Monday, April 21, 2014

Blog #10: The negative Effects of Pot

There has been a lot of debate about whether or not marijuana is harmful to the human body or not. And although a lot of data has gone back and forth between whether not pot is actually harmful, recent data has shown that using pot one to seven times a week can actually have very harmful effects. It most strongly affects individuals from the ages 18-24. The areas of an individual’s brain who is between the ages of 18-24 that are most harmed are those relating to emotion and motivation. The effects of marijuana have also been found to show their effects later rather than sooner. In other words, individuals who smoke a lot of pot will not see the negative effects of pot until later in their life.


People who smoke pot on a regular basis will likely see the results later in life. Most people think that they must be heavy smokers for it to truly have a negative effect, but just smoking one to seven blunts a week will result in brain damage. Researchers in the article found that smoking pot damages the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, which are two areas on the brain that are highly responsible for helping regulate the emotions and motivations of individuals. Researchers also found that when these areas of the brain are damaged, it results in a person without life goals. Therefore not only does pot lead to health risks by damaging the brain, it can affect the rest of an individual’s life as far as what jobs they choose, whether or not they go to school and, and other important life goals as well.  In conclusion, researchers found that pot has an overall negative effect on the health and external life issues of any individual who smokes pot on a regular basis.


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