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Is Marijuana Really That Bad For You?

When I originally started the research for this editorial I had the title of “The top 10 reasons to not smoke marijuana” in mind. However the more I researched, the more I realized that I would be hard pressed to find only 5 reasons to avoid marijuana and therefore surprisingly enough had to change the title to what it is now. I was especially surprised to learn that specific areas where I was “certain” that marijuana was bad for you, like pregnancy, were also misconceptions. Therefore we will cover the five major concerns with marijuana and the truth about its negative or not so negative effects on you.

– Addictive

I remember as a teenager smoking pot, I learned to create reasons to justify my habit. Reasons like “it’s not addictive”, “you never hear of a pothead beating up his wife or kids, unlike an alcoholic”,”$50 bag of weed will last you all week, and you can drop twice that or more in one night at the bar”, and others. However the fact remains that although research proves that marijuana is not physically addictive, it is very addictive mentally. We begin to crave the euphoria of marijuana and what starts out as a once a week thing becomes a once a day thing, in the evenings after work; to potentially lead to an all day thing, including going to work or school stoned.

This is not something that all marijuana smokers do, but it is very common. If you are confused about the difference between physical and mental addiction let me compare it to something more easier to understand. Take your own “addiction” such as a favorite video game (World of Warcraft), game system (PS3 or Xbox), TV show (American Idol, football), shopping, or other favorite activity that if you could be paid for doing then you would be in absolute heaven. Now imagine that you are barred from ever doing it again. That feeling that you are feeling is what marijuana addiction feels like when someone is trying to quit. You know you can do it, but you really, really, REALLY don’t want to.

– Physical limitations cbd öl berlin

First of all the obvious stuff. If you drive while stoned you are more likely to cause a wreck then even drunk. You will get a DUI if pulled over. It is very dangerous so don’t do it. Work where physical labor or operating machinery is involved is also something to be avoided especially if you work in dangerous conditions. Your speech is also affected. You talk slower. You take longer to think of a response. Your responses are sometimes, not to be offensive, stupid. Therefore if you are going to be giving a presentation in front of the whole class or you have a customer service job, then smoking weed before such an activity is a really bad idea. Before you do decide to smoke weed, you should consider the implications that you are likely to encounter; if you wouldn’t get drunk before going to work, then you shouldn’t smoke weed before work either.

– Sexual function

Sexual function is probably the most widely known reason why weed “should” be avoided and per research is the most true. Research proves that while stoned and up to 3 days after your last intake of marijuana your ability to get an erection is significantly reduced. Then, even if you can get it up, your ability to keep it hard is also greatly reduced. This can lead to an embarrassing situation, obviously. There is some concern that perhaps there are long term effects associated with long term marijuana use, however all research studies so far have shown that after 15 to 30 days of the last intake of marijuana, sexual function is restored to that of prior to marijuana use, even in long term users. There is also some evidence that shows male enhancement, whether it be exercises or pills reduces some of the dysfunction, however there have yet to be formal studies done on this.

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