Is smoking Marijuana bad for your body in the long term?

by BM Innovations on October 09, 2023

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug which was essentially used as a recreational drug. Still, with extensive research, scientists were able to figure out the health benefits associated with a controlled dose of THC.

Marijuana can be consumed in several products like smokables, vapes, concentrates, and edibles. No matter what type of cannabis product is used, there are short and long-term effects of using THC-rich marijuana. Pot users mostly prefer smoking marijuana as it offers the conventional high and creates the effects within a few minutes.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can interact with the CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoid makes strong bonds with the receptor, which is why it's addictive and causes numerous side effects if taken for a long time. Marijuana can be used to help the body in certain health conditions, including:

  • Pain associated with certain medical conditions
  • Inflammation
  • Glaucoma
  • Nausea caused by chemotherapy

Long-term effects of cannabis

Marijuana is addictive, which is why it also causes numerous severe withdrawal effects. THC-rich marijuana can cause side effects like:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Psychosis
  • Increased appetite
  • Hallucinations 

The long-term effects of marijuana are more severe. Heavy pot smokers may experience general and social anxiety. Studies also suggest that chronic marijuana use can also cause behavioral issues and mental illnesses like schizophrenia. It can also cause physical health issues like lung infections, improper prenatal development, and sperm motility. Teenagers usually suffer from amotivational syndrome, poor academic performance, and rapid energy loss.

It can also cause brain development issues in youngsters and strongly impact memory and cognitive function. Owing to these adverse health issues, medical marijuana is only recommended for life-threatening chronic health issues for which no OTC medicines or other instant cure exists.