Effects of Marijuana and Marijuana Side Effects

Effects of marijuana are generally thought of as positive but the effects of smoking weed and marijuana side effects can harm the health of the pot-user.

Effects of marijuana are typically related to the effects of smoking marijuana as that is the method most users choose. Effects of smoking marijuana, also known as the effects of smoking weed or the effects of smoking pot, can be devastating both to the health of the user and the user's life. Side effects of marijuana use, long term, can include increased risk of cancers and impaired cognition and memory.

Effects of Marijuana - Marijuana, Weed, Pot Effects

Effects of smoking weed include the desirable effects of marijuana, called the "high," and the negative effects of marijuana. In fact, some people experience the opposite effects of marijuana than others. For example, one person may find one of the effects of smoking weed to be relaxation while another person finds pot smoking effects to include anxiety and paranoia. Marijuana side effects also include marijuana withdrawal effects.

Marijuana (weed, pot) effects include:1

  • Feelings of intoxication and detachment
  • Relaxation
  • Intensified senses
  • Laughter, talkativeness
  • Decreased anxiety and alertness
  • Depression (read: depression and marijuana)
  • Pain
  • Increased sensations
  • Motor coordination problems
  • Anxiety, panic, paranoia
  • Altered perceptions
  • Mania
  • Psychosis

Effects of Marijuana - Side Effects of Weed, Pot, Marijuana

Marijuana (pot, weed) side effects are typically the impact of marijuana (weed, pot) effects compounded over time. Particularly harmful can be the side effects of smoking weed as these type of weed effects can be worse than those of smoking tobacco. Effects of smoking pot are, in part, due to the fact that pot cigarettes have three-times more tar than tobacco cigarettes and deposit one-third more tar in the respiratory system. Additional side effects of marijuana (weed, pot) include:

While there is no evidence that mental illness is a side effect of marijuana, it is known that mental illness often exists in pot smokers. However, a marijuana side effect is psychosis, and this is related to a greater incidence of schizophrenia. Worsening of psychotic symptoms is also a side effect of pot.

Effects of Marijuana - Smoking Weed, Pot, Marijuana Effects on Children Born to Pot-Using Mothers

The effects of smoking weed on children born to women who use marijuana during pregnancy can be lifelong. One permanent effect of marijuana is negatively impacted cognition and memory skills throughout the life of the child. Other effects of smoking weed during pregnancy on the baby include:

  • Low brithweight
  • Increased chance of cancer later in life
  • Greater chance of tremors and staring early in life
  • Low verbal and memory scores at age two

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Tracy, N. (2021, December 15). Effects of Marijuana and Marijuana Side Effects, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: December 30, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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