It is the month of April yet again and with 4/20 right around the corner, you would be doing yourself a favor by educating yourself on the dangers of marijuana and its consumption.
Pot sales in Colorado have skyrocketed since the first recreational marijuana sales went live on January 1st of 2014. In 2015 alone Colorado’s licensed and regulated marijuana stores sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical cannabis with $35 million of that going toward school construction projects. This is money I’m sure we’d all rather go to the black market, right?
Don’t get sucked in by this terrible drug like so many others have. Just take a look at the research for yourself, there’s enough data here to make any sane person quit their marijuana habit now and forever:
It is among the most dangerous of drugs
It’s the deadliest drug around today
It has practically zero health benefits
Source: Various studies
It will undoubtedly make you more stupid
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
It will turn your brain into mush
Smoking weed will destroy any chances of being athletic
Smoking weed at parties will make you do things you’ll regret
Source: NYU Medical Center
People who smoke weed turn into highly dangerous people
It’s clearly time we put an end to this highly dangerous substance before things start getting out of hand. What do you think?
All sarcasm aside, smoking any substance is not particularly good for a person. If you are going to consume cannabis regularly, vaporizing it or eating edibles are the least harmful ways to ingest it.
Additionally, children and young adults who have not fully matured and developed yet are at a much higher risk for negative side effects of regular cannabis consumption.
One study that looked at a sample of 1,500 teenage boys at two different points in their lives, first at age 15 and then again at age 19, found that those who smoked pot and had genes that increased the risk of schizophrenia, had thinning in the cortex (the outer gray matter) of the brain, whereas those who did not smoke pot, but had the same genes, did not.
While research on the long-term effects of persistent marijuana usage is still limited and rather inconclusive, it should be well communicated and understood that the abuse of any substance is going to have negative consequences for an individual. This ranges from hardcore drugs like heroin to simple drugs we enjoy every day, like sugar.
Marijuana certainly isn’t the most dangerous substance you can consume, but don’t let it control your life either.