The medicinal effects of marijuana are long-standing; it’s no wonder it’s being used as a natural way to treat many different medical conditions and symptoms. Medical marijuana has even been approved by the FDA as safe for use by certain patients to fight chemo-induced nausea, reduce the muscle spasms of MS, and to fight nerve pain.
Long-Term Effects of Medical Marijuana
The medical use of marijuana has only recently become legal and regulated in the U.S. marketplace. So, long-term effects of marijuana used to treat certain medical conditions is not available – although no one is known to have died of a cannabis overdose.
Long-Term Effects on Recreational Users
For long-term effects of marijuana, you’d have to look at studies or reports done based on long-term recreational users.
- Memory, Learning, Impulse Control. Certain cognitive declines are the most often noted effect of long-term marijuana use. And these findings can be contradictory, depending on the report’s source. For example, data shows that heavy use during adolescence may be associated with reduced brain function pertaining to memory, learning, and even impulse control. But the degree of this impairment depends on how young a person was when they started using marijuana, how much they used, and how long they used it.
- Marijuana in and of itself isn’t addictive. There is no chemical within cannabis that the body, over time, comes to require or withdrawal symptoms will occur. Even so, certain people may enjoy the sensations associated with marijuana use and feel like they are unable to stop using it.
- Daily Activities. Certain aspects of daily life may be affected by long-term marijuana use, including reduced physical activity and motivation, which could impact work, school, and family life.
- Pulmonary Function. Those who have smoked marijuana for a long time have an increased risk of lung irritation and developing chronic bronchitis. However, there are many ways to ingest medical marijuana that will not harm the lungs.
While many studies refer to the above as some of the long-term effects of marijuana use, there are just as many that report finding no significant long-term effects.
Long-term effects of marijuana are different from unwanted symptoms that can occur during marijuana use. Side effects of marijuana use may include dry mouth, dry eyes, lightheadedness, paranoia, and an increased appetite. However, these effects go away when marijuana use is stopped.
The human body itself produces a type of psychoactive compound that mimics the effects of the chemical compounds found in marijuana. So, it’s really no wonder that marijuana is used to alleviate pain, motor functioning, and more.
If you think cannabis may help your medical condition, contact InteCare Medical Clinic by calling (937) 874-5766 or request an appointment now to schedule your consult with Dr. Zainey of InteCare, one of Ohio’s premier experts in medical marijuana.