13% of teens who developed schizophrenia are linked to good ol' Mary Jane. So even though teens and those adults who already have a risk of developing schizophrenia are most at risk when abusing marijuana, you can still get to see pink elephants even when not smoking pot! Hurray! (I know, I'm exaggerating)
In conclusion, it's probably a good idea to put down the joint and do something healthier, like have sex.
What do you think about these points?