Many believe Marijuana to
be a relatively harmless substance and there are those supporters who have
convinced themselves that there are health benefits attached. In reality,
Marijuana impairs cognitive functioning, memory, perception and judgment
and, in many cases, can result in the development of psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations & delusions & ultimately Schizophrenia.
The Marijuana plant contains 400 chemicals. Sixty (60) of
these are ‘cannabinoids’ which are produced inside the body
when metabolized. These cannabinoids are ‘psychoactive’, the most potent being ‘tetrahydrocanibol’ (THC). Once in the lungs, THC
quickly enters the bloodstream where it is transported throughout the body,
attaching to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Certain areas have these
receptors, others have few or none. Those with the highest density of receptors
are areas involved in or influence ‘coordinated
movement’, ‘memory’, ‘concentration’, ‘perception’ (sensory & time),
‘pleasure’ & ‘thoughts’. The human brain makes its own
cannabinoids in the cerebral cortex as part of the regulation of
neurotransmission for cognitive stasis. Cannabinoids are steroids and are
necessary for a multitude of biochemical and neurological functions. These
functions are seriously affected by the smoking or ingestion of THC. Long term
use and abuse can lead to permanent abnormalities & withdrawal can result in
serious adverse effects. In more recent times, researchers have uncovered a
neurotransmitter called ‘Anandamide’ to whose receptors THC binds.
‘Anandamide’ is strongly linked with ‘working
memory’; with further studies suggesting influence in areas relating
to eating & sleeping and pain relief. Strangely, ‘chocolate’ has been connected to ‘anandamide’, in its contents and its effect on the
neurotransmitter, though it would take approximately 30kgs of
chocolate to produce any effect remotely similar to that of
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