Tuesday September 16th 2014

Does marijuana cause brain damage?

We think so.

Current research on marijuana targets the long term effect of cannabis on the brain. Although there is no definite conclusion about the potential for brain damage, there does seem to be a link between heavy marijuana use and damage in brain function. We review here.

What parts of the brain does marijuana affect?

  1. basal ganglia
  2. cerebellum
  3. cortex
  4. hippocampus
  5. nucleus accumbens

Short term effects of marijuana on the brain

Most people know that marijuana can affect memory. Marijuana and memory are at the center of current research on THC (the main active chemical in marijuana) effects on the brain.  In fact, marijuana is already linked to decreased function of short term memory and has been found to impair a person’s ability to form new memories.   But marijuana also affects other function in the brain. How? THC binds to nerve cell receptors in the cerebellum and basal ganglia and can affect the brain. These chemical changes in the brain can result in:

  • decreased motivation
  • disrupted coordination and balance
  • hallucinations (in high doses)
  • impaired complicated tasks such as athletics and driving
  • impaired mental flexibility
  • impaired problem solving
  • impaired focus (inability to hold attention)
  • increased anxiety
  • paranoia
  • slower reaction time

Most of the effects of THC last only as long as you are high.  How long does weed stay in your system?  Although the effects of weed wear off after 3-4 hours, THC can be detected in your system for days or weeks after last use. But what happens if you use marijuana over time?

Long term effects of marijuana on the brain

Current research on marijuana attempts to track the long term effects marijuana has on brain cells, brain structure and brain function. Many researchers are most interested in the effects marijuana has on the brains of young people in adolescence, whose developing brains are vulnerable to drugs. Some fear that heavy marijuana use before age 21 can result in irreversible long term brain damage. Although this is only a theory, neuro-biological relationships between marijuana use and the brain have already shown that weed can affect:

Memory deficits – Persistent deficits in short term memory and information retention have been noted in chronic, heavy marijuana smokers (daily users) after 6 to 12 weeks of abstinence.

Mood disorders – Long term exposure to marijuana in the brain can permanently alter serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters associated with both anxiety and mood disorders. As a result, chronic marijuana use may make you more susceptible to developing mood disorders such as depression or panic attacks.

Impaired function – Chronic adolescents who started smoking weed before age 16 showed significantly impaired abilities to perform simple tasks compared to occasional marijuana users or adolescents who abstain. Mental flexibility and focus were the most notable functional differences.

Schizophrenia – Population studies reveal an association between cannabis use and increased risk of schizophrenia. How? Experts think that marijuana can trigger the onset or relapse of schizophrenia in people predisposed to it, perhaps also intensifying their symptoms.

Is brain damage from marijuana use reversible?

Some aspects of brain chemistry return to normal after you stop using marijuana. For example, cannabinoid receptors (involved in pleasure, appetite, and pain tolerance) decrease in number during chronic marijuana use but return to normal when you stop using weed. Some experts even think that cannabis has only benign effects on brain structure. However, research into the long term effects of marijuana on the brain is just beginning. And why risk a lifetime of permanent brain changes when you can alter your path now?

Do you have problems with marijuana?

If you think that you’re smoking too much weed, you probably are. But help is out there. Do you have questions about marijuana use? Do you want to stop smoking marijuana? Please leave your questions or comments here. We will answer you personally!

Reference sources: National Drug Intelligence Center info on marijuana
NIDA Research Report Series on Marijuana Abuse
Chronic Marijuana Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry from Join Together [dot] org
Marijuana use could cause permanent brain damage

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109 Responses to “Does marijuana cause brain damage?
Will
2:38 pm September 12th, 2011

So much information always being found with the affects of marijuana. Amazing article and read. Thank you.

No seeds
11:24 pm September 25th, 2011

I smoke weed everyday and I have not yet been not able to spell correctly. I t is not set in stone that marijuana causes brain damage just a simple myth and propaganda!

bryan
4:10 pm December 13th, 2011

i started to smoke weed at the age of 13. i stopped at the age of 19.. it really affects our brain…. until now, i’m suffering….information about how the marijuana affects the brain and of course, the effects… it’s a big help…. i learned a lot from this…..

10:33 am December 14th, 2011

Hi Bryan. Thanks for sharing your experiences about the damage caused by smoking weed. How can we help you? Do you want to seek medical help?

FullNelson
1:28 pm January 17th, 2012

Hi! I’m using cannabis when I was 17, and now I’m 25. It has began taking my memori few years ago. Last 3 year it’s daily smoking 1 pot at least. Do you have any advice how to stop it, beside having prof. medical care?

4:04 pm January 17th, 2012

Hi FullNelson.

Thanks for your question.

When I stopped smoking marijuana, I was truly ready. I was at the end of the line, always tired, getting sick and becoming a person I did not want to be. I stopped with support from friends and I joined a 12 step group. But I also learned a lot about the brain and what happens during addiction. This helped me understand what compelled my use. I also took a look at the reasons why I was smoking (family and personal issues) and saw a counselor/psychologist to talk things out.

You can do the same thing. Let me know if you’re interested in learning more. I can refer you to services and resources near you.

FullNelson
6:24 pm January 17th, 2012

Thank’s for advices, I appreciate it. Maybe you could describe your personal experience through resolving the adiction problem. I’m very interested in that issue becous obviestly I have a problem and I’m trying to find most effective solution. And definetly I’m gona consider this when I start. And I’m specialy interested if it’s possible to go without 12 step program?

Gladis Zarrabi
8:48 am February 3rd, 2012

As a cannabis use to another we ought to try and protect a person’s privileges, And try to legalize Medical related Weed all over the place. That means it can be easier to get a person’s medication, while not having to worry regarding your legal system.

Bob
2:21 pm February 13th, 2012

I have smoked regularly from the age of 20-25 but stopped about 3 months ago. I have noticed less energy throughout the day and less enjoyment with the little things in life. Is it possible the longer I abstain the better these areas will get, or return to normal? Are most of these negative effects in fact reversible? Any research to back it? Thanks for the help

4:28 pm February 13th, 2012

Hi Bob. I don’t know yet. Let me do some research and get back to you. Lee @ AB

weedme
4:51 pm February 19th, 2012

hogwash, smoke weed everyday..

1:59 pm February 22nd, 2012

Hi Bob. I was looking into scientific articles about marijuana use, dependence and withdrawal. I found this NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) website that can refer you to more information about treating protracted withdrawal from marijuana: http://m.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/marijuana.

I can tell you from personal experience that after almost 9 years off weed, I have increased my energy and am able to relate more clearly with myself and my environment than when I was smoking chronically. This has come with time and with discipline. I had to re-discover how to feel good about life without weed, but this discovery has come gradually and organically.

Does this help?

