Before you fire up the pipe, it's good to consider the negative effects of weed. Although people think of weed as being natural because it's essentially a plant, it can have undesireable side effects. Pot does have positive effects as well, especially for people with cancer or other chronic illnesses, but most people use it simply because it gets them high! The negative effects of weed can vary from person to person. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States.
- Addiction and Withdrawal Contrary to popular belief, you can become addicted to weed. It is more likely to happen for long-term users. Becoming addicted to marijuana can lead to laziness and turmoil in family and work life. The younger that you are when you begin smoking weed, the more likely you will become addicted. For those that are addicted, withdrawal from pot can result in a difficult couple of days.
- Mental Illness Another one of the negative effects of weed is the potential to develop a mental illness. In order for this to happen, the person must already have the history in their family or the potential to develop it without smoking weed. Chronic use of pot can lead to illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia and depression.
- Respiratory Issues A negative effect of weed is you could suffer from respiratory issues. They can be similar to what smokers deal with, such as coughing and chest illnesses. People that smoke weed are exposing themselves to carcinogens.
- Memory A particularly rough negative effect of weed is it can impede you from making new memories. It alters cognitive reasoning and brain structure. Memory loss and problems forming new memories is one of the most common negative effects among long-term smokers.