Smoking marijuana heavily has significant long-term negative effects the body. Most of these negative physical effects are caused from inhalation of marijuana smoke. The inhaled marijuana smoke can stain your hands, stain your teeth, and cause problems with your gums. The lungs and respiratory system suffer the most from frequent marijuana abuse. The good news is that you body begins to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking pot.
Smoking Marijuana is very hard on the respiratory system. People who smoke marijuana frequently get sick more frequently than non smokers. They also miss more days of work due to being sick. It also takes longer to recover from colds if you are a daily smoker. The weed smoker cough can be pretty embarrassing. Imagine what your lungs look like after smoking several times per day. The great news is that once you stop smoking, the lungs immediately go to work to start repair themselves. Long-term smokers, notice an improvement within weeks of quitting. Personally, my respiratory system has improved greatly since quitting marijuana. I used to wake up in the morning with a cold or a stuffed nose every single day. The mucus from my nostrils, used to be a dark color, and was much thicker than now. The effects on the respiratory system alone are reason enough to stop smoking pot.
Heavy marijuana use affects the skin. You have seen the skin of longtime cigarette smokers. It looks like leather. The skin of long-term marijuana smokers isn’t much different. Many people lose the bags under their eyes, and have a healthier skin tone after quitting.
Marijuana abuse can change the hormonal balance in the body. Numerous studies have shown that smoking marijuana regularly can lead to a decrease in the production of sperm as well as lazy sperm that are less likely to fertilize an egg. Sperm and heavy marijuana users is also more frequently deformed than non-users. There is also a link between heavy marijuana use and gynecomastia or man boobs.
We don’t know how bad the it is! Many of the tests performed to determine the toxicity of marijuana were performed years ago and were politically motivated to prove pot was harmful. There is not much literature regarding long term chronic marijuana use and its effects on the body. As marijuana becomes a more commercialized crop, we are more likely to inhale chemicals, plant hormones, or other toxic substances used to help marijuana grow. I don’t feel like smoking fertilizer, do you?
by John A Mckee