In recent posts, I’ve discussed weed and it’s positive aspects with mostly health-related issues. As marijuana is becoming legally recreational in various states though, I feel it’s a good time to discuss smoking weed for fun.
I think it’s safe to say that most Americans have or will smoke at least once in their lifetime for the sole reason of having a good time; I know I do it. It’s a very multi-purpose herb. In fact, when used recreationally it’s basically the equivalent of having a drink. Except marijuana isn’t lethal if misused.
Just like alcohol, when used recreationally weed brings on a euphoric feeling – sometimes giddiness and relaxation, too. On the downside, both can also cause altered perceptions of time, nausea, and coordination issues. Both are substances that can be very intoxicating if used in excess, and sometimes with negative consequences in the short-term, according to healthline.
As for the long-term, research shows a significantly larger amount of health complications with regular alcohol use over the continued usage of marijuana.
The CDC listed some of the long-term effects associated with alcohol as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, various cancers, learning and memory issues, and alcohol dependency. Marijuana’s long-term effects consist of memory issues and possible schizophrenia symptoms for those who have a history of the disease in their family.
Both of the substances have the power to create an atmosphere of fun and excitement, and both have the power to make people sick – alcohol more so than weed.
I am neither advocating for people to smoke more, nor am I denouncing alcohol. I simply wish for people who hold only negative thoughts about the herb to view it a little less harshly; if alcohol is legal for recreational use with so many side effects, then shouldn’t marijuana be legal nationally as well?