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Physical and Psychological Side Effects of Cannabis

Cannabis, also called marijuana, pot, weed, and many other names is a common substance that is widely used. Cannabis is legal in many states for medicinal and recreational purposes, but there are many potential downsides that one may not be aware of.

Many people consider cannabis a safe, non-addictive drug, yet some people do develop an addiction to it. While cannabis is used to help with certain health conditions, many individuals struggle with addiction to the substance regardless of what society may claim. Because cannabis is widely viewed as safe and non-addictive, it can be challenging for a person to admit that their use of it has become problematic, making it more difficult for them to reach out for help.

Effects of Cannabis

The effects of cannabis vary from person to person. Typically, people who use cannabis feel euphoric and relaxed. Their senses may be heightened, making food taste better and colors seem brighter, among other sensations. They may have an increased appetite, laugh more, and have an altered perception of time.

Not All Effects Are Positive

Some people may have unpleasant experiences with cannabis, particularly if they use more than usual, use cannabis with a higher potency than they usually use, or if they are inexperienced. These effects can include hallucinations, delusions, and a feeling of having lost their sense of personal identity.

Short-Term Effects

In the short term, cannabis can impair cognitive functioning, such as memory, attention, and judgment, as well as coordination and balance. The user’s heart rate can increase, and they can experience anxiety, paranoia, and psychoses. More persistent effects can include impaired ability to learn, impaired coordination, and problems with sleep.

Long-Term Effects

Long-term effects include impaired memory and learning ability, chronic cough and bronchitis, and possible addiction. In addition, cannabis use can degrade one’s ability to control emotions, especially those who struggle with mental health issues. In rare cases, a person can develop cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which causes extreme nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. This condition can resolve if the person stops using marijuana.

Does Cannabis Cause Withdrawal Symptoms?

When a person stops using cannabis, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, including irritability, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite, and restlessness.

Alcohol and Cannabis

Many people think of alcohol and cannabis in much the same way. For many people, using either substance causes no problems. Alcohol use is socially acceptable, almost expected for adults, and cannabis use is becoming more accepted as well. Both are readily available.

Both substances, however, have addictive properties because they stimulate the brain’s reward center. Many people do develop a dependency on cannabis or alcohol. Both substances can be abused and can lead to negative consequences.

If you want to eliminate any substance from your body to regain control over your life and be free from the burden of substances, The Guest House is here to help. We want you to understand that although cannabis is viewed by many as a safe, recreational drug, it is possible to become addicted to it, and it can cause long-term effects on your health. Our facility offers traditional talk therapy as well as a range of holistic treatment modalities. For more information about our treatment program and what we offer, call (855) 483-7800.