Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs in the United States. With the big push towards legalization in more and more states, there is a lot of support for marijuana. But, what does the drug really do to your body? Here are just a few of the many health effects of weed.
Increased Risk of Testicular Cancer
Research indicates that men who smoke weed have an increased risk of testicular cancer. In the study, men who had testicular cancer were more likely to be marijuana users.
It Can Make You Lose Sense of Time
Many people that use marijuana report feeling like time is passing either too fast or too slow. Their perception is accurate. Marijuana acts on the cerebellum, which plays a role in how we sense time.
Messes with Your Balance
Many people are not aware that weed can throw off your balance. It acts on your basal ganglia and cerebellum both of which regulate coordination and balance.
Damages Blood Vessels
Marijuana smoke can have a major impact on blood vessels, according to the American Heart Association. There is a correlation between blood vessel damage and marijuana smoke. The damage was seen in secondhand smoke, as well.
Increases Your Heart Rate
Marijuana can increase your heart rate for up to three hours after smoking. According to WebMD, it increases your heart rate by as much as two times its current rate. This might explain why some people have a heart attack after smoking pot.