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Side Effects of smoking marijuana?

 
 
Tue 19 Apr, 2016 01:51 pm
Hey Ladies and Gents.
I think I have a serious problem here.
As my title says, its about side effects of smoking marijuana. I'm not sure tho. Anyways. I've been smoking since I was 15, now I'm 21. 6 years smoking, which is kind of a long time for a 21 year old. My problem is that I am very lazy, even when i dont smoke it (i smoke only during weekends, All weekends), and my brain feels like hmm, not normal. Its pretty scary. how will I explain this. My brain is kind of making this noise all the time. It's a small version of what you feel in the morning after a night you smoke a lot of it (If you know what i mean) but i feel it everyday. I think this makes me lazy. It's also very hard for me to remember things. I easily forget things that are less important but also the big things including big life decisions or tasks. I want to become a chef, i am in college at the moment. But i have difficulties because it is very hard for me to study. Even when i study for hours and remember all these recipes and stuff, i forget most of it the following morning. Guys, i know this piece of text is long and may be hard to understand what I am trying to explain here and get an answer on. But this really bothers me. I even sometimes have suicide thoughts. Its pretty scary. I would never kill myself but i do have those kind of thoughts in my head. Im very unactive. I dont do any sports but i love it. I dont have a job ( maybe because im in college but the truth is that im very lazy and i think its because of marijuana). Before i started smoking i was active. Playing tennis and soccer in my local town. Going out with friends everyday, remembering things wasnt an issue, i have no problems studying, had good grades. I feel hmm that my life is going nowhere, stuck at one point for the past 3 years. I thought its going to change but it doesnt change. I try to change it. I tell myself all the time. Ok ill do it now ( call a place for work experience for example ) and then i feel scared to call someone or go places and sort things out that are important for me but i just feel very lazy and as i stated before, my brain feels weird. Also my organisation isnt right. I cant seem to be organised in the kitchen. I can cook so good but when it comes to orders and cooking for x amount of people i just cant do it due to lack of organisation. i think its all because of weed. Can someone please, who can understand what I am talking about, answer to this post. Should i stop smoking? go to some kind of specialist like a mental health problem or something? Im from Ireland. thanks in advance.
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PUNKEY
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 01:58 pm
Should i stop smoking?

Well, yeah, if you want to get out of your fog.

If you had some of these symptoms when you were younger, you probably gravitated to how pot made you feel to deal with anxiety.

Time to find out what the REAL issues are, ADD or another kind of learning disability, for example.

Depression, short term memory, and irritability - and yes, laziness - are side effects of using.
Krzysztof
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 02:10 pm
@PUNKEY,
I can't say I love weed and cant stop using it. During the week when I don't smoke it I'm not going around like a lunathic. To be honest, people irritate me but not all the time. Very rarely actually and sometimes there is no reason to be angry at them. You see. I dont have a problem with giving up marijuana but I think that maybe i should go to a specialist who can fix me. Make me more confident, less lazy and maybe do something about my short term memory. I didnt talk about my confidence in the last post but yeah, its very low. I think i need to speak to someone first like a family member or best friend about it. I think i need to split it out to someone who will give me an advice aswell. Thats why I am here because I am not ready yet to talk about it in person but i wouldnt mind going to some kind of specialist. Thanks for your answer PUNKEY. God bless
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Linkat
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 02:32 pm
@Krzysztof,
This is what I pulled from the American Pediatrics - I used this because your use started in your teens. I have also read (having teen children) how bad marijuana is especially for teens as their brains are still developing.

Effects of Marijuana
Regular use of marijuana can lead to dependence, which causes users to have a very hard time stopping. When teens use marijuana regularly, they may crave marijuana and give up important activities to use marijuana. If they stop using, they may suffer from withdrawal symptoms which can include irritability, anxiety, and changes in mood, sleep, and appetite.

Marijuana can also cause serious problems with learning, feelings, and health. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in marijuana. THC affects the brain's control of emotions, thinking, and coordination.

Use of marijuana can lead to:
•School difficulties
•Problems with memory and concentration
•Increased aggression
•Car accidents
•Use of other drugs or alcohol
•Risky sexual behaviors
•Increased risk of suicide
•Increased risk of psychosis

Long-term use of marijuana can lead to:
•The same breathing problems as smoking cigarettes (coughing, wheezing, trouble with physical activity, and lung cancer)
•Decreased motivation or interest
•Lower intelligence
•Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, anger, moodiness, and psychosis
•Decreased or lack of response to mental health medication
•Increased risk of side effects from mental health medication


