Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
Could I become chemically dependent
Yes. When you’re chemically dependent on
marijuana, it means you crave it and you need to use more and more to get the
same effect. You may have withdrawal symptoms, such as depressed feelings,
trouble sleeping or nausea, when you stop using it. Because marijuana is a lot
stronger now than it used to be, people are also more likely to abuse it and
become dependent on it than they were in the past.
Is marijuana use associated with
other drug use?
Yes. Many people use legal drugs like alcohol or
cigarettes before they start using marijuana. Marijuana is the most commonly
used illegal substance in the United States. It’s often the first illegal
drug a person will try. Sometimes marijuana use leads to the use of other
What are the common side effects of
The following are some of the common side
effects of using marijuana:
- Trouble remembering things
- Paranoia (feeling that people are “out to
- Altered time perception
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.
How can marijuana affect me
The following are some of the common physical
effects of marijuana:
- Tremors (shaking)
- Coordination becoming worse
- 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.
Unpleasant side effects from marijuana occur in as many as 40% to 60% of people
who use marijuana.
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