Are you a child of the 60s? 70s? 80s? Well listen up because this concerns you if you happen to enjoy lighting up the ganja. After some serious research, a new review claims that smoking weed definitely has its negative effects on your health.
And if you are a habitual smoker, you have probably already experienced many of the negative symptoms and just learned to live with them.
For example, if you started smoking marijuana in your teen years, chances are your memory isn’t exactly up to par now. Research has shown abnormalities in the brain of those who smoke in their teens and this “find” relates to learning and memory.
And don’t think that just because you may have recently started smoking, everything is cool.
You may want to slow your roll.
Chances are, you can experience immediate short-term effects of marijuana too. Some examples can include impaired thinking – i.e. “Uh, can you explain those directions to me again?” and coordination, “Dang, why do I keep dropping these keys?”
In all seriousness, the consequences of this can also attribute to an increased risk of car accidents, according to the review.
For regular smokers, conditions such as bronchitis, coughing and the production of phlegm can become the daily condition that sets your health apart from nonsmokers.
And check this out, according to the report, if you are genetically at risk for schizophrenia and smoke weed, there is a greater risk that you will develop the condition. But it is possible that factors other than marijuana are responsible for the link.
But there is hope. Kind of.
The jury is still out on whether marijuana has long-term cognitive effects on adults. Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who wrote the review along with her colleagues claims some studies suggest the effects are persistent, while others say the effects may be reversible. She says that more research is needed on this topic to provide a definitive answer. [Trippy Tales: The History of 8 Hallucinogens]
And what affect will the legalization of marijuana place on these health concerns?
“As policy shifts toward legalization of marijuana, it is reasonable and probably prudent to hypothesize that [marijuana] use will increase and that, by extension, so will the number of persons for whom there will be negative health consequence,” the researchers wrote in the June 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Read the list of “negatives” on the marijuana report at Huffington Post.