Everyone knows that cannabis will provoke a sense of euphoria (translation: “get you high”), but like any good thing, that sensation can come with a few side effects. But decades of misinformation have left a lot of people confused about what, exactly, those are. So what are the side effects of smoking weed?
For the most part, the side effects of weed are rather mild and almost all are entirely harmless in the long run. Let’s take a look.
The Side Effects of Smoking Weed
There are nine common side effects to smoking marijuana:
- Dry Mouth
The most common, and the most correctable. It's important to stay hydrated before, during, and after you smoke. Gum is another way to combat dry mouth and encourage your salivary glands to do their thing.
Another commonly reported effect is dizziness, especially among new smokers. But this tends to go away with repeat use.
- Increased Appetite
We’ve all heard of the munchies, and while this won’t help you if you’re on a diet, people who are coping with appetite loss due to chemotherapy often benefit from this effect.
- Memory Impairment
Short-term memory loss is a common occurrence, and studies have shown that it may be more severe in adolescent smokers. But for most long-time stoners, a few lapses in memory pose no major deterrent.
- Loss of Motivation
Smoking weed can make you lazy, period. But there are also many highly motivated people who are also daily smokers. It really depends on the individual.
While weed can combat depression, frequent cannabis use can be a sign of depression to come. There is some question about whether this is caused by weed itself, or if people who tend to experience depression are also just more likely to self-medicate.
Paranoia has long been associated with weed, and while studies have certainly shown smoking can cause it, we know that THC doesn’t physically cause anxiety. Researchers have theorized that paranoia is the byproduct of the unusual mental state brought on by cannabis.
- Withdrawal symptoms
Roughly 40% of regular smokers who try to quit report experiencing symptoms like irritability, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. While the jury isn’t in on what exactly causes these effects, they are all strong indicators of withdrawal.
- Lung Problems
Inhaling any kind of smoke into your lungs is going to come with risks, such as bronchitis, wheezing, or coughing. To combat this, doctors recommend using a vaporizer.