The evolving landscape of marijuana usage, both medical and recreational, presents a paradox. Despite its widespread use, there remains a lack of comprehensive understanding about its effects. This has led to various studies and discussions, especially around the use of medical cannabis, which is considered generally safer due to its regulated growth standards. However, it’s important to note that not all forms of medical marijuana produce a significant “high,” as different parts of the plant are used for therapeutic purposes compared to recreational use.
The impact of marijuana on developing babies during pregnancy is less studied and publicized, leaving a gap in our scientific understanding. This lack of information affects public perception and could potentially lead to uninformed decisions regarding marijuana use during pregnancy.
Another emerging concern is secondhand marijuana smoke. Research indicates that exposure to this smoke can have effects similar to direct usage, depending on factors like proximity to the smoker, the number of people smoking, the duration of exposure, and the room’s ventilation.
In terms of health, smoking marijuana, the fastest way to feel its effects, comes with its own risks. Marijuana smoke contains many harmful substances found in cigarette smoke, contributing to heart disease and cancer.
Specifically regarding heart health, marijuana can increase heart rate and blood pressure, posing risks for those with heart conditions. The risk of heart attack is notably higher in the hour after smoking marijuana.
Withdrawal from cannabis can also be challenging, with symptoms ranging from aggression and anxiety to insomnia and physical discomfort.
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