The negative effects of Marijuana.

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Warning: naughty language ahead.

The negative effects of Marijuana:

 

But seriously, there are negative effects, right?

According to anti-cannabis organizations (listed below):

-memory problems
-trouble with problem solving
-coughing and breathing trouble
-impaired coordination
-loss of motivation and behavioral problems
-a developed dependency on the drug
-anxiety
-insomnia
-irritability
-panic attacks
-depression
-schizophrenia
-cancer risks (mainly lung)
-Not to mention the amount of money spent on marijuana
-Don’t forget memory problems

Rather biased Sources: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, The National Women’s Health Information Center and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Two informed comments via Reddit: “Psychotic breaks happen, but as long as you use it in moderation, you shouldn’t experience one. Cannabis can also can precipitate or exacerbate latent or existing mental disorders, so if you have a family history of mental disorders, you should stay away from cannabis.”

But is smoking bad for our lungs? Surprisingly: “Regarding respiratory issues, that’s a double edged blade. Cannabis is a bronchodilator, which means it opens the airway and reduces resistance which is amazing when you suffer from asthma like myself. I can truly say that in the year and a half I’ve smoked I have not had a single asthma flair up. That’s anecdotal of course…

[This] site has links/references for each claim made.

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/747982_3

In summary, there is currently no convincing evidence that smoking cannabis causes airflow obstruction. This may be surprising and appears to conflict with the consistent evidence for increased resistance to airflow in the large airways. In addition to the studies reported previously, four other studies have found that cannabis smokers have increased levels of airway Raw and/or lower levels of SGaw than nonusers or tobacco smokers.[11,18,20,21] These findings suggest that cannabis has significant effects on large airway function associated with bronchitis and mucous production, which are greater than those found for tobacco, but has little or no effect on airway obstruction and the risk of COPD.

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Note: that site “does show significant negative respiratory effects of smoking cannabis, just not airway obstruction. Inhaling smoke is never good for you and is inherently carcinogenic.

…you might best be served by a vaporizer…”

And then there’s this:

Study: Smoking (Pot) is Good for You.

 On the other hand,

Why not to smoke pot from a Buddhist point of view.

But, in the end, it’s as or more beneficial and safe than alcohol and cigarettes, and we’re all for its continued legalization (as is President Obama)

In the end, this comment says it all: “Short-term memory? Yep. Complacency? You bet. Does it make me feel better about all the shitty things that happen in this world? Absolutely. Everyone argues that the effects of trees are different for every person and the situation they are currently in. For me, I smoked two years straight before realizing I needed a break from feeling like I was re-living the same day on repeat. Sure, smoking [pot] everyday sounds like an awesome idea. It’s when you feel stuck in a loop when it becomes a problem. I spent more time thinking and less time doing. I love [pot], but realized it was interfering with my goals. Do we legalize it? Hell yes.If you have shit to do, go out and do it. Trees should be a reward for you being awesome, not an excuse to feel awesome.”

In conclusion, it’s how we use it. Use it mindfully, and you’ll benefit, most likely. Use it mindlessly, and it’s a whole other path you’re couchsurfing down:

Ten Things that are Bad for Us that can be Good for You if Practiced Mindfully.

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anonymous Sep 11, 2015 10:33am

my husband is a long time stoner and I have seen the scene described played out in front of me before. "Aw man, I wanted _____ item." I live in Colorado and my business shares a parking lot with a recreational pot store. It's like having a reality television show out there sometimes, and most of it can be chalked up to one word… "stoners." It's a thing. Mostly harmless, and completely amusing. I'd rather a parking lot full of stoners than a lot full of drunks. Medical uses are an entire different thing. After suffering from a severe injury and being fed up with the doctor's standby treatments of handfuls of prescription narcotics just to get through the day, I tried it. I don't smoke it! (well, I do occasionally, much like a glass of wine from time to time) but also, I utilize it daily in low THC high CBD pill format, Charlotte's Web strain when I can. I will honestly say that it gave me my life back. In fact, it's the only pill (short of vitamins/etc) that I now take. It warrants further research and far from the "stoner" experiments that most people see… I'm grateful to be in a state where we're on the forefront of learning what this plant can do for people in so many different capacities. Nature gave us many gifts, and this is just one of them… <3

anonymous Sep 11, 2015 8:29am

I smoked everyday for a long time and it was making me horribly paranoid, I don’t recommend it, fast heartbeat and anxiety might be effects of the plant

anonymous Sep 11, 2015 8:01am

I acknowlage the fact about the effects on the brain but the exemple given is super judgmental…do you even know for a fact what the guy did before you saw him? Is he on medication? Did he also drink? Or is he simply mentally ill? All of the above?
It’s one thing to bring fact on the table about the negative effect of the marijana, but it’s another to use a poor man that you don’t even know for prooving a point and satisfy your ego.

anonymous Feb 1, 2015 1:21pm

Well it really depends on the kind of marijuana you smoke. Yes smoke any kind of plant matter will be bad for you but that's besides my point. There are two kinds of marijuana saliva and indica saliva is more of a mental high and can be used to treat some mental problems like psychosis but if you don't have any of those mental disorders then you shouldn't smoke it. Indica has more of a physical effect on the body and is the kind that contains more CBD than THC which is the chemical that get you high. CBDs have anti-inflamitory properties and also lower the risk for diseases like cancer but in my opinion it shouldn't be smoke it should be are strait as it is and or juiced because the CBDs in marijuana do not get you high atol

anonymous Oct 9, 2014 8:16am

I am also all for legalizing the plant but with these negative effects listed, I am not a fan of using it either. Anyway, this is a good article for listing the cons and not only the pros.

anonymous Mar 6, 2014 6:16am

This is a pretty spaced-out article…..I'm all for legalizing pot and hemp saving the world, but smoking it for recreation affects your brain…as evidenced by this writing…. and motivation. Hmmm……not a fan.