1:20 pm March 14th, 2012

I found some more information about reversing cognitive deficits of marijuana in the book, “College Drinking and Drug Use” (2011). Although there is little current research about abstinence and cognitive function, the outlook is good. Subtle recovery of of cognitive functioning occurs slowly as abstinence periods increase.

abstinence from weed results in improved executive functioning
3 weeks off weed: improved verbal working memory in adolescents
6 weeks off weed: short term memory loss mildly improved in teens
3 months off weed: no cognitive difference between adolescent marijuana smokers and control group

Phibez
3:40 pm May 18th, 2012

I was chronic for most of 30 years, even used to grow it for selling, I read the Qur’an and stopped smoking weed and drinking alcohol at once. After some sort of “awakening” it was like the easiest thing to do even though I had secretly feared giving up weed for so long, the whole illusion just went up in smoke. After a few days of not much appetite and a couple of sleepless nights.. I feel great now. Straight is the new High !

11:18 am May 21st, 2012

Hi Phibez. Thanks for sharing more about withdrawing from weed. I can totally relate with the fear of facing life without weed. It was such a great screen/filter for reality! I wish you the best in your new drug free life.

concerned dad
9:54 pm August 6th, 2012

Hi, I just discovered that our 18 year old son has been smoking weed for more than a year. I’ve noticed his energy level has plummeted. He’s been sleeping until 1, 2 even 4:30 and 8:30 pm. He says we don’t understand. He’s an artist and there is no proof that marijuana has any kind of effect on him or his brain. He’s also taking ritlin ()sp) and generic zolof. He says he suffers from depression and anxiety. What can I do to convince him to quit. His propensity to lie to us has increased.

2:03 am August 8th, 2012

Hi concerned dad. You certainly have reason for concern. But you may not have the power to change or control your son’s behavior.

Hmmm. You’re asking: “How can I convince someone to stop taking mood enhancing pharmaceutical drugs combined with weed?” Until your son wants to stop on his own, what can you really do? You can set boundaries for what you allow to happen while he lives with you (if he does). You can be a mirror for him and outline your very specific concerns (as they relate to you, your relationship with him, etc.) You can plan an intervention to try to get him to seek help for addiction to mood altering chemicals. But otherwise, your son is going to make his own choices.

Have you considered looking into Al-Anon for yourself? You need support, too!

joebob
9:55 am August 10th, 2012

junk science and irresponsible conclusions based off of junk science.

Daniel
6:30 am August 20th, 2012

I’ve been smoking every day for roughly 5 months now, I have an IQ of 153, and I believe I know my mind pretty well. My memory is mildly impaired, generally only in short term (remembering a plot twist in a tv show.) However, this effect is mitigated by a 3 day tollerance break.

Joe Pa
2:47 am August 24th, 2012

All of this is poor research on the topic. Marijuana does not cause long term effects. You say we think so in the first sentence. Thinking is not knowing. There are no sources or relevant research to these statements which makes them invalid. For all I know, you are just someone typing up things that sound like they make sense. Correct me if i’m wrong.

9:51 am August 24th, 2012

Hi Joe Pa. Yes, you are incorrect. The reference sources for this article are listed (and linked to) at the end of the article before the comments.

Joe Pa
10:21 pm August 25th, 2012

In neither of those articles do they state anything about long term memory deficit. The changes in seretonin levels and norepinephrine levels were in a study of adolescent nondeveloped rats. How can you compare that to saying a grown human will have the same effects? I mean shoot, if you have a kid also under 16 drinking a lot of coffee, there are guaranteed to be some side effects! The only relevant long term effects i saw in the list on that research were chronic coughing and increased risk of schizophrenia in individuals already susceptible. Also in the long term effects in that article, it said can lead to addiction. There are no withdrawal symptoms like with alcohol and cigarettes. So all in all, I vape my medical marijuana and I never experience any sort of chronic coughing and I never have any sort of *schizophrenia*. And not once did I come home and think “wow I really need to get high”. I go multiple days without using and the only reason I use again is for pain management, not because its *addicting*. Please do some research on the benefits because it is a completely safe way for me to deal with pain without using all those chemically engineered pills. I’d welcome your opinion.

Maria
9:21 am September 22nd, 2012

I agree with joe pa bkus 3 days ago I was feeling lazy bkus I smoked bt now I feel okay nd way more active so mabe its just that temporary feeling we get wen we smoke a lot bt wen we stop we’re bak to normal.

Steve
4:09 am September 25th, 2012

I have heard, just from a friend (who heard it from an article in their anti-drug high school group 10 years ago), that marijuana (he said when smoked more than once-a-week) affects your serotonin levels long-term/permanantly. Can you link me to articles that talk about serotonin levels and marijuana? I know it can be depleted by cannabis use – but my understanding was that serotonin can be replenished by the body.

8:03 am September 26th, 2012

Hi Steve. Sure. You can search for the following keywords in your internet browser and be connected with dozens of studies on serotonin and marijuana:

site:.gov marijuana serotonin

Legalzemarijuana
4:20 am September 27th, 2012

really? rehab for marijuana?(only rehab I could think for marijuana is giving methylphenidate medicine like concerta to help stop your eating, which is worse than marijuana)

Marijuana is not addicting, you can’t overdose( I tried it, I just threw up), not a gateway drug( only when its illegal its a gateway drug), a diet coke is more harmful than marijuana.

Yet, we have the retarded alcoholic beverage commercials that tell us it’s okay to drink your beer and contribute to the 90,000 of deaths in the U.S and 150,000 end up in the hospital, and alcohol is legal? its all about the money, same for the tobacco companies(I really haven’t seen a tobacco commercial in a while) tobacco kills 500,000 people each year(nicotine is the most addictive drug)

Mel
2:26 am October 3rd, 2012

So what if you consume herb for medical purposes? Studies have shown it curing cancer. Smoking is bad but edible or even a pill form? It’s medicine.

curious teen
3:55 pm October 7th, 2012

i have been reading through all these comments and there making me feel a lot better, iv been smoking weed since i was around 13, im 15 now, 16 in 4 months and i have suddenly been having these weird thoughts that i am going to starve, i dont usually smoke it in joints, mostly lungs ect. i noticed this 2 days ago when i was high, i started getting very paranoid and didnt want to be in public, i stayed at my friends house that night because i was freaking out, the next day i was smoking it because i was at this party, i only had a about a joint, but then the paranoia started to come back and i didnt want to be around the people i was with, i was shaking like mad thinking i was eventually going to starve myself, the last time i smoked it was yesterday day, this has scared me so much that i dont even want to smoke it again, i have stopped shaking but im still very curious on what this is, is it all in my head? will it go away? and with time will i get better? can you give me a few suggestions on how i can help myself?

12:44 pm October 17th, 2012

Hello curious. It’s possible that you were smoking either very potent doses of THC or a joint mixed with some other kind of chemical compound. While cases of hallucination on marijuana are rare, they do occur. The uncomfortable thinking patterns that you fear you may be developing can also be a way that your subconscious mind is communicating to you: in other words, it might be time to stop or significantly cut back.

I’d suggest that you talk with a psychiatrist (if you can) about the symptoms that you experience. Full disclosure is always necessary to get medical help, and particularly in conditions that include the mind. I wish that I could provide some comforting news for you, but the truth is that it’s not really clear WHAT is going on: and that there could be co-occuring issues that require a mental health diagnosis.

mexweed
12:49 am October 24th, 2012

@ curious teen was the first writer that detailed method of administration, certainly a joint yields some THC vapor but destroys much more through hurried combustion. Hopefully besides the abstinence idea we can learn more about how to use vaporizers.

