Marijuana’s Side Effects

It’s hard to know what the truth about marijuana really is, there ore plenty of people out there that will tell you that it’s good for you and plenty that will tell you that it’s bad for you. It has been proved to work quite successfully as a medicinal drug for a variety of ailments which is good but it is still a drug and should be taken seriously. Just like any other drug on the market though it has its upsides it also comes a list of side effects that can be quite harmful or difficult to deal with too, let’s take a look at some of those.

Marijuana
Marijuana

The Munchies

A gain in appetite or “the munchies” as it’s better known is perhaps the most well-known side effect of weed. Scientists still aren’t quite certain as to why this happens but often after taking a smoke, users will feel the need to raid the fridge of all of it’s wares. It’s believed that somehow the drug activates certain pathways in the brain that are related to hunger, but like I say not definitive explanations have been found. This can however be a good thing, particularly when treating loss of appetite which patients undergoing chemo will suffer from.

The Munchies
The Munchies

Memory Impairment

There are several studies that have been made into the drugs effects and many of those have found that whilst using the drug consumers may experience short-term memory issues, some studies even suggest that users can suffer from impairments to all stages of their memory. According to a study made in 2011 this side effect is most damaging to adolescent users of the drug, with a higher possibility of a lasting effect being a greater threat to them. That being said supposedly frequent consumers may actually build up a tolerance to the memory effects caused.

Issues with Your Wellbeing

Cannabis has a rather strange relationship with mental wellbeing. It can actually be prescribed as an anti-depressant to help people combat depression. For some people however it can actually have the reverse effect on them, causing it instead. Depression is of course a very broad term and covers a variety of different mental illnesses. For example, marijuana is particularly bad for anybody who is already prone to paranoia or anxiety, these are side effects are well documented. It can also cause a depletion of one’s self-motivation, studies have also shown that long term users can suffer from lower levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that helps us to feel joy and is linked to motivation too. 

Addiction

It’s often touted that cannabis isn’t an addictive substance, but studies have shown that that simply just isn’t true. It’s a psychoactive drug and as such activates the same part of the brains reward systems as other abused drugs like tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, etc. Users can also experience withdrawal symptoms when ceasing to consumer it like trouble sleeping, a loss of appetite and an increase irritability.