Most cannabis users are fond of the sense of euphoria marijuana gives them, but we should take into consideration the fact that even this friendly plant comes with some side effects. The study shows that consuming cannabis may give us some long and short-term side effects. Although we all know the sudden desire for munchies caused by smoking cannabis, many users still have little idea about the lesser known effects of marijuana.
As mentioned before, increased appetite and desire for junk food is one of the most known effects of cannabis. Within minutes after smoking, many cannabis-lovers will experience a sudden desire for munchies, usually leading stoners to their kitchen.
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The exact mechanism behind the “munchies effect” is still unknown to the scientists, but in 2015 studies showed that cannabis might activate the part of the human brain that is responsible for feeling hungry. You may think that this side effect is a bad one, but for people suffering from cancer and dealing with chemotherapy, consuming cannabis is one of the best ways to treat appetite loss. Notice that Marinol, a pill containing THC, is now available in many countries for cancer patients.
If you’re smoking marijuana you must be familiar with the effect called “cotton mouth”. This side effect is an uncomfortable feeling caused by smaller saliva production.
In 2003, the Journal of Addiction Research & Theory published a survey showing that almost 80% of cannabis users experience cotton mouth effect. However, in most cases, you can expect to see more of the cotton mouth effect among recreational users than medical patients. If you’re looking for a way to minimize the dry mouth feeling, eating something or chewing a gum should help. This way, you can stimulate the salivary glands and production of saliva.
If you’re using cannabis strains that are high in THC, it will probably cause dry, red eyes. One of the reasons you may experience red, dry eyes is the fact that smoke irritates your eyes. However, other methods of consuming marijuana can cause this effect, too.
THC may lead to redness by lowering blood pressure and dilating blood vessels in your eyes. There’s also a possibility you’re allergic to cannabis and it is the cause of red eyes, but it’s not a common thing among marijuana users. If you’re want to counter these effect, you should drink some water to stay hydrated. For irritated eyes, choose eye drops, but try not to use these too often.
Many marijuana users feel dizzy after smoking a joint, mostly when they stand up too quickly. According to a study published in 1992, 60% marijuana users reported dizziness after smoking a joint and standing up. The participants of the study had lower blood pressure, which may be the cause of this effect. Don’t worry though, researchers showed that you may be able to develop a tolerance to many of cannabis side effects if you’re a frequent marijuana user.
Studies showed that marijuana users often experience short-term memory issues. Researchers say that cannabinoids are the reason for impaired memory at all stages.
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It may be risky for young people to use cannabis, as it can cause long-term memory problems. On the other hand, frequent marijuana users report growing tolerance for memory problems caused by smoking cannabis.
Many people who are against using marijuana – especially when it comes to the recreational use – say that cannabis users are unmotivated not only at home but at work, too. This may sound like a stereotype, but there is some truth in that belief. A survey published in 2003 showed that over 50% of cannabis users experience the lack of motivation. This may be caused by the way marijuana affects the human brain. Another study suggests that frequent marijuana users show lower levels of a hormone called dopamine, which is connected with motivation.
Again, this is one of the stereotypes about users of marijuana. However, this effect has many medical benefits for people suffering from insomnia.
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THC, one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana, promotes rest and helps with insomnia. For people using marijuana and wanting to stay active during the day, it’s best to choose sativa or high-CBD strains. Another idea is to try a cannabis-infused tea or coffee, which is a great way to lift out the lethargy. Bear in mind that indica strains can induce sedative effects, such as early night’s sleep, naps or lethargy.
This may be surprising for you, but sometimes cannabis can cause depression. You’ve probably heard that marijuana is a great medicine for patients fighting depression, but research suggest that among young people, cannabis can cause depression. In 2002 the British Medical Journal published a study showing that among teenage girls using marijuana frequently, cannabis can cause depression in later years. Keep in mind though, that there are many types of depression and that cannabis may cause the different effect in each case.
Although it has been proven that marijuana can help people combat anxiety and paranoia, some users report the opposite way cannabis affected them.
There is a study showing that THC may be the reason people experience anxiety. In 2015 researchers found that THC may cause increased paranoia among some people. However, the same study showed that THC cannot directly cause paranoia. Researchers say that paranoia may be caused by depression and unusual feeling after smoking cannabis. Fortunately, CBD reduces anxiety, so it all comes to choosing the right strain.
As you can see, marijuana can cause its own unique range of side effects, but we all experience it differently. Most side effects are caused by THC in cannabis, but other cannabinoids come with side effects, too. If you want to avoid these unpleasant effects of cannabis, choose a strain that is higher in CBD than THC. However, if using a high-THC strain, stay on lower doses. The best way to consume high-THC strain with fewer side effects is preparing edibles. Although cannabis may cause many long and short-term side effects, there are still more advantages in using marijuana, not only for medical but also recreational use.