Legalzemarijuana
12:46 am October 26th, 2012

Now, even mushrooms are not harmful a.k.a psilocybes or shrooms, though they are more intoxicating than marijuana, but not alcohol

Legalzemarijuana
12:51 am October 26th, 2012

its the way the user thinks, while they are on that drug, if you control your thinking, you won’t have a bad trip, you just have to realize when your on shrooms or marijuana, you have to realize the effects and predict what is going to happen, you shouldn’t be paranoid, or freak out, just go with it, thats how I took my first bong hit. for the mental illnesses likes when psychedlics like LSD or Shrooms or even Marijuana cause schizophrenia, this is bolonge, because its the your thinking you are schizophrenic when your really not, its all in your mind when it comes down to it.

tom
9:45 pm November 8th, 2012

Hi, I started smoking weed from the age of 14 and stopped recently i’m now 30, I was a little worried about the effect on my respiratory system(if i spelt that right), so I quit tobacco a few weeks later as well. I get bad anxiety and panic attacks that i’ve learnt how to calm myself down from, with breathing and sometimes walking, I tell myself it will pass with time as its obviously withdrawal symptoms, but lately i’ve been thinking of trying st johns wart, as something of a stabilizer to support through this rough period of time. anything that you might have to say regarding my situation or advice i’d be grateful to hear, like if there’s something i should consider that i’m not seeing or whatever..

family of 3
7:57 pm November 10th, 2012

Thank you for your information, my husband has been smoking weed since he was 12 and he is now 28. It has ruined our lives. It is an addictive drug and he can not function with out it. If i would have known what we would go thru i would never have married him. I love him but we go through hell almost every single day if he is out. We have been married seven years and have two daughters four and 6 months old. I have seen the effects of marijuana first hand and want you all to know that in the long run its not worth it! I want the man I love back, but I know he would chose weed over his family any day. Thanks again for the information.

1:16 pm November 13th, 2012

Hi Tom. While St. John’s Wort can be a treatment for some types of depressive disorders, it has not been a proven therapy for such. And it can also interact with other medications. Check out this review of St. John’s Wort for more information:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm

Kyle
9:14 pm November 20th, 2012

I’m 14 years old, smoke weed everyday, and have an iq of 121, from what my doctor told me, that’s really high, and ive been smoking weed for about 2 years, i personally think it effects people differently, the only thing ive noticed, is everything seems fake! but i also have to take adhd meds.. but can you plz tell me a term for that, i think its called depersonalization.. but im not sure

LifeWithoutWeed
2:22 pm December 4th, 2012

Hi all,

I (and my husband) are living proof of the fact that a lot of what is described above is true. My husband has been a chronic weed smoker since the age of 14 (now 28). When I met him 4 years ago, I stupidly started up too. I quit about 4 months ago and it is honestly one of the best things I have ever done. My memory has improved, I can analyze and generally think better, am by far not as lazy and have plenty more energy and I can feel emotions again the way I’m supposed to be feeling them…the list goes on. Side effects for me have been negligable, but I guess that’s also due to the fact I haven’t been smoking for 15+ years, like some.

I was hoping that my quitting would encourage my husband to follow suit, but no luck so far. In his case, the assumption that smoking weed can help cause mental disorders in people with a predisposition for it is definitely true! He has bipolar disorder, which runs in his family, but strangely enough none of his 4 brothers have developed the disease (all non-pot smokers, apart from one who only smokes occasionally). I fully believe that the emotional and mental issues he is experiencing now are partly due to pot and made worse by still smoking. He has severe memory problems, lack of energy and motivation, emotional flatness and can often not think deeply about anything or analyze stuff in his brain.

Family of 3, I totally understand. I’m having the same problems you are having. My husband has changed as a person since when I met him and I, too, would like the person back that I married.

young lady
1:25 am December 11th, 2012

Thanks so much, it’s been great reading this article and all the comments following. I am not a smoker myself but I have been with my boyfriend for about 2 years now and when we met he was smoking off and on. He’s been clean for many months now and our relationship couldn’t be better. He is generally more happy and is working diligently at his new job. When he was smoking he literally did nothing but sit around all day. It’s like he’s a completely different person when he smokes ~ Joyous to see the damage can be reversed.
It can be done!!

otzy
4:15 pm December 14th, 2012

Question and idk.

I heavilysmoked marijuana for about 2 years. In general id average about an eighth (about 3.5gs) of weed a day. Ive been sober for quite awhile now but ive noticed that my memory retention is severely shot. Do you guys have any recommendations to improve my memory from scratch again? If you could help at all id really appreciate it. Please reply to my e-mail if possible.

Kyle
9:15 pm December 17th, 2012

i smoke about an 8th a day also.
i have honor roll,
in my opinion, its the individual who uses it, it effects people differently,
my friend will hit it once and be stoned for hours and is completely stupid, i can maintain myself and be calm.
IT EFFECTS PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY

Troubled user
11:27 pm December 18th, 2012

I have a been a chronic heavy user of marijuana since I was 14 and am now 19. I have to some extent, all of the symptoms of addiction. I have tried several times to quit but I have not been successful. I need help quitting because I can’t just not buy it. I get very irritable, I feel dull and numb and I convince myself that I have to have it and before I can tell myself no,I’m smokin a fatty blazed out of my mind. Please respond with any suggestions.

10:04 am December 19th, 2012

Hi Troubled. I’d suggest that you call the National Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP to learn more about drug rehabs or MJ-specific treatment centers that can help you address the psychological reasons you use marijuana. It’s more that just abstinence. It’s about getting to know yourself (and to love yourself) again.

Kathy
7:44 pm December 22nd, 2012

Was prescribed mj for arthritis pain. Smoked several times a day for a period of 10 weeks….found myself severely addicted. Knew I had to quit. Quitting caused severe anxiety, could barely stay in my skin…..severe sleep disturbances…severe irritability. After about 3 months most of the the symptoms went away when I exercised for a couple of hours daily. It was a horrible horrible withdrawal and of course I vowed that I would NEVER do it again. Now, I find myself wanting to smoke….its been about 7 months or so. I don’t drink or smoke cigs…tell me how I should not start again. PLEASE!
Addicted to everyting.

Kathy
10:36 pm December 22nd, 2012

I would like to thank “Lifewithoutweed” for posting…..what she did about her experiences. That has helped me make a decision at least for this day. Her husband sounds just like me, even though I smoked it for a very short period of time. My family also has a predisposition to bipolarism. I knew I was out of control so I got it back while I still could.
Thank you for your blog.

far away
9:52 am January 2nd, 2013

Hello,

I am writing this out of desperation. I am depressed, anxious, and smoking weed on a daily basis. I have been taking Citalopram for over a year now (when I remember to, that is). Smoking is taking a giant tole on my life, but I feel out of control…I can’t stop. Negative thoughts and emotions push me to light up again and again. It’s so strange because I smoke to alleviate stress and discomfort, but much of the stress and discomfort comes from smoking weed in the first place. And yet, knowing this, I am still incapable of staying weed-free for more than 24 hours.

