I used to have SVT, which is a form of tacycardia. Its a condition where teh heart gets stuck on a loop and continuously cycles itsself.
Theres a technique someone came up with to make it go away.. Basicly you take a deep breath, and contract your diazaphram really hard and kinda make a grunting noise. Its a little strange, but it works.
One technique I developed myself and it seemed to be more effective then the one that my doctor showed me was to jsut hold my breath. As soon as the heart started its abnormal rhythm, take a huge deep breath, and just hold it for as long as you can.
Apparently SVT is a very common thing.. like 1 in 20 people or something.
It never was life threatening for me. It almost always went away within 2 or 3 minutes, and really didnt do anything besides kinda scare the shit out of me when I was 12.
SVT = Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia... It's where the top half of your heart beats rapidly, while the lower half of your heart maintains normal rhythm. It is fairly common, but can be life threatening. Your AV node typically prevents the electrical pulses from traveling from your Atria to your Ventricles during an episode of SVT. Sometimes the node can fail, and this can cause Ventricular Tachycardia, which can cause Ventricular Fibrillation - which is always fatal if not treated immediately.
I'd just like to point out that all the most recent studies done on marijuana and lung cancer are showing that theres no connection to marijuana smokers having an increased risk of getting lung cancer. However the combination of cigerettes and marijuana greatly increases the chances of getting lung cancer. Recent studies have shown that some of the chemicals in marijuana may even help someone from getting lung cancer. Just thought i'd through that out there.
About the mental health thing, maybe marijuana might cause mental problems for some smokers but I've been smoking marijuana for 14 years now and I dont have any mental conditions because of it, I also have never meet someone who got a mental illness from smoking weed. I think the whole mental illness thing is just propaganda from the government to make weed look bad. I have however seen people with mental illnesses like bi-polar and it got worse when they smoked marijuana
People who smoke both tobacco and MJ are shown to have longer life expectancies than someone who smokes tobacco alone. There are several chemicals in MJ that prevent cancer cells from forming.
Also, MJ can trigger mental healthy problems in people who already have them underlying. It doesn't cause the illness - just brings the already existing illness to the surface. MJ has been shown to treat disorders like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
My question is HOW it increases heart rate. I know that the THC does, but what exactly is it doing in the body that makes the heart rate increase?
It increases your heart rate only in lower doses. It does this by causing your Autonomic Nervous System to send out an increased amount of Sympathetic Tone. In higher quantities, it causes your ANS to send out more Parasymthetic Tone (aka Vagal Tone) - which causes your heart rate to slow down.
I know this guy probably doesn't come here anymore but that is 100% WRONG!!
Marijuana does NOT cause heart disease, cancer of any type or mental health disorder.
Nor does it kill brain cells or cause death.
Sorry to break it to you, but that isn't very accurate. You can't OD on MJ - but it very well CAN kill you if you have certain heart problems (certain valve problems, rhythm problems, or congestive heart failure)... There are several well documented cases of people with Long QT Syndrome dying while in the act of smoking MJ.