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Surprising Side Effects of Marijuana

Surprising Side Effects of Marijuana, Says Science :

Marijuana's acceptability has soared in recent years, both legally and in public opinion. These days, 91 percent of Americans feel it should be legal for both medicinal and recreational use, and recreational marijuana is allowed in 19 states. Although marijuana is no longer the stigmatized criminal drug of the past—we now know it's reasonably safe to use—not it's without risks that you should be aware of, particularly if you have certain health concerns.


What are the side effects of marijuana?


The following discusses some of the side effects of marijuana.

 

Side Effects of Marijuana :


Mental Health Issues - Marijuana is a well-known sedative. However, it can have the opposite effect on some people, creating anxiety, paranoia, and even panic attacks, according to the CDC. Marijuana usage "may cause cognitive impairment and should be taken with caution if you have a mental health concern," the Mayo Clinic cautions. "Patients with bipolar disorder who consume marijuana may see their manic symptoms go worse. Regular marijuana use could make depression more likely to occur or make its symptoms worse."


Heart Trouble - Smoking marijuana can raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease, which is surprising for such a well-known sedative. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that smoking marijuana "increases heart rate for up to three hours" (NIDA). "The result may increase the risk of heart attacks. A larger risk may exist for older individuals or those who have heart problems."


Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) - Another example of marijuana's paradoxes: it's prescribed for nausea relief in some cases, but strong marijuana users endure extreme nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort. CHS stands for cannabis hyperemesis syndrome. According to experts, 2.7 million Americans suffer with the disorder, which is commonly misdiagnosed. (It was the subject of a Washington Post "Medical Mysteries" story last year.) "Over the last five years, CHS has gone from being something we didn't know about and never talked about to a very prevalent problem," the American College of Emergency Physicians' Dr. Eric Lavonas, a spokesman. It's simple to eliminate: Abandon marijuana use.


Trouble Breathing - Toking marijuana, like smoking tobacco, includes inhaling smoke, which might impact your respiration. According to the NIDA, "Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and frequent marijuana smokers may experience similar respiratory problems to those who smoke tobacco." Among the problems include "daily cough and phlegm, more frequent lung illness, and an increased risk of lung infections." Unlike cigarettes, marijuana has not been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the CDC.


Risky Behavior - To avoid sounding like Reefer Madness, a 2017 study indicated that marijuana users aged 50 to 64 were more likely than older nonusers to engage in dangerous behaviors such as impaired driving, stealing, and physical assault. Other research has revealed that marijuana users 65 and older are more likely to drive while inebriated than older persons who don't use the drug.



Drug Interactions - When combined with other drugs, marijuana can create negative effects, according to the Mayo Clinic. These include raising the risk of bleeding, lowering blood pressure, lessening antiviral effects, increasing the sedative effects of certain medicines, and changing blood sugar levels. For persons taking anticoagulants or drugs for chronic diseases like blood pressure, HIV, or diabetes, this could make marijuana use dangerous.


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