Ganja: the scientific facts
Me again, and I continue on the effects of marijuana on the body. As you may have realised, my intention is not to show how bad or good ganja is or can be be, but to place the known facts, not anecdotal, but scientific facts about ganja.
As far as I am concerned marijuana is another plant that has pharmacological activity. What man does with this activity, will be down to the nature of mankind. We are inquisitive by nature and man will seek to find out why, what or how, that’s just us.
We concentrate on what pleasure can be derived from doing something and stick with it. So some will get that pleasure from smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, pornography, exercise, sports, going to church, praising God, singing dub, singing hymns in fact whatever “makes us happy” will be pursued by us.
Because this is my article, I can give my opinion about some things, so here goes. I believe that man was created by God, and that man has within him an innate desire to seek, praise and acknowledge that God.
But because of the freedom of choice given by God to His creation, we have been manipulated by Satan to “go for it” and create other avenues or focal points for this yearning, so man will abuse what has been placed at his disposal by God.
Accordingly, we will create gods for our worship, such as objects, etc.
So getting back to the topic at hand, I have decided to explain some of the effects of marijuana use.
It has been noticed that marijuana use can cause hunger or the munchies. Research is ongoing on whether this is really so and if so, why.
My research led me to the morphology of the brain, and what really happens when someone uses marijuana.
We contain within our bodies certain specialised proteins called cannabinoid receptors. The best-known cannabinoid is delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.
We also produce cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids for short, which work like neurotransmitters and are produced as part of the built-in apparatus by which other parts of the body inform the brain that it’s lunchtime. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are abundant in the hypothalamus, the region of the brain that plays an important role in appetite regulation. In 1992 researchers identified the first endocannabinoid and named it anandamide, from the Sanskrit ananda, meaning inner bliss. In other words, when you smoke marijuana, you’re replicating (although with much greater intensity) an effect the body produces naturally for itself.
Hunger regulation isn’t the only thing endocannabinoids do for the body. Though their action is still imperfectly understood, a 1998 research paper suggests that they help you “feel less pain, control your movement, relax, eat, forget, sleep and protect” yourself against stress. In fact, some scientists think they’re an important part of the body’s general stress-recovery system.
Marijuana reduces pressure in the eyes and subsequently causes an increase in blood flow. When this happens, the arteries in the eye-ball expand. These arteries, especially when expanded, are visible in the white portion of the eye and make the eye appear “bloodshot” or red. This is why marijuana has been used to treat glaucoma.
Heavy users of marijuana complain of toothache, and studies are ongoing to discover whether it is coincidental or the effects of marijuana on the enamel of teeth. Smoking in itself may be the issue as the teeth come in contact with the cigarette or spliff and that may affect the enamel in some way. Another idea is that marijuana actually intensifies pain, rather than dull it as would be expected.
My editor awaits, so more to come next week.