Immediate and Long Term Effects of Marijuana on the Brain

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There is no denying that Marijuana is probably the most widely used illegal drug across the globe.

For centuries, it has been used for a myriad of reasons. But in the present times, it is predominantly used as recreationally. Various cultures use this drug in different ways. Those who smoke marijuana recreationally may feel temporarily affected by it but the effect of this drug on those who smoke it on a daily basis can be grave. Let’s take a look at some of the immediate effects marijuana has on the brain.

One of the most effective ingredients present in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabind). Once marijuana is smoked, the THC swiftly exits the lungs and enters the bloodstream. In the bloodstream, it moves toward the brain. This ingredient works by meddling with cannabinoid receptors present in the brain. These receptors are what control pleasure, memory, concentration, learning etc. In other words, a person feels high as soon as the THC is exposed to the body. This is just the short term effect of using marijuana.

Smoking marijuana more frequently causes permanent alterations to the mind and the body. THC stimulates the brain to release dopamine so using this drug everyday can derail the ability of the brain to release dopamine on its own. Also, frequent marijuana smoking has also been shown to cause short term memory loss.

Long Term Effects of Regular Marijuana Consumption

  • lowers the reaction time
  • rise in the feelings of fear
  • paranoia
  • anxiety
  • a number of skills are negatively impacted

In a nutshell, marijuana is addictive and makes people experience both emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms.

Immediate Effects of Marijuana Consumption

  • depression
  • decrease in appetite
  • aggressive behavior
  • anxiety
Marijuana Addiction Brain

Marijuana Addiction Brain

There is no medication for marijuana addiction. If you are a compulsive marijuana user, it is best for you to seek the support of an addiction treatment center.