For years, many marijuana users have insisted that pot doesn’t have the type of adverse effects which are seen with other controlled substances, and there is a certain degree of truth to this. Certainly, marijuana doesn’t wreak havoc on the body in the same manner as crystal meth nor does it cause the same physical dependence as cocaine. However, continued pot research has shown a link between this substance and other undesirable, socially unacceptable behaviors.
Smoking Even Small Amounts of Marijuana Reduces Motivation
The lazy pot head is a stereotype that many people have of marijuana users, and research seems to confirm it. Smoking even small amounts of the substances makes one less inclined to work, particularly while high. Psychopharmacology was one of the first publications to demonstrate a correlation between marijuana usage and work habits, and the results seem to confirm what many have suspected all along, that chronic pot users are less inclined to work as hard as their peers who do not use the substance.
This research is important because it supports other studies which have found a link between heavy pot usage and problems with career or financial status during middle age. Students who smoke pot frequently were also found to perform worse than those who did not. Those who push for the legalization of marijuana often choose to ignore the very real dangers which are associated with this substance.
Marijuana is Anything But Harmless
It can be argued that pot is potentially more dangerous than drugs such as heroin because its effects are more subtle and harder to detect. The dangers of heroin, by contrast are obvious and well documented. This is why so many people in the U.S. are pushing for marijuana legalization while legalization for harder drugs is rightly ignored.
However, research has not only found a link between marijuana usage and reduced motivation to work, but it has also found a link between marijuana usage and memory or thinking problems. An individual who uses marijuana may experience mental deficiency for as long as 4 weeks after using the substance. This would explain the poor school performance that has been found in heavy pot users when compared to students that don’t smoke.
Marijuana Linked To Schizophrenia And Psychosis
Chronic marijuana users also display behaviors which are akin to both schizophrenia and psychosis. Experts believe that this is due to the fact that the potency of the marijuana smoked by users today is significantly higher than that of the weed smoked decades ago. The standard potency of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a key ingredient of marijuana, is 9 percent today, which is much higher than the weed consumed 20 years ago. However, certain variants of contemporary weed can reach THC levels which are as high twenty five percent. These variants are often produced hydroponically and are more costly than lower grad variants. The brain’s exposure to excessive levels of THC is believed by many experts to be one of the causes of poor cognitive performance among chronic smokers, which would adversely affect their social life and career.