What are the harmful effects of smoking marijuana every day?
Apr 12, 2017

Smoking marijuana every day can have the most adverse side effects on teens. This is so because their young brains are still developing, and introducing superfluous cannabinoids in their body can hinder healthy brain development. To know more about how marijuana affects the brain, you may read this article “Marijuana’s stealthy invasion of the brain.”

In general, there are numerous side effects of smoking marijuana. It has been found that marijuana use produced effects on every body organ including the nervous system and the immune system. While short-term effects that can be seen during the first few minutes of consumption include paranoia, disorientation, increased heartbeat leading to cardiac arrest, dizziness, dry mouth, dilated pupils, shallow breathing, etc., the major long-term side effects include tar build-up that can lead to chronic bronchitis, sometimes lung cancer; cardiovascular events like myocardial infarction, stroke; impaired memory, learning, alertness, and executive functions, which can result in accidents, sometimes even resulting in death.

Additionally, two real bad side effects that can be seen in heavy users are severe withdrawal symptoms such as craving, irritability, boredom, anxiety and sleep disturbances, and the highly controversial risk of psychosis. Studies have proved that these effects can vary in impact depending upon whether the user is an adolescent or an adult. A 25-year study conducted at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland recently revealed that if one smokes a lot of marijuana, over a long period of time, it may have effect on his or her verbal and short-term memory, which may make the concerned individual forget more words than someone who doesn’t smoke as much, or even at all.

The above information elucidates how harmful smoking marijuana every day can be. Hence, overcoming marijuana dependence is extremely important if a person desires to live a happy and healthy life, else the probability of a long life cut short is quite inevitable.