Illegal Drug Use – MARIJUANA

Consciousness seems to be one of the least understood things in science. Consciousness could be considered the most significant aspect of human behaviour but scientist or psychologists only seem to assume with a lot of bias. For sure, we know that consciousness is a state of awareness, giving control over ones reasoning and thoughts as to how “they” influence their “own” actions.

Hedonism is a doctrine that insinuates that pleasure and happiness are the main purpose of life. The fight for a feeling of pleasure and comfort tends to trump one’s effort to remain conscious.

Most people these days with the help of recreational drugs alter their consciousness for pleasure and satisfaction with a heightened euphoria. This is usually to do away with stress, loneliness, broken hearts, abuse and poverty.

It is very true that various recreational drugs like marijuana could treat certain conditions by acting as anti-psychotic drugs. Some side effects include alterations in mood, cognitive behaviours and consciousness.

Nevertheless, substances that induces the reward and positive centres in the brain have a very great potential to induce addiction, which makes these substances susceptible for abuse. Paracelsus, the father of toxicology said, “Dose makes the poison.


Short term effects of marijuana include anxiety, panic, loss of short term memory when intoxicated, as well as impaired attention. Short term effects can lead to temporal disintegration.

Long term effects of marijuana increases the risk for developing lung infections, cardiovascular problems, psychosis and even teratogenicity (abnormal formation of foetus in the womb) in pregnant women.

There is really no concrete evidence between marijuana use and the development of COPD but marijuana smoke contains about 50 known carcinogens that can induce inflammation or alter genes, leading to cancer. Generally, there are very low risks of developing cancers with marijuana use when compared to cigarette smoking.