Marijuana is a close relative of the Hemp plant. What distinguishes it from the hemp plant is the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound. Cannabis also contains cannabinoids which lead to euphoric and psychoactive effects. Mostly marijuana is generally used via smoking although it is also possible to eat and add to drinks.
The effects of marijuana depend on a number of factors including ones personal heath, gender and the type of marijuana that is being consumed. Below are some of the facts about marijuana;
1.Marijuana can speed up your heart rate and increase your blood pressure. This puts an additional strain on your heart making it bad for people especially with heart conditions.
2.THC compound is the chemical responsible for the vast majority of weed's psychoactive effects.
3.Research shows that long-term marijuana users experience cognitive effects such as memory deficits, lack of motivation, and decreased learning ability.
4.Onset of effects is felt within minutes when smoked and the effects last for about two to six hours depending on the amount used.
5.Some other long-term effects include shortness of breath, trouble exercising, and other respiratory diseases which may cause death in the future.
6.Marijuana is also used for other purposes such as in manufacture of hair creams. The cannabinoids(CBD) nourishes the scalp and strengthens hair, thereby encouraging hair growth.
In conclusion, anyone who is considering use of cannabis for any purpose should first check whether it is legal to use it in their state. In Kenya, the usage or sell of marijuana is illegal.