Scientists and physicians have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many marijuana effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to organs throughout the body, including the brain.
In the brain, THC connects to specific sites called cannabis receptors on nerve cells and influences the activity of those cells. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. Many cannabinoid receptors are found in the areas of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
What are the short-term marijuana effects?
The short-term effects of marijuana can include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception; difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate. Learn more about short-term effects of cannabis here.
What are the long term marijuana effects?
Research findings for long-term marijuana use indicate some changes in the brain similar to those found after long-term use of other major drugs of abuse. By way of example, cannabis withdrawal in chronically exposed animals leads to an increase in the activation of the stress-response system and changes in the activity of nerve cells containing dopamine. Dopamine neurons are little electric impulses involved in the regulation of motivation and reward and are directly or indirectly affected by all drugs of abuse.
Marijuana effects everyone differently. My opinion is that many studies revealed by non-profit organizations and the government intentionally lie about facts to scare people who’ve never tried marijuana. Everything I said above would appear very frightening to a new bong smoker.
What are the positive marijuana effects?
Marijuana does have positive effects, such as pain relief, assisting with meditation (yoga), anxiety relief, problems with gaining weight (hunger simulating), the ability to do something (energy giving), and bringing people closer together.
Any other marijuana effects?
Using my anecdotal evidence, I can conclude that individuals sometimes blame marijuana for its bad side effects so that they have an excuse for their (illegal) actions. I believe that cannabis should be treated with a lot of responsibility and respect.
If you drink a lot you know that sometimes you get in ugly fights and arguments. The same follows with marijuana, if you smoke cannabis, sometimes you won’t have a good time. This doesn’t apply to everyone, it mostly applies to the people who have no prior experience with smoking cannabis. Sometimes if I feel the experience turning sour, I go for an evening jog. This helps settle my thoughts and relaxes my whole body.
Cannabis side effects to look for
I’ve been in social groups smoking cannabis and saw how it affected many of the people there. The edgy people became angry, restless, jumpy, depressed, sleepy, and some extremely paranoid. Usually, I try to stay away from smoking with these type personalities. They can ruin your experience very quickly and someone can get hurt.
The best way to experience a great session is to gather a handful of your buddies in a private setting, turn on some of your favorite tunes, and rip your best bong. The mellow and relaxed environment will ensure you have the best experience with cannabis.
Some of the common side effects of marijuana are:
- Trouble remembering things
- Altered time perception
- Auditory enhancement
- Slight hallucinations
Some of us aren’t affected by these side effects of marijuana. Many effects are related with the person’s current well-being. For example, those who have a history of psychological or health problems should be advised not to smoke or ingest cannabis. Unless it was proven that it would not affect his or her behavior.
First-time marijuana smokers should always use a small dose to see how it affects their body and mind. This is a good way to figure out if marijuana is OK for you with the minimal side effects and risks associated with smoking marijuana.
The physical adverse effects of marijuana can include:
- Dry mouth
- Reduced coordination Increased heart rate
- Altered pulmonary status
- Altered body temperature
- Reduced muscle strength
- Decreased cerebral blood flow
- Increased food consumption
Marijuana causes physical side effects as well when used in large doses. Some of these side effects can be cured with homemade remedy’s that are rather simple. Water or juice is very good at preventing dry mouth (cotton mouth). Sugar and fat free foods are also great in fixing the enormous appetite you might encounter when smoking or ingesting marijuana. If you have a problem with nausea or headache, a warm bath will help. You should avoid smoking marijuana and drinking liquids that contain caffeine, and fatty foods with a lot of sugar. You should also avoid excessive exercise as you may go to hard and hurt yourself.
The neuropsychiatric adverse effects of marijuana:
- Anxiety and panic
- Altered libido Possible suicidal ideation
- Poor sense of time
- Worsened short-term memory
- Addictive behaviours
- Amotivational syndrome
There are also cannabis side effects that alter the brain. These kinds of side effects are generally related to cognitive disorders. It is highly recommended to those who suffer from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, anorexia) should stay away from smoking cannabis.
Smoking marijuana will have a significant impact on those who cannot control the altered reality experienced. So, it is highly suggested that you stay away from cannabis if you experience any of these negative side effects.
Luckily marijuana is known to be relatively safe, so if you happen to smoke a little too much don’t be worried! You will return back to normal in just a few short hours. It also helps having a good friend nearby because they can help keep you relaxed and out of harms way. Marijuana effects everyone differently and everyone will have a different experience with this substance. The only way to see if you will enjoy cannabis is to give it a try.