Marijuana smoking is prevalent across the world, irrespective of age brackets. It is seen as spiritual as well as medicinal. Marijuana is one of mankind’s oldest grasses, dating back to 12, 000 years in Southern Siberia. Its potential dangers are as obvious as the good it holds for mankind, though the latter statistics are low compared to the former. Most humans, it would seem, enjoy losing their faculties in parties, on a night out or even while walking. However, burning the grass could carry more danger than the good you think it does for you.
An early way to the grave?
As far as overdoses go, while 10 times the normal amount of liquor can cause one, DrugAbuse.com estimates that you would “have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana.” While this is a benefit for those who smoke limited joints per day, addiction is another danger of the grass. There’s some controversy about whether marijuana is addictive in the first place. The NIH estimates that about 9% of smokers develop a level of dependence, though that’s not the same as addiction – it’s somewhere between addiction and a bad habit. As far as withdrawal symptoms go, quitting grass apparently does not trigger them, though quitting alcohol does.
Besides that, with grass, research suggests that people who smoke early in life are more likely to develop learning deficits. Likewise, it may be that serious smoking can result in psychosis and other mental problems later on. The largest controlled study ever done on marijuana and cancer found that not only is there no link between smoking grass and getting cancer, it may actually result in a reduced chance of being stricken by the deadly condition.