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The Downside of Using Marijuana


Marijuana has become an increasingly popular drug worldwide. It has become more “socially acceptable” but this does not mean that it does not have adverse effects. Marijuana can be addictive just like any other drug that interferes with your brain’s functionality.

While marijuana has been used for some medical conditions, its sale has not been standardized and, therefore, some may contain harmful substances. There is a lot of hype about marijuana which is not based on real scientific evidence. Marijuana dependency causes medical and social problems but luckily this can be treated at 2nd Chance Treatment Center by qualified specialists.

What Are Some of the Approved Uses of Marijuana?

Marijuana has been approved in some states like Arizona for treatment of;

  • Nausea and vomiting that is associated with chemotherapy during cancer treatment
  • Treatment of glaucoma
  • Treatment of multiple sclerosis
  • Pain reduction in people with chronic diseases
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Helping to improve appetite

People also claim that marijuana helps with relaxation, sleeping problems, weight loss, and enhancing creativity, but the effectiveness of this has not been documented. Most people take marijuana to get high. Very few people will tell you about the disadvantages of using marijuana.

What Are the Harmful Effects of Marijuana?

Listed below are the reasons why marijuana is bad for you:


Many people are not aware that marijuana causes dependency and they think that you can stop at will. Some people have been unable to quit using marijuana and clearly show symptoms of addiction. Addicted people may start stealing money or lying so as to be able to buy the drug and satisfy their cravings. They may show symptoms of withdrawal when they stop using the drug such as;

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Reduced appetite
  • Having a hard time sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Negative effects on the brain

Marijuana can cause memory loss, disorientation of places and people, and reduced concentration. Some users have experienced visual and auditory hallucinations. The use of Marijuana has been associated with lowering IQ, especially for young people whose brain is still developing, thus affecting their school performance.

The person loses touch with the outside world, thus affecting their judgment and attention. This can cause injuries or accidents when driving or operating machines. Marijuana has been reported to worsen the symptoms of psychosis and increase relapse after treatment. It can also trigger psychosis in predisposed persons.

Damage to the Lung

Marijuana has been reported to cause lung inflammation resulting in scarring. It has also been reported to increase risk of bronchitis and congestive lung disease.  Some people continue to be present with a cough after using marijuana.

Effect to the Unborn Child

Pregnant women who use weed increase their risk of miscarriage and when the child is born, he may have birth defects, or memory and behavioral symptoms. Some of these children have difficulty paying attention. Marijuana can also be passed in breast milk.

Marijuana has also been associated with fertility problems.

Social Problems

Marijuana can cause poverty, break families, job loss, school dropouts, social stigma, accidents, and imprisonment.


Marijuana is not as safe as people would want you to believe. It has been associated with many medical and social problems.