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is marijuana actually bad for you? Answered



Your question is vague, but consider these:

If someone self-medicates with marijuana instead of taking prescription-drugs (like tranquillisers) or taking therapy, the psychological benefits may be positive (as compared to being some kind of wreck otherwise)

If someone is artistic / creative their artistic output may be enhanced by altered states of mind.

It depends upon what you're looking at.


The real problems people have are in their heads, drugs/therapy/experience help or hinder, but a person really has to sort it out with themselves (not Mary-Jane). Or maybe some other woman....


That depends on whom you ask. If you ask a doctor, or a research biologist, or anyone who actually has knowledge of the chemicals involved and how they interact with humans, the answer will be a qualified "yes." If you ask some random user of marijuana, who doesn't have any actual data, they'll tell you "no."

There are a number of well known physical conditions for which marijuana is a useful medication for ameliorating symptoms (nausea and glaucoma are two of the most well know).

Recreational use of any drug (including alcohol, nicotine or caffeine) will have side effects, the severity of which depend on the quantity and frequency of use, as well as the individual's specific biochemistry. Whether you will experience all possible side effects depends on too many factors to be answered by random Internet questions. Go talk to your doctor.

Excellent answer...

I can vouch that users of marijuana will say it has no negative effects, even if it is very visible to you that their brains have suffered the consequences.

But what evidence do you have in he "big picture" to compare to other non-users? Stereotypes are not adequate here. Perhaps the cannabis user you know have actually done the research, and it is you perception of them that they are typical pot-heads.

What do you consider a "negative" effect, and what do you consider a "positive" effect?

Good answer. A few additional thoughts:

There really isn't an authoritative answer, because until very recently it was almost impossible to get government approval to conduct proper research on this topic. (The DEA was absolutely paranoid about the risk that some of the experimental material might be swiped for recreational purposes.) Ask again in five to ten years and you may get an answer that the medical profession is actually willing to stand behind.

Sensitivity to any drug (including to side effects) may vary from person to person.

There's also the question of "in what quantity, and compared to what." Anything can be overdone.

Current best-guess is that heavy use of marijuana *may* be less dangerous than heavy use of alcohol... as in, both can do bad things to your brain but the pot smokers are less likely to become physically addicted and more likely to recover if they stop using the stuff. But that's only an educated guess.

One major problem right now is that, because pot _is_ illegal, getting it may involve dealing with folks who it's a Really Bad Idea to get involved with. And the quality and purity will be questionable. I remember back when paraquat-tainted marijuana was on the market, and a group of MIT students worked out a "kitchen chemistry" test to check for that. (I don't even know whether any of them smoked the stuff; they just liked the challenge.)

I can vouch that I have a lot of friends who use.
I can state I know 2 personally who were heavy daily users and have become medicated diagnosed schizophrenics. Correlation does not imply Causation, but It's food for thought.

Many have no health problems also; so again, one cannot make the point yet based on my observations and non-clinical dataset.

Many pot users will argue 'its natural, of the earth, so it is good for me". The same can be said for poison ivy, almonds (cyanide), and millions of other natural killers. That doesn't even include the sub-compounds generated when you BURN those substances. It's relatively safe to eat many plants, but start them on fire, and breathe in the fumes -- then tell me how healthy that head of lettuce is now.

Correlation doesn't imply causation, as you say. In this case, interestingly, there's a fair amount of evidence that the causation runs the other way.

The incidence of substance abuse of any kind (alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, opiates, et seq.) among untreated individuals with mental health issues is quite high, significantly higher than in the general population. Such individuals, if they are able to maintain a successful treatment regimen, tend to reduce or eliminate their substance abuse as well.

The prevailing hypothesis for this connected behaviour is that the individuals were most likely self-medicating their mental health problem.

Health-wise, marijuana is much safer than alcohol and tobacco. Its too bad that the most common facts about marijuana tend to be so distorted that the truth becomes almost hard to believe. Did you know that studies have proven that daily marijuana use does NOT harm lung function at all? Probably not. Your best bet is to do your own research and remember to make sure that your sources are reliable.

THANK GOD somebody knows the actual facts. Every person I meet says "oh, pot is terrible" or "it'll kill you".

tobacco and alcohol are worse for you.

ay mun, dair be nutin rung wit smoken dem erb!
peace out.

A lot said and mainly objective. There seems to be a good medical opinion that if you are susceptible to mental health issues then pot may increase or accelerate the development.

One thing does tend to lead to another, partly because of the associates you meet, and partly to get a bigger effect.

Consider hard WHY you ask the question.

Is this underlining other deeper issues??

Hiding your head in the sand isn't a way to deal with life.

.  It depends on your definition of "bad"
.  Water is a necessity of life, yet too much water can kill you. Belladonna is a poison, yet it can be a valuable medicine.
.  From what I've read, the smoke is the worst part for you. THC (the major psychoactive component) is fairly benign in low doses.
.  IMNSHO, the main bad thing about marijuana is the fact that it is a very effective demotivater - stoners don't seem to get a lot done.

I've known serious "stoners" get a lot done, like looking after kids, running a house working etc.
They tend to say "I'll get this done and then I'll have another spliff" etc...


Marijuana had a bad reputation because it has been accused of being a "gateway drug" to other more dangerous and illicit drugs. Marijuana does have its side effects but compared to cocaine, crack and, heroine, it is relatively mild. Like any other substance marijuana's side effects vary according to length of use and, body's metabolism. Marijuana has medicinal properties, treating glaucoma and chronic pain. According to my doctor, marijuana could replace in some cases, antidepressants. One side effect of smoking marijuana is feeling paranoid, some side effects of antidepressants are thoughts of suicide and sleeplessnes. Like we see some things in this huge world of ours have their pros and cons.

Yes. Ask your doctor.