Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States and in many parts of both developed and undeveloped countries. The scientific name of the plant is Cannabis sativa, and farmers harvest it for the leaves and flowers to be smoked. The active ingredient of marijuana is known as THC, short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
Intoxication with marijuana can bring about severe side effects such as distorted perceptions, paranoia, coordination and analytical difficulties, and long-term problems with memory and as well as learning. Its effects can linger on for days and even weeks at a time especially for chronic users, as its active ingredient can linger in the body for a very long time. Marijuana can stay in the blood for up to a year if smoked frequently.
There have also been studies that prove a connection between marijuana smoking and deterioration of mental health, which is why it’s best to stay away from harmful drugs such as this. Persons who are genetically prone to schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety are more vulnerable to suffering from these diseases at an increased severity due to smoking. Marijuana can also have adverse reactions from the heart, because the drug tends to increase the heart rate and even cause a heart attack. Other heart diseases caused by marijuana include arrhythmia, palpitations, and irregular heart rhythms. Furthermore, while some people think that smoking marijuana is better than smoking cigarettes, the reality is that it has up to 70 times more carcinogens, so don’t smoke any of these at all.