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The most commonly known soft drug is marijuana, which is a preparation of the cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Despite its potential therapeutic effects, un-supervised, non-medical use of marijuana causes potential damage to the brain, lungs and other parts of the body, as well as social and financial problems of the consumer.
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Soft Drugs: getting informed
Soft drugs are a kind of drugs act on nerve system and carry less serious risks than the hard drugs. The examples of soft drugs are cannabis products (hash and marijuana) and sleeping pills and sedatives such as Valium and Seresta. Since cannabis products are the most commonly known soft drug, we will focus on them during the discussion.
Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in appetite. Pharmacologically, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids.
In your brain, there are groups of cannabinoid receptors concentrated in several different places. These brain areas are involved in memory (the hippocampus), concentration (cerebral cortex), perception (sensory portions of the cerebral cortex) and movement (the cerebellum, substantia nigra, globus pallidus). The brain produces a kind of neurotransmitter called anandamide. Anandamide belongs to a group of chemicals called cannabinoids. Anandamide regulates the function of these parts of the brain. However, THC is also a cannabinoid chemical. THC mimics the actions of Anandamide, meaning that THC binds with cannabinoid receptors and activates neurons, which causes adverse effects on the mind and body.
When THC activates cannabinoid receptors, it interfers with the normal functioning of these brain areas. In low to medium doses, marijuana causes:
- reduced coordination
- reduced blood pressure
- disruption in attention
- an altered sense of time and space
In high doses, marijuana can cause:
- impaired memory
In addition to the brain, the side effects of marijuana reach many other parts of the body. Marijuana is filled with hundreds of chemicals, and when it is burned; hundreds of additional compounds are produced. When marijuana is inhaled or ingested in some other form, several short-term effects occur.
Marijuana smokers are susceptible to the same health problems as tobacco smokers, such as:
- Bronchial asthma
Other effects include dry mouth, red eyes, impaired motor skills and impaired concentration. Long-term use of the drug can increase the risk of damaging the lungs and reproductive system, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). It has also been linked to heart attacks.
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