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Long Term Effects of Using Marijuana

The availability of marijuana has been a much-anticipated sign of progress for people who benefit from the plant’s medicinal properties. For many patients, marijuana serves as an effective and sustainable way of elevating one’s mood, managing pain, and relieving the unpleasant effects of diseases and certain treatments. Even people who suffer from treatment-resistant conditions, such as certain types of epilepsy and chronic pain, are optimistic that marijuana will give them viable options for alleviating the symptoms of their disorders.

On the other side of the fence, there is also a portion of people who are worried about the consequences of long-term marijuana use. It’s a valid concern. After all, it’s only natural for anyone to question just how the substances they put in their body will affect their health and well-being in the long run. That said, scientists have not found solid evidence that long-term marijuana use can cause a person to suffer adverse health effects. That in itself is great news for people who are using cannabis for recreation or for medical purposes.

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Making Informed Decisions

Still, if you are using marijuana, it’s best to seek the advice of a medical professional. This way, your doctor can give you recommendations on how to use the substance to maximize its health benefits in relation to your particular health condition. A medical professional can explain to you in detail how cannabis consumption affects your body and which cannabinoids are relevant in addressing your symptoms. By combining this knowledge with information from dispensaries and veteran cannabis users, you’ll become a well-informed cannabis consumer.

While marijuana use in itself has no negative long-term consequences on one’s health, there is still a possibility that the substance will have effects that can aggravate the condition you are trying to treat. If the following apply to you, you might need medical guidance before integrating marijuana into your lifestyle:

  1. You are worried about increasing your tolerance for marijuana.
    Is marijuana addictive? Becoming addicted is one of the common fears of people who are not familiar with the effects of marijuana. Such a fear is not without basis; marijuana can cause physical dependence. This means that, over time, the body builds up tolerance for the substance and discontinuing marijuana use can cause minor withdrawal symptoms such as headaches or restlessness. However, marijuana is not likely to cause psychological dependency; you won’t feel compelled to use marijuana at the expense of your economic or social obligations. This means you can drop it anytime without feeling a strong motivation or craving to use it again. Marijuana has a dependence rate of about 9%, making it a popular alternative to opioids, anxiolytics, and antidepressants.
    The mention of tolerance begs the question: is it possible to overdose on marijuana? In a sense, yes, you can consume too much cannabis and suffer from negative effects such as anxiety, paranoia, and lethargy for a few hours at worst, but the experience leaves no lasting effects. For the record, no one has ever died as a direct result of eating or smoking too much marijuana. In fact, compared to getting drunk, consuming too much marijuana is a safer prospect.
  2. You are predisposed to psychotic disorders.
    There are conflicting ideas and research when it comes to studying the effects of cannabis in managing or treating psychotic disorders. Research suggests that people predisposed to certain mental disorders, like schizophrenia, should steer clear of the plant. At the same time, there is also evidence that marijuana use among adults with psychotic disorders is likely to result to improvements in cognition. Among marijuana’s well-known effects are inducing a feeling of calmness, relaxing both the body and mind, and lifting one’s mood. These effects offer relief for people suffering from anxiety, depression, and other conditions.
    It is not known whether marijuana use makes a person more susceptible to schizophrenia or predisposition to schizophrenia makes a person more liable to use marijuana. Still, care must be taken by those who want to use the plant if they have this specific condition.

  3. Your brain is still developing.
    Many studies indicate that chronic marijuana use can have weird effects on teenage brains. One study conducted on participants who began using marijuana at age 16 or younger demonstrated arrested brain development in the prefrontal cortex, the section of the brain responsible for complex thinking, judgment, and reasoning. Early onset marijuana users, especially those who started using before reaching 16 years of age, have greater cortical thickness and less gray and white matter contrast. This, in turn, may contribute to long-term attention issues and impulsivity. The same results, however, are not seen on participants that are older than 16 when they started using cannabis. This suggests that there is a connection between marijuana use and this phenomenon, but it is not certain if marijuana is the direct cause of it.

Medical marijuana has many benefits. In order to enjoy these benefits fully, you need to be well-informed and responsible in using the plant and its products.

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