Health Effects of Ingesting Marijuana versus Smoking Marijuana

Marijuana is being studied because of its potential to cure chronic pain and other serious health problems. However, it is still a controversial subject due to other reported side-effects of inducing the drug. According to studies, among recreational substances, marijuana is said to be the safest out there. Although this is backed up by scientific research, the use of marijuana still has serious health issues to the user.

Marijuana can be taken in by smoking or by ingesting. Some people like to smoke it (rolled joint, using a bong or pipe) while some eat baked products with marijuana mixed in it. In a recreational context, studies show that both have serious health effects to the user.

Smoking Marijuana

Smoking marijuana is found to affect the immune system, respiratory system, mental health, brain function, and memory. Smoking marijuana damages the lungs much like how cigarettes damage the respiratory system. The smoke in marijuana is also found to have 4 times more tar and the same toxins that cigarettes have increasing the lungs exposure to toxins by 4. It weakens the immune system that making one prone to more diseases.

Studies suggested that smoking marijuana leads to mental disorders like panic attacks, flashbacks, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, depersonalization, and uncontrollable aggressiveness. It is also found to trigger illness like bipolar, psychosis, and schizophrenia. Short-term use of the drug is found to impair judgement, thinking, memory, and learning.

Ingesting Marijuana

The most common way of ingesting marijuana is by mixing it with baking products and eating the baked goods. Through ingestion, THC is rapidly digested and distributed to the liver, lungs, spleen, and adipose tissues. This will then be absorbed into the blood stream.

Sometimes, it is hard to tell if the cookie or brownie that you are eating contains marijuana. Reports show incidents where people had brownies and cookies without knowing caused them side-effects similar to that of smoking marijuana. They reported fatigue, ataxia, dizziness, and drowsiness. There are also incidents of children accidentally ingesting marijuana. Reports said that these kids felt nauseated after 30 minutes of eating cookies. Accidental ingestion also led to coma in children.

It is evident that smoking and ingesting marijuana has serious health effects. By smoking, it harms our body by impairing bodily functions. Through ingesting, it does the same thing but it poses more threat because it is easier to distribute and can be easily induced by anyone, no matter what age.

Lena Butler

My name is Lena Butler. I live in San Diego, California. I work as a customer service representative for I attended the University of San Diego and majored in marketing. I enjoy spending time at home, working on my painting and playing with my two pet rabbits, Carl and Lenny, when I am not here sharing interesting posts :)

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