I live very far away from home. I have delayed the completion of my master’s degree by 2 semesters. I am rarely sober long enough to do anything productive. I am smoking as I type this.

11:39 am January 2nd, 2013

Hi Far Away. You can call 1-800-662-HELP to talk with someone from the National Drug Abuse Hotline and ask where to go for help. It’s free and anonymous, and you can get referrals to both treatment centers and local resources. If you’re ready to quit, there is help out there.

Steve
9:34 pm January 4th, 2013

Hi, I’m a highschool kid, i started smoking weed at the age of 15, halfway into freshmen year. I was arguably one of the smartest kids in that school. I could outargue anyone, i spoke to my teachers as equals, because i really believed it. My brain worked at a very fast speed, i could prove any point i made, i could prove a point that was false, i was an artist at words. That ended after i began smoking large blunts. I stopped talking to people, because i was too lazy to make the effort. usually, talking came at no effort at all, then suddenly, i actually became annoyed at the prospect of speaking, it was weird, but i didnt notice that change take place. a year and a half after i began smoking.
Then, after awhile, it became a chore to talk. Now i never mentioned this before, but my memory was always bad, and i thought nothing of it. I would have strings of speech,and then it was blank, i forgot my next point. Its terrible.i had to resort to actually summarizing everything i say, shorten it to fit my new memory capacity, and its difficult to adjust. Recently, i smoked a medium sized bong rip, it fucked me up, i had red vision, i puked, and could barely speak. it would take me a good 5 seconds to reply to anything said to me, and as opposed to the past, i can only pay attention to one thing at a time. I used to suffer from add as a kid and grew out of it, yet the weed seems to have woken it up again. I undestand everything i hear, yet cannot think of a reply, i cannot conversate, im 17. I stopped smoking weed, but im afraid the effects are permanant, because i feel like i have entered a permanant high, the sleepy, depressing kind, not the euphoric, happy kind. Is this temporary? do i need to wait a month to feel better? or is this forever? am i stupid now? now that i want to talk, i cant. i cannot suggest new topics of conversations, i can only add on to others. recently, ive been getting headaches after i smoked, ones that ive barely noticed until they were too late, what happened to my brain?

annie
1:12 pm January 5th, 2013

hey ive been smoking weed so much i guess i can say im in luv with it but it really gets in the way of things for me the fact tht its illegal for me and causes other issues with my parents i didnt wanna stop smokin but untill yesterday …… i smoked some thin called girl scout cookies i been smokin this cuz i had bought an oz or two nd it contains high levels of THC and so its been 3 months for me smokin this dro and just all of the sudden yesterday i only smoked a gram and i had the weirdest most messed up halucination i jst hot boxed in my bathroom and i came out lookin at the mirror and saw orange checkered cubes slowly breaking down and its so hard to explain like nvr have i been getting this high b4 idk wat the fuck this was i cant explain all of it but i felt as if i could c the light and tht i wass gnna die so i prayed and waited it out but idk man i need help its been more than 3 years smokin nd i only had a 2 mnth tolerence break 3 mnths ago

Legalzemarijuana
12:57 am January 11th, 2013

for all those people complaining that marijuana ruins their life or is addicting, you let it ruin your life and you make it addicting your self. if marijuana is addicting for you or ruins your life don’t use it because I smoke weed every weekend im a college student, infact I vaporize it more often for healthier effects. i haven’t smoked weed in 4 days i woke up this morning and thought to my self I can easily stop smoking marijuana, I didn’t even want to smoke this weekend when I woke up, but I choose to keep doing it for my 3 years, I agree that only adults should smoke it 18+ your okay. (brain developed, ect.) 1. I have no memory problems, 2. I’m not addicted 3. I don’t have schizophrenia 4. I do have anxiety when it comes to math test, Ive struggled with math tests all my life or in general tests with me having anxiety so I know marijuana doesn’t worsen that. the drug its self is not addicting, Caffeine is more addictive than marijuana, marijuana does not cause long term brain damage or memory loss, it may cause memory loss when your on it, it doesn’t for me though.

Kyle
9:09 pm January 16th, 2013

LEGALIZE IT, if not, DECRIMINALIZE IT

Twiddled Soul
5:35 pm January 18th, 2013

I graduated highschool with a 3.8 GPA without ever actually making an effort to study diligiently. I’m not saying that to boast; hell, I’m anonymous, but because I miss being that person. I could just focus in class and retain all the important information that I needed for the exams. I rarely studied outside of class except for homework. Life truly was great but I took it all for granted. After graduation, I moved to the dorms at a university and smoked my first bowl (bole?, never quite figured that one lol) of weed with natty, who is one of my really good friends to this day. Since that fateful evening (exactly 6 years, 4 months, and 23 days ago; I used an online days calculator haha), I haven’t gone more than 40 hours without smoking. I have no doubt that it affected my memory, my persona, my social skills, my relationship with everyone that i’ve ever loved and been loved by, and my life. I graduated college with a 3.02 GPA after it plunged to 1.66 after the end of my sophmore year. Yes, it took me six years, two major changes, and a constant battle with weed, to graduate. In the process, I’ve lost so much that I don’t even know where to begin. Even though I wanted to major in english literature, the constant smoking instilled within me an inferiority complex. I still write sometimes but its rare because I can’t write when I’m high. The words just don’t come :( and it saddens me. It rips apart my ego and the only thing that makes me feel better is, yep, more smoking. It’s so weird how we know whats causing our demise but we continue to indulge in it. I majored in engineering instead. Not because I thought I would do any better or that its easier (hell, its a lot more difficult) but it doesn’t require as much creativity as writing poetry and good prose did. It’s straightforward albeit tedious and difficult work and the job market is good. Sorry about rambling on and on incoherently but my point is, It has literally taken the life out of me. I feel like an empty shell. I want to be like I used to be. I used to radiate life and happiness and people loved me. Now, I’m very sordid and discreet and just very awkward and creepy in general always fearful of people judging me or looking down on me and things of that sort. Since my job began and I entered the real world (about 6 months ago), I’ve been seriously considering quitting and have done so for a day or two but never more. The only person who can help me is me and I’m not here for advice. It just feels good to spill it all out anonymously. I want to change. I want to be the happy kid I once was, full of life, always smiling and radiating happiness, and being myself and I hope I will soon.

