What are the common side effects of marijuana use?
The following are some of the common side effects of using marijuana:
- Trouble remembering things
- Slowed reaction time
- Difficulty concentrating
- Paranoia (feeling that people are "out to get you")
- Altered time perception
- Red, bloodshot eyes
Using marijuana for a long time makes some people lose interest in school, work, relationships and other activities. It may also cause legal problems. Using marijuana can be especially dangerous in certain situations, such as when you are driving, because your reaction time is slower. This make it more difficult to react to a dangerous situation, which could cause an accident.
How can marijuana affect me physically?
The following are some of the common physical effects of marijuana:
- Tremors (shaking)
- Decreased coordination
- Breathing problems
- Increased appetite
- Reduced blood flow to the brain
- Changes in the reproductive organs
Like tobacco, marijuana contains many chemicals that can hurt the lungs and cause cancer. One marijuana cigarette can cause more damage to the lungs than many tobacco cigarettes because marijuana has more tar in it and is usually smoked without filters.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff