Some studies suggest that the impact that marijuana has can depend on the age at which a person began smoking marijuana and for how long they used the substance.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that marijuana can affect each person differently according to their own body chemistry and the type of pot used. Some people can use weed and never have any negative reactions while others may try it and get entirely freaked out by the experience.
There are a number of different things that can happen to you when you smoke weed. In addition to the immediate short-term impact of the substance, smoking pot can also have long-term effects on both your mind and body. These effects can vary from person to person.
Smoking vs. Vaping
Some people who use marijuana report having sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts, and this might be caused by trying higher-potency marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The reaction you may have when trying marijuana can vary dramatically based on many factors. Some people report not feeling anything at all when they smoke marijuana. In other cases, people report feeling relaxed or “high.”
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Any drug that is taken over a prolonged period of time can have an effect on your health. Several of the physical barriers that can occur range from infertility problems to overall brain function.
Marijuana is usually rolled and smoked like a cigarette (joints or doobies), or put in hollowed-out cigars (blunts), pipes (bowls), or water pipes (bongs). Recently, it has become increasingly popular for people to inhale marijuana or stronger marijuana extracts using a vaporizer (called “vaping” or “dabbing”). Some people mix it into food or brew it as a tea.
Immune system problems. Using marijuana a lot might make it harder for the body to fight off infections.
Research has found that people who use marijuana over a long period of time can have more lasting side effects. For example:
Marijuana withdrawal can be a bit like caffeine withdrawal: It’s usually worse a day or two after someone stops using marijuana. After that, withdrawal symptoms gradually decrease. They’re usually gone a week or two after the person no longer uses the drug.
Emotional problems. People who use a lot of marijuana are more likely to say they notice signs of depression or anxiety. If someone has a condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, marijuana can sometimes make symptoms worse.
I looked at my daughter, this child standing before me who suddenly seemed a woman—all 14 years of her. Gosh, when did she get so mature looking?
In that moment, I realized that I had been given an opportunity. Until then, my daughter and I had been going through the motions of mother and daughter. We were not connecting. We argued often over nothing and everything. Other than these tense exchanges, I didn’t pay much attention to her, unless she left her dirty dishes lying around.
Ask her why. Share my stories, and share my soul with this child turning into a woman. Love her, hug her, save her. And that’s just what I did.
Don’t wait for the pot to show up—talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more.
I guess I just hoped, prayed, and trusted that she was doing the right things. My random scowls with sarcastic remarks made me hopeful she was getting the point. I thought scaring her was the way to do it—just enough scare to make her think about the sort of choices I’d want her to make. I was so naive! I didn’t believe that my daughter was old enough to experiment with drugs and alcohol.