Billy
10:10 am January 23rd, 2013

I started smoking weed when I was about 9 years old and all that I noticed is very slight memory loss (Probably not from smoking marijuana). and to even think that you can get addicted to marijuana is just ridiculous, there have been times where I didn’t smoke for weeks at a time and I did not feel like i needed to smoke and i didn’t start stealing shit and selling it to buy more weed like other actual drug addicts. and also there is nothing addictive in marijuana

Nelsonpro93
9:07 pm January 23rd, 2013

I’m sick of people saying marijuana can Cause addiction, or says its not healthy. By not healthy I hope you mean joints, and bongs. I vaporize marijuana everyday and bake brownies every weekend, i attend community college, and work part time, I’m 19 years old. Been using it since I was 18, nothing about my motivation changed, I’m not like sacrificing my friends or job for marijuana. Marijuana is more healthier and safer than caffiene, I also think of marihuana as the humans catnip. Case closed

Nelsonpro93
9:18 pm January 23rd, 2013

To follow up my last comment, people say that they don’t need “drugs” to improve their life. FYI the Ritalin or ADHD medicine, perhaps any drug that people take daily whether its for stress, blood pressure, ect. You my friends, are using “drugs” to improve your life. If people look at marijuana like prescription medications (even though majority of prescription medicines have more harmful side effects than what ever that person is treating, doctors make huge money off over-counter medications) Okay, another example alcohol kills 90,000 people per year in the U.S, but you still see alcohol being used and it kills tons of people! same with tobacco, to sum up all these analogies, Money is the drive for every company/person/item, they don’t care if it kills 500,000 people per year or 90,000 per year, they will do anything for money and lots of it. end of the story

milo
11:46 am January 25th, 2013

been smoking weed for 22 years every day im fit and healthy also very motivated weed is not a drug of addiction its harder to give up sugar or coffee .

Fayt
6:57 pm January 30th, 2013

I would have to strongly disagree. I suppose it differs from person to person but as the article suggests, and the human anatomy itself, it does more harm than good. A temporal “high” everyday for 22 years is certainly permanently imbueing your brain to behave differently than it naturally should. Now, it may be the case that you’re intellectually above average but it’s still demeaning your potential. There is just no way in the world that it hasn’t altered your brain function in some ways or created a dependency (even if it is simply a psychological one). There’s a reason you haven’t gone a day without it.

vaxo
12:36 am January 31st, 2013

I got a High dose of marijuana and a got damaged brain tissue, I received a dementia.
Sometimes I Forget my name, last name and I cannot count the mathematical And so on…

Tell me what to do.

Kyle
8:32 pm January 31st, 2013

Lol yeah i Have to take ADHD medication, (Vyvanse 70mg) and by far that is more dangerous on the mind/body than marijuana.
marijuana is a mind altering drug, therefore, you can only ‘want’ to smoke it, opposed to pills and like painkillers that make your body addicted to them not your mind ( i used to abuse oxys/vicodin/xanex bars ) lol, might think that im some messed up kid, but honestly, i stopped that nonsense, and stay GREEN!

Kyle
8:33 pm January 31st, 2013

and get those good grades/girls, ;) cause remember, school is more important than weed, smoke after school kids, not before, believe me, im a freshmen and i even know that.

julia
1:25 am February 3rd, 2013

i have smoked weed through a bong and i have high anxiety and bipolar. after i smoked 2 times from the bong the 2nd time after i smoked i felt completely disconnected from the world around me, felt disconnected from my body and i had a severe panic attack for 2 hours. now its what the 3rd day after and i feel dizzy and sometimes i feel like i am going have another panic attack. i am on several different medications as well. lamotrigine (generic for lamictal) quetipin (generic for seroquel) fluoxetine (generic for prozac) and i am one day multivitamin for women as well as implanon (inserted birth control). now will the dizziness and panic attack feelings go away or will i always have them? btw i wont be smoking pot ever cuz its not good for my mental health

Zaphod
10:54 pm February 19th, 2013

This article is so poorly sourced. The second source is 3 paragraphs long and is about a study on “18 adolescent rats”. It says that the rats had reduced mental abilities later in life. Well 18 rats is a pretty insignificant number in scientific studies. Also they assume that rat brains and human brains are similar enough for extreme conclusions. And the findings hold true in humans there is still no medical reason adults shouldn’t be allowed to use marijuana.
Also this source is Drugfree.org which is hardly an unbiased reference.

The first source is rather well sourced. However this article seems quite lazy in that they reference secondary source material rather than the sources at the end of that article. The article finds that smoking can harm your lungs but ignores the use of marijuana in ways that don’t involve combustion.
Then it says there is a statistical correlation between schizophrenia and marijuana use in a small minority of the population with a genetic predisposition towards schizophrenia. Correlation does not equal causation. Also if in this case it does it exists in a minority of the population while the remaining members would have no increased risk of schizophrenia.
Then it goes on to claim that marijuana can affect your ability to drive a car. I suggest we outlaw alcohol as well.
It then suggests that marijuana can make you lazier and stupider and somewhat depressed. How one can test for these things is beyond me. It seems like some former users were bellyaching and whining about things that are probably within their control. Also compared to alcohol or cigarettes these symptoms are quite mild.

This is one of the most pessimistic outlooks on marijuana use that you can find today. No real argument is presented as to why adults shouldn’t be allowed to use marijuana.

Mike
5:53 pm April 6th, 2013

Almost all people who become ‘addicted’ have a hole in their life that they’re trying to replace by smoking weed, and when the weed kicks in, it really does fill in that hole, but when you lose the high, you begin to feel that hole come onto yourself again. This right here is how you will either become dependent or independent.. whatever you think about first that gets you down right after you get high is the area of life that you must go and fix and help yourself not smoke another bowl to fill in that gap in your life again.. its just like alcohol, you forget your problems but once they come back its so easy to just smoke another.. but when they come back just use this knowledge to go make your life better so that you don’t get addicted.. and for all you people that ‘smoke a bong’ and pass out and throw up, shut the fuck up. just everybody be smart and stop blaming marijuana for your problems.. god made it for a reason and you should all understand that its not to drag you into the life of drugs, its not to make you have a dependency, its to help you open your eyes to the world around you.. nobody talks about the good effects on threads like these because nobody who smokes regularily and understands weed for what it really is needs to look on pages like these but I wanted to see how wrong everybody is about all of it..

Mike
6:02 pm April 6th, 2013

and people need to realize that its not marijuana that’s to blame for their loss in creative interests, its the fact that they’re growing up and little childish things they used to enjoy are becoming obsolete, strictly because that’s what should happen to everybody as they make the transition from child to adult, and since marijuana does cause SOME, ONLY SOME paranoia in most people who smoke, people begin to wonder if they have something wrong with them and they blame it on whatever ‘bad’ stuff society has convinced them they are ‘abusing’. I wouldnt even say it is paranoia, more of a stage of deep thought and understanding of society as a whole and for fellow cheeseheads out there, sondering.

That Colombian Guy
5:40 am April 20th, 2013

I started smoking pot at the age of 14 on christmas with sis, Due to family issues i had no choice but to stop smoking at 15.. After only 8 months I unthouhgtfully toke a hit because i wanted to. Into my late 16s kept smoking all day everyday maybe a 7 month relapse and a couple of months where I actually did stop for days and days. Its been 4 years Im 18 and ive had all the problems you can imagine but i know deep in my head that when i dont smoke. I alter my imagination. my real fresh air imagination. and even as i know this i still choose to smoke and get high… i want to stop.. but theres two sides of me… today i declare my problem and tomorrow i declare happy 4/20!

Jayson
5:04 pm April 27th, 2013

Thank you, Zaphod, for pointing out the ridiculous flaws in this article. I have done immense amounts of research into this topic as I enjoy using marijuana occasionally, but did not want to risk impairments to my cognitive functions as I am entering into a highly cognitive field and cannot afford memory problems and the like. I have 2 points to make.

