The Dangers of Marijuana
Marijuana is a drug that has been used for centuries. It was used by the ancient Egyptians and has been found in Chinese medical texts dating back to the first century. Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for millennia. However, it is only in the last few decades that its use has become widespread.
Short-term effects of marijuana
Marijuana use can result in a number of short-term effects. These effects can vary depending on the person and the method of use.
Some of the most common short-term effects include:
- Increased heart rate
- Problems with coordination and balance
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Slowed reaction time
Long-term effects of marijuana
Numerous studies have found evidence of a connection between chronic marijuana use and mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and even psychosis.
In one study, researchers followed up with more than 50,000 adults in the United States who were taking part in a national health survey. They found that those who reported smoking marijuana daily for about five years were about three times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than those who never smoked it.
People who started smoking marijuana as adolescents and continued into adulthood were also more likely to develop psychotic symptoms. The risk was even higher for those who used high-potency marijuana, which has higher levels of THC.
Other research has found that people who use marijuana are more likely to develop depressive symptoms, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. A large systematic review of data from over 24,000 people found that those who used marijuana were more than twice as likely to develop depression as those who never smoked it.
While the evidence is far from conclusive, it’s clear that there is a link between chronic marijuana use and mental health problems. If you’re struggling with mental health issues, it’s important to talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options. This includes whether or not you should avoid using marijuana.
Marijuana and Christians
Many Christians view marijuana as a sin because it is often associated with illegal drug use. However, there are some Christians who believe that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes. There are also some Christians who believe that marijuana should be legal for recreational use.
What the Bible says about marijuana
The Bible does not explicitly mention marijuana, but it does speak to the issue of drug use in general. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon warns his son about the dangers of being around people who are intoxicated: “Do not associate with drunkards or gluttons, for they will drag you down to their level.” (Proverbs 23:20-21) The book of Romans instructs Christians to “not be conformed to this world,” and that includes abstaining from “the lust of the flesh.” (Romans 12:2) Some interpret this to mean that Christians should abstain from all intoxicating substances, including marijuana.
While the Bible doesn’t explicitly mention marijuana, it does speak to the issue of drug use in general. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon warns his son about the dangers of being around people who are intoxicated: “Do not associate with drunkards or gluttons, for they will drag you down to their level.” (Proverbs 23:20-21) The book of Romans instructs Christians to “not be conformed to this world,” and that includes abstaining from “the lust of the flesh.” (Romans 12:2) Some interpret this to mean that Christians should abstain from all intoxicating substances, including marijuana.
While there isn’t a clear cut answer from Scripture on whether or not Christians should use marijuana, we can see that God is concerned with our spiritual health and well-being. He wants us to be set apart from the world, and living a life that is pleasing to Him.
Christians who oppose marijuana
Marijuana and Christians is a controversial topic with strong opinions on both sides. Some Christians argue that marijuana should be legal for medicinal purposes, while other Christians oppose any use of marijuana.
There are a few key arguments that Christians who oppose marijuana use put forth. Firstly, they believe that marijuana is a gateway drug that can lead to the use of more harmful drugs. They also argue that marijuana impairs judgment and can lead to risky behaviors such as unprotected sex or driving while under the influence. Additionally, some Christians believe that marijuana is addictive and can lead to substance abuse.
Christians who support marijuana
While most Christians believe that marijuana use is a sin, there are a small but growing number of Christians who believe that marijuana can be used responsibly and support its legalization.
Some Christians believe that marijuana should be legalized in order to end the War on Drugs, which they believe is ineffective and disproportionately punishes minority communities. Others believe that marijuana has medicinal benefits and should be legal for medical use. Some Christians who support marijuana also argue that the Bible does not explicitly forbid its use.
There are a variety of Christian organizations that support marijuana, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). While most major Christian denominations do not yet support marijuana legalization, some individual churches have come out in favor of it, including the Unitarian Universalist Church and the Metropolitan Community Church.