On the back of this post about another reason not to smoke cigarettes, here are a few reasons not to use marijuana (cannabis).
For starters some of the dangers associated with use of marijuana include:
- Impaired perception
- Diminished short-term memory
- Loss of concentration and coordination
- Impaired judgement
- Increased risk of accidents
- Loss of motivation
- Diminished inhibitions
- Increased heart rate
- Anxiety, panic attacks, and paranoia
- Damage to the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems
- Increased risk of cancer
- Psychological dependency
- Significant behavioural problems
- Marijuana can also inhibit maturity
Although dangers exist for marijuana users of all ages, risk is greatest for the young. This is largely due to the fact that an adolescent brain is still very much developing. For them, the impact of marijuana on learning is critical, and it often proves pivotal in the failure to master vital interpersonal skills (the skills that a person uses to interact with other people). Decreased interpersonal skills would also inhibit one’s ability to form relationships with, for example, the opposite sex.
A number of studies have shown an association between marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Some of these studies have shown age at first use to be an important risk factor, where early use is a marker of increased vulnerability to later problems.
Also, animal studies have shown marijuana-induced structural damage to portions of the brain essential to memory and learning indicating that marijuana use can cause irreversible loss of intellectual capacity.
There’s a myth that teen brains will bounce back, that they are really resilient, but in fact they may not be. It appears that they may be more vulnerable to drug use. Read more here, here, here or here.
Basically, do not do drugs, particularly if you are a young person !!!