Through all my research, I have never found a single piece of CONCRETE evidence that suggests marijuana affects the brain negatively. What I have actually found is that through mild use (I think it was once a week max), some cognitive functions actually improved in one study compared to those who do not smoke. Then heavy smokers scored about on par with those who do not. The only studies that show negative affects are ridiculous, such as one in which they quite literally suffocated test monkeys with a continuous supply of marijuana smoke, depriving them of oxygen. Experiments like this aren’t even comparable to the real world scenario.

Secondly, the typical users of marijuana give it a terrible stigma. I noticed even some of the posts on here (especially the ones who fail to spell even one word correctly) that claim marijuana has negative affects simply can’t be taken seriously. If you have an IQ of 40, don’t try and argue that on of your habits has no affect on your intelligence. It’s laughable.

In conclusion, I am living proof that marijuana use can be used responsibly, and does not make you stupid. I should note that I am not a ‘frequent’ user, as in I don’t smoke it daily or even weekly, I do use it and have experienced no negative side affects as a result. Take articles like this with a grain of salt.

morriss
4:03 pm May 30th, 2013

hi, i have been smoking weed for 20 years now.. but i quit for the past 3 months. so happy iv done it.. :-) the only problem im having is with my mood swings and lack in concentrating and feel tired all the time..

are the going to go away…??? im starting to panik now.. not feeling myself again after all these months…

thanks for your help

9:16 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Morriss. Speaking from personal experience :), it took about 6-12 months for me to feel fully “awake” again after getting off weed. Give it some time, get a regular exercise regime, and maybe look into nutritional supplements like ginko for memory. These things helped me.

Nat
5:09 am July 1st, 2013

I’ve smoke Marijuana (hydro) multiple times a day from the age of 14-30. I’ve quit 5 times (during each pregnancy) I wanted to give up for years but found every time I wanted to I’d smoke more. I have recently quit cold turkey it’s been just over 3 months now and for some reason i haven’t craved it at all. There’s been times where I think to myself, oh I’d be having a sesh rite now. Usually it’s a stress relief. I have found that I can still have a good nites sleep but there’s a lot of dreaming. Seem to be more tired than when I smoked it. My eating is still the same. I find I have less motabolism since quitting. I do get hot and cold shivers at times but think its when I’m due for my monthlys. Lol. I feel my short term memory isn’t so good anymore. But long term memory is fine. I do feel I’m a little bit constipated although I eat healthy min 3 times a day. I get dizzy at times like I’m on a high (tripping out). I have put probably 6kgs on since quitting. I just feel worse now than when I smoked minus the headaches. I don’t understand how it can have this much of an affect still 3 months on. Am I ever going to feel Norman again!!!

2:00 pm July 1st, 2013

Hi Nat. I’ve heard that it can take 6 months or more for marijuana to completely leave the system after years of chronic use. I found for myself that getting a better memory requires practice. And that cravings and associated side effects were resolved one year after cessation. Speak with your doctor or a psychologist for more information.

Family of four
12:21 am July 4th, 2013

Remember anyone can get addicted to ANYTHING. Marajuana is addicting to my husband. We will be married 8 years and over the years I have seen the side effects of smoking everyday. His short term memory is awful. It has gotten worse. He has outbreaks of anxiety and is a jerk when he doesnt have any. he would lie and risk our marriage for one more hit. He has started going to addiction classes at our local church and is down to smoking once a week or less. He says he feels better (more energy) he can think straighter as well. Don’t get me wrong it was really hard for him and it took some time. Know your boundaries and please think of the long term effects. Anything is possible through GOD.

phil
1:00 am July 28th, 2013

I have started heavily smoking marijuana about 2 years ago (i was 17, i am now 19) and i can tell you for SURE that marijuana DID affect me in a bad way. Now, dont get me wrong, i LOVE the effect of the drug and do not prohibit the use of it. But heavy use of the drug can lead to a whole set of aweful experiences. After 2 years of heavy use, i started having panic attacks (which i never had before, and trust me, you dont wanna live those) and i felt like i could not feel pleasure anymore (anhedonia,often linked with ADHD and marijuana use, which i am suffering of). I have completely stopped taking the drug for over a week now since i could not even enjoy taking it anymore. I still feel like i cant feel pleasure, but the panic attacks stopped. I am a little worried that my condition will last and i have a hard time finding articles on similar experiences.

severit
7:10 pm July 31st, 2013

I think the possible neurogenesis effects of cannabis should be at least addressed in this article. I am a chronic smoker, since 17, and I do not feel ‘slower’ or incapable. If you let yourself become lazy and stupid you will become that, mj or not. You can love weed it gets you to higher places if you let it :)

Saim
3:53 pm November 28th, 2013

im daily hash smoker rather u can say im chain hash-smoker (4 years has passed in this dangerous disease). I want to stop it at once, but i felt it is impossible to give up.
no doubt, article is informative. But there no solution is given to give up hash-smoking. im very much disturbed & in remained in tension always. plz give me a solid solution to get ride from hashshshhshsh.
thanks in advance
saim

7:18 pm December 2nd, 2013

Hi Saim. Do you live in state where medical marijuana is legal? It may be possible to get a prescription for Dronabinol if you’re seriously physically dependent on hashish. If you cannot get help for withdrawal in the pharmaceutical sense, seek help for psychological cravings. Ask for help…and start with a licensed clinical psychologist or family doctor.

antonio martinez
5:13 pm December 28th, 2013

I have been smoking weed for about a year now 2 to 3 times daily, and only some of the times I get a little depressed or lose motivation If I don’t smoke for a few days but then the feeling goes away and everything goes back to normal. Sometimes I like to smoke a little right before work, and some of my friends have noticed I was doing it, but they told me I didn’t do such a bad job that I was alright when working “high.” Even sometimes I tend to remember things a little more when I’m high than when in not? also I think that I may have an anxiety problem but i’m not completely sure bout it. so if weed increases anxiety can it get worse for me?

an0nymus
6:48 am January 13th, 2014

First the article states:
. Some fear that heavy marijuana use before age 21 can result in irreversible long term brain damage. Although this is only a theory,
Then it goes on to say:
Mood disorders – Long term exposure to marijuana in the brain can permanently alter serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters associated with both anxiety and mood disorders.

So i guess this theory of permanent damage turned out to be true as this article was being typed?
The truth is there has been much research done on the long term effect of marajuana and there has never been any evidence of permanent damage to the brain. So although impossible to say for sure, it’s extremely unlikely.

Mella
7:55 am February 4th, 2014

Yes, I do come from Bosnia and I have witnessed a genocide when I was 15 years old. Since that time, I was affected by the PTS and I did start smoking marihuana heavily i my mid 20s and until now, which is more than 12 years. I do not want to live my life depending on this plant, I do want to be free of this habit, since it did affected my life in a very negative way, and influenced the lack of interest in education ( which I am more than for it) however, it is hard. How and where to seek help?

12:49 pm February 4th, 2014

Hello Mella. My heart reaches out to you for the real trauma you’ve been through. I can see how marijuana can help you cope with the emotional needs to try to forget the war.