It sounds like you are displaying some of these symptoms - I would suggest if you have the resources to get some help so you can get better physically and emotionally.
Krzysztof
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 02:48 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat, What you have said it very very true. I dont crave for marijuana but when i dont use it during the week i do have symptoms such as anxiety, mood changes, sleep is difficult for me so i stay on my phone until im very very tired which is scary because im in kitchen most of the time and seems like it doesnt make me tired even tho i feel weak after day of activities. My appetite is always good but im hungry most of the day. I have also problems with memory and concentration. It so easy for me to get disturbed by smallest things such as a person walking. aggression is not an issue as well as other drugs or alcohol. I never took anything else than weed. I drink plenty of alcohol but not often. I drink once in 2-3 months but its a very heavy session of drinkin i mean it goes on all night and i pour alot of beer and shots into my stomach. But the most scary thing about it all is that I already had suicide thought and it wasnt only a few time but plenty of times. I'm imagining myself cutting my throat open or when i walk on the footpath i feel like jumping infront of the car. But i would never do it. Well i cant say never because you never know, but im too scared to die if you get my point. I also forgot to mention that I tend to lie a lot to my siblings, friends and even people in my course. Its getting out of hands I just do it, not realising im doing it but then when i stop talking I am like, what the heck am I saying all this for. And its not lies like stories that never happened but about things that are so important. I feel that all of these things mentioned by you Linkat are slowly getting worse and worse. I live in Ireland and i dont know where to go to get some help. I think i should speak to my dad first as we are very good friends but i am scared of his reaction but i suppose this is the only way to go if its going to help me. I need to start somehow. Thanks for the replies i really appreciate it. Good to see that my worries are correct. I suppose that the first good step towards getting better is seeing your problems and then someone can agree to it like on this page. Thanks again Linkat
Linkat
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 03:08 pm
@Krzysztof,
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But the most scary thing about it all is that I already had suicide thought and it wasnt only a few time but plenty of times.
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Yes that is scary - please talk with your dad -- talk with someone - I do not know what sorts of resources you have in Ireland, but I really hope you get some help. You are still very young so you have so much opportunities in front of you. I am so happy to hear you are going to reach out. Best of luck to you.
Krzysztof
 
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Tue 19 Apr, 2016 03:19 pm
@Linkat,
Thanks a lot Linkat. It is scary. I wouldnt do it because i am scared of death but i do have those thought. My dream is to become a chef. I want to get better. I will talk with my dad when i see him next. Thanks again. It feels alot better when you have support even when you dont know and see that person.
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Robin Macson
 
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Wed 20 Apr, 2016 12:39 am
- Marijuana smoke can cause many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers, such as increased daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illnesses such as bronchitis, and a greater instance of lung infections.

- Marijuana can also raise heart rate by 20 percent to 100 percent shortly after smoking and the effect can last up to three hours.

- Heavy marijuana use can lower the ability to fight infection and have an adverse impact on the immune system.
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sdsophiadsouza
 
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Sat 11 Aug, 2018 04:56 am
@PUNKEY,
Yeah, definitely you should stop smoking, Marijuana comes from the dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa. Medical marijuana is now legal in a majority of states. Marijuana still is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S.

Side effects of marijuana

1. increase your heart rate dramatically for up to 3 hours after you smoke a joint.
2. Abusing marijuana can result in problems with memory, learning, mood and social behavior.
3. red, blurry, bloodshot eyes
4. constant, mucus-filled cough
5. anxiety, paranoia, or fear
6. slow reaction time
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laughoutlood
 
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Sat 11 Aug, 2018 05:58 am
It's a gateway to gardening is all I know.

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Drlalchandanilab
 
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Thu 27 Sep, 2018 12:10 pm
@Krzysztof,
SHORT-TERM EFFECTS

Short-term memory problems
Severe anxiety, including fear that one is being watched or followed (paranoia)
Very strange behavior, seeing, hearing or smelling things that aren’t there, not being able to tell imagination from reality (psychosis)
Panic
Hallucinations
Loss of sense of personal identity
Lowered reaction time
Increased heart rate (risk of heart attack)
Increased risk of stroke
Problems with coordination (impairing safe driving or playing sports)
Sexual problems (for males)
Up to seven times more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections
than non-users (for females) 22,32 & 33

LONG-TERM EFFECTS

Decline in IQ (up to 8 points if prolonged use started in adolescent age)
Poor school performance and higher chance of dropping out
Impaired thinking and ability to learn and perform complex tasks
Lower life satisfaction
Addiction (about 9% of adults and 17% of people who started smoking as teens)
Potential development of opiate abuse
Relationship problems, intimate partner violence
Antisocial behavior including stealing money or lying
Financial difficulties
Increased welfare dependence
Greater chances of being unemployed or not getting good jobs.
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andrewwalker
 
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Tue 23 Apr, 2019 03:26 am
@Krzysztof,
Side effects of marijuana include physical problems like breathing difficulties and deteriorating physical abilities. Despite a popular belief, marijuana side effects speed up the heart, blood and breathing rate. The body is taxed more and this speeds up the aging process just like methamphetamines do. The marijuana side effects from this extra exertion on the body include a higher risk for lung cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.

The short-term effects of marijuana use include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety, and panic attacks.
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