The use of marijuana is slowly taking its place in the mainstream of society.
Many jurisdictions around the world are now making this long-misunderstood product legal. This permission is based on research findings showing cannabis as a mild drug whose effects could be milder than alcohol.
The impact of marijuana on users, however, varies on a person to person basis. These effects may be positive or negative, based on how the individual uses weed.
The Future Weed Smoker Study
Americanmarijuana.org, one of the premier sources of information on cannabis, analyzed these two possible outcomes in a study dubbed ‘Future Weed Smoker.' This study examined the potential consequences of a person who smokes weed heavily for ten years and of another one who smokes in moderations over the same period.
These two characters are referred to in the study as Smoking Jason for the moderate user, and comically, Always-Toking Jason.
Lifestyle Makes all The Difference
Smoking Jason has maintained a healthy lifestyle through the ten years of smoking. He smokes in moderation, and he allows his body time to recover before the next session. This is opposed to Always-Toking Jason, who isn't careful about his health. The second Jason is a heavy smoker who doesn't allow himself to recover in between smoking sessions. Ultimately, the moderate smoker enjoys many health benefits of marijuana while the heavy user endures the adverse effects.
The difference between the person who is negatively affected, and one who enjoys the benefits of marijuana is the different health choices that they make—the study advises a marijuana user to eat healthy, exercise and smoke in moderation.
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According to the survey, many of the effects of marijuana can be reversed once the user reduces usage, but some, especially the physical ones, are irreversible. The reversal of impact happens when a user takes up the healthy choices mentioned above.
Americanmarijuana.org reviewed the different effects that marijuana has on the various aspects of the user’s health for two individuals, and they found out the following.
A Heavy User vs. Moderate User Over Ten Years
A massive marijuana smoker over ten years will have poor eyesight and bloodshot eyes because marijuana continually dilates and eventually destroys blood capillaries in the eyes. This is unlike the moderate user who allows their dilated capillaries to recover before smoking again, and this keeps the eyes from sustaining permanent damage.
The moderate use of weed also reduces intraocular pressure, which helps in the management of glaucoma. In this way, it helps to improve the user's intraocular pressure.
When used well, weed reduces inflammation, and it helps in the management of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, among others. The user thus ends up with healthy skin in the long run. A heavy user will have aged beyond his time in ten years due to reduced collagen and inhibited blood flow in the skin.
Always-Toking Jason's lungs will consistently be exposed to carcinogens and smoke making them less elastic, but Smoking Jason's lungs will remain healthy in ten years. They may even breathe better because marijuana dilates airways.
Other adverse effects of marijuana when smoked excessively include poor health because marijuana smoke destroys gums and teeth.
Moderate use reduces the harmful effects of weed on oral health while proper oral hygiene reverses any adverse effects it may have caused. The average user, therefore, still enjoys full use of their teeth.
Marijuana may make a person feel relaxed, and if it is used consistently in large amounts, the feeling can translate to indolence. This makes the user shun exercises, which, coupled with increased appetite, usually leads to obesity. With this information, every marijuana user can investigate their future and see what is in store. They can easily change the path if they don’t like what they see down the road.
Author's Bio: Dwight K. Blake
Dwight K Blake was a Mental Health counselor at Long Island Psychotherapy & Counseling in Westbury, New York for more than 15 years. He believes that CBD is the prime solution to this mental illness and more– with proper research, medical acknowledgment, and application. Through his work at AmericanMarijuana, together with the rest of the team, he wishes to provide everyone with genuine results and high-quality product reviews for everyone to enjoy for free.