Where do you live at the moment? Local resources may include a social worker, social services office, or a community mental health clinic. A psychologist can help you work through the PTSD and help advise you on quitting marijuana. But you may want to start by seeking help with your primary physician. Either way, go to a medical doctor who is compassionate and sensitive to the needs of war survivors, or who has experience working with refugee populations. You are not alone, but you do need to work with someone who can empathize and who has experience.

Sam wise the ganj
1:19 am February 7th, 2014

I have smoked grass from the age of 14 to 25 and have now stopped,it has ruined my life mentally ,sonically and financially!i can’t remember new stuff only old memory’s cant go to a bar to talk to poeple lost all friends was HOMlESS family disowned me lost my job everything and it’s made me very mentally unwell,so a word of advice anyone who is jst starting out smoking it DO NOT START it ruins life’s ,on the contrier it affects differnt people in different ways but it has turned me into a psychopath with personality disorder memory loss impair able holes in my lungs every manageable miserable thing amaginable!the call it Canibis pyhcosis and it’s a death sentence everything you dr in life is shit n negative because of the brain cannot do wot others find easy to do in normal life that we as grass smokers find hard to do,but I’m only 25 and hope there still hope I can rebuild my life n get bk on track meantally physically and financially kids teenagers adults trying it out don’t do it please it will ruin your life,take care all best of luck to those who really want to make a go of stopping for good,Sam wise the ganje(ex canibas smoker for life).

Kyle
9:30 am February 20th, 2014

3 years or ago or so I smoked with one of my freinds but it seemed to have a very negative effect on me as my anxiety returned after years of being dormant and it seems to effect my memory or at least my short term memory and my head felt weird a lot even after the high was gone. I also developed pains in my head in several different areas and over the years I still don’t seem to have fully recovered everything so smoking became a no can do for me. I also ended up quitting my drinking even socially due to the fact that I knew it could make me feel worse not being clear minded and would probably set off my anxiety. What I would recommend to people who have depression and/or anxiety would be either to stay completely away from the stuff or to have only very low use of marijuana and any other kind of substance for abuse.(Including alcohol) Just don’t do anything you think you might regret ……

Ibrahim
9:41 pm March 14th, 2014

I started smoking at the age of 18. I am now 21, and I truly believe that marijuana does, in fact, have an adverse effect on the brain. I am horrified at the possibility that my daily abuse of marijuana throughout the duration of three years has irreparably damaged my brain. I would love to get over this hump, for I have realized that my ability to retain and memorize information isn’t what it used to be. I need help…. But I really don’t know what to do. What would a doctor, therapist or psychologist tell me, or do to me, that would really make me quit.

I do not support the legalization of marijuana. It sets a bad example for our children, makes it seem less harmful. I just cannot, for the life of me, understand why it has become legalized for recreational use in some parts of the country. I do understand that states need more streams of revenue, but not at the expense of the citizenry and our children. If I had a say, I would make alcohol, marijuana and all other addictive substances totally illegal.

tom
1:00 pm March 17th, 2014

ok so i was hoping someone on here my give me some advice on how to stop the anxiety and panic attacks when trying to quit.
I wrote on here before but still haven’t kicked the habit.
I’m looking for natural herb remedies. If i stumble across anything i can put it up on here for other people,
I get extreme panic and anxiety attacks,…when trying to quit or cut down, i’ve got a friend who got help from the doctor with anti depressants, but they’ve got side effects i’m told which are not worth it. Apparently its like getting on another drug to get off the other, and they cut it down over time…kinda like nicotine patches.
Anyhow i wanna find a natural herb selection (other than st johns wort), to help subside the withdrawal effects of quitting

niall
5:55 pm April 10th, 2014

Im 15 years but almost 16 and I smoked for my first time. 3 weeks later im haveing hectic depression and anxiety im scared after one high I will get depersonalisation. What do I do?

Tyler
6:39 am April 17th, 2014

I’m currently 20 years old and have been smoking since about 14, the fact of the matter is that marijuana is a drug and as for the addiction aspect it all depends on the type of person. One may be able to smoke it for 1 years and up and stop with nothing wrong, while another keeps coming back to it more and more. To say marijuana is addicting is completely false I have quit for months at a time, most being a little over a year, I will say though that it is habit forming. When I’m hanging around with my group of friends it is just a bit like tradition to have a joint or some bong rips, kinda like how older men share beers during the end of the day. To say that it is not addicting is hard considering how many of us use it to get to sleep or help you get through the day altogether. I have not really had a problem with memory all to much my grades in class were average and I particularly excelled at math, I’m currently attending community college and hoping to transfer to a university next semester. It has become more tedious than anything to smoke anymore, the money I spend on it is outrageous, and when I am smoking I do smoke quite heavily, at least 5 bowls a day. I have noticed that it kinda kills my motivation when I am high though, all I feel like doing is sitting and watch some netflix. Overall I am done with pot it is a lazy mans drug and only adds onto me being tired during the day and not wanting to do crap. The only problem being that all my friends do it and when I’am hanging around them it is hard to pass it up, but I don’t want to completely alienate myself from good friends just because of this reason.

martin
4:25 pm April 27th, 2014

I started smoking weed about a 2 yearsago and I need to stop.. but the thing is.. I cant.. its pretty hard and I cant live with smoking weed..

Dillon
6:10 am May 27th, 2014

Hey, so I’ve been smoking pot since I was about 18 I’m now 20. I had a terrible childhood which I’d rather not get into. And my crazy grandparents raised me. Ive always struggled in school socially anywhere. I have a job now and its hard going there. I noticed I started having super strange issues I can’t explain so I visited a neurology place to try and receive help. They mentioned to quit smoking pot which by now I’m about 5 to 6 weeks into sobriety. But I have no friends struggling with my relationship difficulties at work. I can barely talk to anyone I always think people are out to get me or plotting. My boss and employees say it looks like I’m hypnotized or on another planet. I want to die so bad but at the same time I don’t want to. I need advice, I know this is About pot and that,s what I thought it was considering I went from being a chronic smoker but of not much. Lacking social stance and cant remember a damn thing.. Not a thing. People names movies… Nada…To not smoking at all. What symptoms could be of loss of reality? Help ASAP would be more than greatly appreciated

tom
10:12 am May 27th, 2014

Hey Dillon, I’ve had a crazy past to do with my parents and being born into a cult, which made adjusting to normal life at the age of 13 really weird. But thing is you make it what you want it to be, a good thing or not, you’re more in control of what you want to do by knowing your faults.
I smoke weed now (trying to quit), and its like the perfect escape from all the strange memories, and weird situations in reality that i get faced with. Truth is everything becomes more strange the more you try and escape, those problems exist whether or not you choose to ignore them, the hard part is having the will to stare your problems in the face, and make a choice, after making a choice you have to live with it, and get to know yourself through it.
I had no friends, simply because no-one could understand me or make sense of where i was coming from,..now i accept that i’m a little different because of my past, and i see how i’m different is actually more unique and individual, …its all if you can make something from it, and i dont mean money,…explore what your capable of, test and challenge yourself…try to make sense out of chaos, for yourself,
so thats my personal view from experience, sorry if it sounds weird, i’m still learning that not everyone gets where you’re coming from, but that shouldn’t hold you back. GOOD LUCK

Rose
2:37 am May 28th, 2014

Hi, Dillon. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot and that you’re making really important efforts to understand your experience and have a better life. I’m not very experienced with smoking pot, so it’s hard to say how much of a factor that might be in your issues with memory and feeling distance from reality. What you’re describing can also be the result of trauma, which it sounds like you may have experienced a lot of in childhood. I would recommend looking for a therapist who specializes in trauma (and maybe also drug addiction, but definitely the trauma specialty). It can be painful to feel misunderstood, but it is possible to get therapy that will help you with the painful feelings that may have caused you to feel so drawn to smoking pot in the first place. These days there are many kind therapists who understand childhood trauma and can help you work past the bad memories and build a happier future. It takes time, but stick with it and trust that things can and will get better. Best wishes to you.

