Marijuana and health


Infographic: Richard Martinez/Iowa State Daily

While marijuana users face similar health problems as tobacco users, research has found significant negative health impacts in using high doses of marijuana. Aside from mental health complications, other serious physical complications in the long term include possible sterility in men and interference with the menstrual cycle in women.

Hannah Marsh

Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the United States.

According to a study by the University of Michigan, one out of every 20 college students use marijuana on a day-to-day basis.

“Students think that it’s harmless, when in reality, marijuana can have a large negative impact on several areas of the body,” said Tammy Frederick, certified substance abuse counselor. 

However, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) website, they believe that the effects of marijuana usage are mostly positive and can even help patients with serious illnesses, such as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

“… Traditional medications do not provide symptomatic relief as effectively as medicinal cannabis,” the NORML website stated.

So who is right?

The benefits and risks of marijuana are continuing to be weighed throughout the country as states debate whether or not to jump on board with the legalization of the drug. To every positive side, however, there tends to be a negative angle, therefore keeping marijuana usage on the list of controversial topics.

The controversial topic has turned to a personal decision based on experience and knowledge.