When a person smokes marijuana, the THC in the drug is quickly passed from their lungs into their bloodstream. The bloodstream then carries the chemical to the user’s brain and other organs in their body. If the marijuana user takes the drug in their food or drink their body will ingest it more slowly than when the drug is smoked.
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No matter how the user ingests marijuana, the THC in the drug acts upon specific molecular targets on brain cells. These brain cells are called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are ordinarily activated by chemicals similar to THC called endocannabinoids, e.g. anandamide. These chemicals are naturally occurring in the user’s body and are part of their neural communication network (the endocannabinoid system). The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in normal brain development and function.
The largest number of cannabinoid receptors is located in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. When the user smokes (or eats/drinks) marijuana the drug proceeds to cause their endocannabinoid system to become over active. The high the user experiences when they use marijuana is caused by their endocannabinoid system being over-activated. Common sensations brought on by using marijuana include distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory.
We here at Lonestar Victory Ranch want to share with you that there are 400 chemicals in marijuana smoke, 60 of which are known to cause cancer. So the answer to the question, “Is marijuana really that bad for me?” is yes, marijuana is really bad for you. When you smoke pot the chemicals can remain in your body for months or even years after depending on how much and how often you light up. Additionally, the active chemical in marijuana, THC is a “neurotoxin” meaning that it is poisonous and causes nerve damage.
So what really happens when you smoke a joint? Well, two specific things take place:
1) You almost immediately burn up a great deal of necessary vitamins and minerals in your body.
2) Your nervous system changes and the nerves in your body go numb.
Each time you consecutively smoke marijuana to get “high” you will find that you just aren’t able to get that feeling you did before and each time you comedown you feel a little worse. This is because as you are using the drug you are burning up those necessary vitamins and without them your body doesn’t function as it once did. With repeated use you may find that you don’t just want to smoke pot, you feel you NEED to smoke it to get rid of the discomfort and pain brought on by your vitamin deficiencies.
Lonestar Victory Ranch is a holistic based drug rehab program where people suffering from marijuana abuse or addiction can get help. We also treat all other types of addictions such as meth, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, etc. We do not use any drug substitution therapy for our clients because getting them off of one substance just to become dependent and controlled by another is not true addiction rehabilitation. Our clients take a specific combination of vitamin and mineral supplements to help replace the ones they have lost during their time abusing marijuana or other drugs. It is amazing to see the difference in these clients after just a week of being off marijuana and giving their body the necessary supplements, healthy food and plenty of rest it has been missing.