Gateway Treatment Center’s Marijuana Series Continues

marijuana facts, gateway treatment centersHow Marijuana Works

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has what are called psychoactive chemicals, the main one being ‘tetrahydrocannabinol’ or THC for short. When you smoke marijuana, the THC goes into your lungs and then into your heart, which pumps it into your bloodstream and then takes it directly to your brain. When marijuana is smoked, it only takes a few minutes for the THC to get to the brain, whereas if it is eaten, it would take a little longer because it first has to pass through the digestive system.

Once it’s in your brain, the THC activates what are called ‘receptors,’ and gives you the feeling of being high. In short, marijuana changes the physical and chemical balance in your brain and this is what people refer to as a ‘high.’

7 Reasons to Wise Up About Marijuana

  1. Extended, frequent use of marijuana can result in addiction; when marijuana use stops, a person dependent on marijuana will experience withdrawal and craving symptoms, which are at the root of addictive disorders.
  2. Marijuana is particularly harmful to the still developing brains of young people. It is connected to changes in adolescent brain development resulting in learning, memory problems and IQ loss.
  3.  Marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.
  4.  Marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis.
  5.  Marijuana use may cause bronchitis and lung complications.
  6.  Smoking marijuana can damage the brain of a developing embryo as early as two weeks after conception.
  7.  Marijuana is particularly dangerous for recovering alcoholics and addicts and can lead to relapse into one’s primary addictive substance.

If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, as well as concerns with mental well-being, Gateway Treatment Centers can help. To arrange a free, confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

 

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