Does Cannabis Present Health Risk?
This is a question that many people wonder about. Many believe that cannabis can be just as harmful as cigarettes and can lead to lots of different severe health problems. This simply is not the case. Marijuana is not a major risk to your health, as you would say tobacco is. It is unlikely that you will become addicted to cannabis as it is commonly believed. Smoking cannabis with tobacco can lead a person to become addicted, but that is not due anything that is in the marijuana, it’s because of the addictive qualities that is in the tobacco such as the nicotine. If you have, however, been smoking cannabis from a young age or use it very regularly, it is still a drug which means it is possible that you could become addicted to it. The most commonly reported withdrawal symptoms are increased anxiety, being irritable, feeling depressed, having issues sleeping at night and being tired during the day, and some people even suffer from having a low appetite and lose a lot of weight. This is very uncommon for people who use marijuana for recreational matters or not very regularly.
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Although cannabis isn’t as fatal to your health as smoking cigarettes are, smoking cannabis alone probably isn’t the best thing for your lungs, especially if you have asthma. However, there has been no scientific evidence to prove that the drug actually has any fatal affects on your respiratory system. Marijuana does not contain anything such as tar or any addicting qualities like cigarettes have.
Cannabis may have a higher health risk to people who start to consume the drug at a young age. People who began to consume cannabis as a teenager or who are using cannabis as a teenager are at a higher risk of developing a mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The risk can be even higher if the persons family has a history of mental illness.
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Cannabis also can have an affect on a persons ability to drive, similar to alcohol, because of how the drug distorts a persons vision and can slow down someones reaction time. The drug can also result in short-term memory loss too, which means a person may not even remember how to drive or forget certain little things whilst in the car, such as how to change gears. You shouldn’t attempt to drive whilst you are under the influence of cannabis for your own health and for the safety of others.
Despite all of these things, there has been no direct link to any fatal diseases with the use of cannabis alone and is definitely no where near as dangerous to your health as cigarettes are.