The Truth About Marijuana

Category: HEALTH Published: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 Written by Life Coach Efosa Emovon


Health/wellbeing


In my teenage years one of the things my parents never stop warning me to keep away from was marijuana; a cannabis plant that originated from central Asia and Indian subcontinent used for medical and recreational purposes.

In fact, my parents made it appear as a viper snake whose bit kills faster than a bullet kills. Because of the picture painted on my young mind, I began to have a poor opinion of anyone taking it. I even consider such a person a criminal.

But as I grew older and began to see people I held in high esteem, people I looked up to in my environment smoking this illicit drug popularly called weed on the street, I started questioning everything my parents said concerning it.

I didn’t know some of my friends were already taking it until I decided to try it to see if it bit. In fact, the first time I took it, oh my God I thought the sun was about to fall on my head.

As I was about to take to my hills, it appears to me the ground was opening and my skin about to pull out of my body, I stood like a statue feeling sorry for myself! Next, I screamed out loudly and held my friends begging them to save me from the calamity that confronted me; can you imagine the rubbish!

My friends rolled with laughter! I thought they had gone mad because I could not see any reason why they were laughing when the world was about to come to an end. In short, the impression marijuana made on me that day made me swears never to take it ever again in my life.

It is not in my nature to say things that throw people on the floor rolling with laughter. If there is anything I dislike in this world, it is acting in a manner that creates room for people to question my sanity and have a poor opinion of me.

Keeping to that promise won’t have been a problem, had my friends saw the devil I saw in it. Unfortunately, they saw nothing wrong in it this prolonged my business with Mr. Marijuana.

It is known that not everyone who uses cannabis is affected adversely in the same way; there is a number of ways marijuana affects the brain and body, and it can vary from person to person.

Unfortunately, experts have not been able to prove why some people are more susceptible to its negative effects. Factors such as genes to personality traits may be adduced for this.

My friends made me take it again and again until I became well aware I was compromising my health and altering my ability to think properly. My parents could not have been more right, it bit! I decided to stop it for my own good and for the good of all.

I try talking my friends to give it up, but they gave me many reasons why they will not think of anything like that let alone give it up. Listed below are some of the reasons:

. Relieve them of stress and pain

. Increases their appetite

. Help them long last in bed

. Help them reason better

. Removes their mind from their worries

. Takes them to the abject world

The reasons these guys gave me will make a book if I decide to state them. Of course, I know there is beauty in everything. A well-read friend of mine once told me that if we scratch a little deeper we will see light in the devil.

I do not question his leniency; I do not doubt the logic of his reasoning. But I just have the hunch that the devil is too dark that is why it is impossible for people to see the good in him if there is any.

I stopped one day to ask myself this question, “If marijuana is any good, then why are people punished for selling, holding and using it in most countries of the world? I was still pondering on this question when Uruguay legalized it. “I must be dreaming” I said to myself.

Before I realized I was not, Canada on October 18, 2018, legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. Before I could finish saying “What” Mexico’s Supreme Court also ruled that marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional paving the way for the country’s new leader, to follow Canada’s lead.

I was still trying to believe my ears when marijuana legalization initiatives swept the United States last year. Before I knew it, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan farm bill into law in December of last year [2018] which legalized hemp.

A recent poll by the Pew Research center found that 62% of American, including 74% of millennials, said they supported legalizing marijuana.

For many years now, the adherent of the Rastafarian faith has been known for using marijuana for spiritual purposes. In fact, they claim it aids them in meditating!

One of the disciples of Rastafarianism, reggae legend Bob Nester Marley so praise and consumes this plant in his lifetime that he was buried with it.

This was Marley’s prophesy about marijuana, “Herb is the healing of the nation, alcohol is the destruction,” Was Bob Nester Marley right? Is the world beginning to see what they failed to see in it? Is there something good in it?

In fact, as more countries legalized marijuana, questions about the drug are on the rise. Cannabis popularly known as weed on the street is believed to be the most widely used illicit drug in the world.

In 2016, 51% of people in the United States had ever used cannabis. About 12% had used it in the past year, and 7.3% had used it in the past month.

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are around 22.2 million marijuana users in the United States. The countries with the highest use among adults as of 2018 are Zambia, the United States, Canada, and Nigeria.

This flowering plant that originated from Asia and Indian Subcontinent contains over 400 chemical compounds.

Its 4 major compounds are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, [d-9-THC], CBD, d-8-THC, and cannabinol. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, [d-9-THC] is the primary ingredient in marijuana it is responsible for its psychoactive effect.

Marijuana can be used by smoking, vaporizing, or mix with food Marijuana: Good or bad? Marijuana has physiological and psychoactive effects when taken in any form.

Below are some of its immediate effects:

1. Create euphoria

[feeling of joy] Marijuana use raises dopamine [brain chemical or hormone that boosts our mood] level in animals; this explains why some users become addicted to the drug.

2. Decreases motivation

There is substantial evidence that long-term marijuana use can alter the brain’s reward system to increase negative emotions and decrease motivation. This explains why most people who use this illicit drug are poor.

3. Increases appetite

Although there is limited evidence suggesting cannabis can be used to improve appetite.

4. Alters perception

Marijuana can make you view a black cloth as red; a lion as a pulpy. In fact, its effect on perception is responsible for the countless auto crash.

6. Alters your ability to concentrate and pay attention

As a student, marijuana makes it hard for you to study and pay attention in class. And as a self-employed or an employed individual, it makes you prone to making costly mistakes in your place of work.

7. Loss of coordination

Making it difficult, even dangerous to perform tasks such as driving a car

8. Depersonalization

This is ones inability to distinguish his or herself from others

Does marijuana treat disease?

Medical marijuana may help in treating conditions such as

. Epilepsy

. Glaucoma

. Alzheimer’s disease

. Eating disorder

. Pain .Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD[

. Eating disorders such as anorexia

. Nausea

. Muscle spasms

. Multiple sclerosis

. Cancer

I used the word “may” at the beginning of this paragraph because it is not yet proven to help many of the medical conditions listed. However, it has shown great signs in treating them.

Does marijuana cause mental illness?

Its use has been associated with various mental health problems such as schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, and depression. However, the mechanisms underlying this association have been unclear.

Researchers say long-term marijuana use lowers dopamine levels in the brain, this account for why some users develop mental illness.

In fact, a number of epidemiological research projects have shown links between doe-related cannabis use and an increased risk of development of an enduring psychotic illness.

Also, marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations. Talking to kids about the dangers of using marijuana or any other drugs is key to building a crime free and better society.

 

About me

Efosa Emovon is a motivational speaker and self-help guru who has empowered many people through his books, training and personal development site, www.gateofsuccess.co.uk

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