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There are more fallacies surrounding marijuana than there are terminologies for it. Users believe it is a harmless herb and profess that it should be legalized. However, marijuana is a detrimental drug with adverse side effects.

THC  (Delta – 9 – tetrahydrocannabiol), the active chemical in Marijuana starves the brain of oxygen. The state of relaxation addicts think they’re feeling is merely their brain reacting to THC, the world slows down because perception is distorted while the brain fights for survival. THC ‘s assault on the brain‘s ability to access it’s limbic system causes loss of memory, hallucination and inability to equate a flowing thought process. The brain is in a stationary condition similar to that of a concussion. When faced with the conundrum of coping with life’s demands and responsibilities, an addict sinks into deep depression, as they cannot function within society. The paranoia and self-awareness felt by a marijuana smoker stems from their disorientation and lack of co-ordination. Instead of inhaling the joint, they may as well have smothered themselves with cling wrap or held their breath as though they were drowning … the effect on the brain would have presented the same result! A panic attack is exactly that! The mind and body is ravished by an onslaught of a poisonous substance which sends the heart rate fluttering and blood pressure rising as the heart cannot compensate or restore its rhythm

We are a trinity of mind, body and spirit each and every one of those faculties is absolutely necessary to sanity and functionality. Marijuana is known to have merely a psychological dependence, but that is a deceptive fallacy – Read all the side effects.

Because Marijuana is romanticized as a safe way of relaxing, many addicts don’t realize that it is the gateway to other narcotics … a foot in the door to a life of dependency!

To clarify a few facts: mixing or replacing one drug for another cannot sustain you. You may challenge and cheat the system, but you are only swindling yourself, because your charade is transparent. Dealers often wish for the monopoly of the drug trade, using tactics of adding traces of harder drugs into Marijuana and more easily into hashish because its consistency is already sticky: conjuring up a potion to lure an innocent marijuana user to support only them. The addict thinks this dealer peddles a special product when in fact they have consumed traces of highly addictive and hazardous narcotics as supplements to what they thought was just an herb. Marijuana not only makes you dumber the longer you use it, but it also leaves its signature on your face to the extent that it leaves you with the expression of a Neanderthal.

 

DESCRIPTION/OVERVIEW

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. A dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the plant Cannabis sativa, it usually is smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail), or in a pipe (bong). It also is smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug. It might also be mixed in food or brewed as a tea. As a more concentrated, resinous form it is called hashish and, as a sticky black liquid, hash oil. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor.


The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana.

 


STREET NAMES

Grass, pot, weed, bud, Mary Jane, dope, indo, hydro


SHORT-TERM EFFECTS

When marijuana is smoked, its effects begin immediately after the drug enters the brain and last from 1 to 3 hours. If marijuana is consumed in food or drink, the short-term effects begin more slowly, usually in 1/2 to 1 hour, and last longer, for as long as 4 hours. Smoking marijuana deposits several times more THC into the blood than does eating or drinking the drug.


Within a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke, an individual’s heart begins beating more rapidly, the bronchial passages relax and become enlarged, and blood vessels in the eyes expand, making the eyes look red. The heart rate, normally 70 to 80 beats per minute, may increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute or, in some cases, even double. This effect can be greater if other drugs are taken with marijuana.


As THC enters the brain, it causes a user to feel euphoric— or “high”—by acting in the brain’s reward system, areas of the brain that respond to stimuli such as food and drink as well as most drugs of abuse. THC activates the reward system in the same way that nearly all drugs of abuse do, by stimulating brain cells to release the chemical dopamine.
A marijuana user may experience pleasant sensations, colors and sounds may seem more intense, and time appears to pass very slowly. The user’s mouth feels dry, and he or she may suddenly become very hungry and thirsty. His or her hands may tremble and grow cold. The euphoria passes after awhile, and then the user may feel sleepy or depressed. Occasionally, marijuana use produces anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.


LONG-TERM EFFECTS

Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illnesses, a heightened risk of lung infections, and a greater tendency toward obstructed airways. Cancer of the respiratory tract and lungs may also be promoted by marijuana smoke. Marijuana has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke.
Marijuana's damage to short-term memory seems to occur because THC alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory formation. In one study, researchers compared marijuana smoking and nonsmoking 12th-graders' scores on standardized tests of verbal and mathematical skills. Although all of the students had scored equally well in 4th grade, those who were heavy marijuana smokers, i.e., those who used marijuana seven or more times per week, scored significantly lower in 12th grade than nonsmokers. Another study of 129 college students found that among heavy users of marijuana critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning were significantly impaired, even after they had not used the drug for at least 24 hours.

Click here to read DEA news releases involving marijuana>>


OTHER USEFUL LINKS

Stumbleweed Magazine
Publication: What Americans Need to Know About Marijuana
Exposing the Myth of Smoked Medical Marijuana
"Medical" Marijuana - The Facts
Open Letter to Parents About Marijuana
The DEA Position on Marijuana


SOURCES

1-2. National Institute on Drug Abuse, InfoFacts: Marijuana, April 2006
3. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Marijuana Street Terms
4-7. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series—Marijuana Abuse, July 2005
8-9. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series—Marijuana Abuse, October 2001.
10-14. National Drug Intelligence Center, National Drug Threat Assessment 2006.
15-16. National Institute on Drug Abuse and University of Michigan, Monitoring the Future 2005 Data From In-School Surveys of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-Grade Students, December 2005
17. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005, June 2006
18. Monitoring the Future, 2005. Supplemented by information from the Office of National Drug Control Policy press release on the 2005 MTF Survey, December 19, 2005
19. United States Sentencing Commission, 2005 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics, June 2006
20. The DEA Position on Marijuana. As of April 2006, the eleven states that have decriminalized certain marijuana use are Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. In addition, Maryland has enacted legislation that recognizes a "medical marijuana" defense
21. Supreme Court of The United States, Syllabus: United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative Et Al. (PDF), May 2001.
22. Join Together Online, Supreme Court Rules against Medical Marijuana, May 15, 2001
23. Drug Enforcement Administration, High Court Upholds Marijuana as Dangerous Drug, June 6, 2002

 

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