Jimi Hendrix
2:15 pm May 28th, 2014

Clearly if the FBI will hire pot smokers to fight terrorist on computers, it’s not that bad, I’m tired of everyone’s complaints, if you have problems with marijiana YOUR FREAKING FAULT. Learm how to maintain self-control, I had a problem buying mochas every night after work, it got addicting, so all you complaining it’s pot that makes your memory bad or brain damaged, your wrong

Hassan
11:05 pm May 28th, 2014

Hi, i am from Pakistan and i have been smoking hash(afghan) for 4 years now when i started smoking it , it was like the best thing that ever happened to me and back in the days during the first three years i use to enjoy the high , laugh and enjoy everything to its best . and without hash life felt dull and black n white . and then in the 4 years i started smooking chronically and now i just dont get high at all !! i miss the fun and the feeling !! and besides that i feel like my brain has stopped working , i cant concentrate at all . and it also making my feelings fade away so please tell me if all this is normal because i’m in my phase of quitting as in i smoke a single joint after 2 or 3 days and i want to stop that too . and i will . but please help me out because i just graduated and have a very loving gf but lately i have been getting odd feelings and i’m not myself at all . so how do i get my head straight ??

8:24 am May 29th, 2014

Hello Hassan. It’s possible that you’ve developed a tolerance to the euphoric effect caused by THC. To get your head straight, you can try a few things. First, you can try a period without smoking. You may want to accompany this with psychotherapy. Are there private certified psychologists who work in your city?

Hassan
3:49 am May 30th, 2014

I dont think so . there’s nothing as such as private psychologists here in my city besides rehab , and i cant even join that because if my parents even got the slight clue of me smoking this thing they’d be heart broken . as i’m their only son . i havent smoked since three days now and besides appetite everything else seems quite normal but i still get these headaches and it feels like my brain’s numb all the time as in it doesn’t wants to think or focus and i have to force myself .

8:15 am May 30th, 2014

Hi Hassan. You can try to look into these resources, which can help. There are online support groups you can join. My suggestion is to check out their programs, complete some the preliminary “Work” (it’s basically self-help) and then check out some online meetings. Best to you, my friend. Getting off hash is a time for mental and emotional growth.

SMART Recovery: http://www.smartrecovery.org/intro/
Marijuana Anonymous: https://www.marijuana-anonymous.org/

Mike
1:57 pm June 4th, 2014

There are no proper scientific references at on all on this page. All the people who think they are preaching proper drug abuse to everyone needs to go home and pack a bowl themselves, and get over the fact that this is not a bad drug. Research so far has shown 0 (ZERO) long term damages to any part of the users body. While you sit at home (or at a bar/party) and get alcohol poisoning while drinking a little too much with your buddies or girlfriends, I will be at my house rolling another joint and hoping that you will be ok. There is another whole essay for all of you who decide to take an extra ibuprofen or acetaminophen to “Help that extra bit”. That’s way worse than marijuana or drinking. Stop the ignorant posts and actually get out there and be safe!

Legalizeit420
2:24 pm June 6th, 2014

amen mike, I’m in a university 4.0 gpa, smoke/vaporize every week, I only drink on special occasions. Doin just fine for this routine since I was 18

Freddy
5:31 pm June 7th, 2014

I have smoked heavily for about 20 years. I found I was able to make myself do things I did not like doing. I also did quite well in school while smoking weed. Once I quit weed and my grades dropped about 20%. Socially weed allowed me to let people I didn’t really have any real connection to into my life. Many of the relationships I had with people were very negative. Most of my girlfriends were weed smokers and had nothing in common with me. Weed always added to my anxiety, but made being alone easier to the point that I thought it was helping me. Overall Weed held me back from dealing with real problems I had and doing things I truly enjoyed.

Since I have quit weed I have noticed that most of my friends aren’t really my friends. I have realized that I hate the career I thought I loved. In fact I can’t stand doing the tasks while sober. I have noticed I cannot relate to people easily and I have very poor social skills. I have also noticed I allowed really negative people into my life as I didn’t know how to interact with other people, better people for me. For me weed is a way to hide from myself.

Over the years I have been addicted to many drugs including cocaine, and tobacco. While quitting coke was hard and physically difficult, for me mentally its been much harder to quit weed. I could be that I have smoked longer and thus I am dependent on it to a greater degree. Quitting smoking cigarettes after 16 years seemed easy actually compared to quitting weed. I quit all drugs cold turkey.

I live in Vancouver where weed is very easy to get. I am not a person who can smoke it occasionally. I smoked about 4 joints a day. If I smell it I end up thinking about it for hours. Weed can be bad for you, as in my case it was bad for me.

Young kills
6:08 am June 28th, 2014

I’m a young kid myself. I’m 16 now and smoked some before when I was 15. I’m a regular daily for almost a full year now. And honestly, I feel fine. My grades have stayed the some and in other courses improved. So far I’m not lazy got a nice life. Great job and I caught on quick. This stuff isn’t as bad as people think. And I’m living fuckin proof.

milad
11:02 pm July 7th, 2014

Hi dudes, I used hash once a month for 6month and no problems appeared. After that i used marijuana only one time about 5 months ago. After using that, I can’t describe the feeling i had. I just can say that it was extremely horrible. I still have some of those feelings. Please tell me the truth: will i become the guy that was before using that or not?

kenndrick
5:26 am July 12th, 2014

Weed make me feel like my muscles are tearing like muscle halliuatication i hallucinate.

thor
4:55 pm July 14th, 2014

I just wanted to throw out there that ANYTHING can be addictive. More power to you guys who smoke and don’t have addiction issues, but there is a difference between using and abusing. Just because you think there isn’t any proper scientific references towards marijuana affecting the brain doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect it. Until you have been there you cannot possibly understand. To you out there who are having a difficult time quitting hang in there! Don’t give up! I have noticed that over time most all of the negative side affects are getting better. Will they completely go away? Time will tell.

Bob
5:05 pm July 15th, 2014

MJ can be bad for people and it also can be harmless. I know people who work and the DnD who smoke regularly. MJ is not considered risky by the government recruiters. I will say doing anything daily is going to be bad for you, even if you can’t see it yourself.

I recently quit smoking MJ after smoking it for 20+ years on almost a daily basis. I do feel better not smoking it, and i know i cant be a recreational smoker of it.

Lily
4:08 am July 26th, 2014

Hi so I tried smoking weed last July, and then started doing it regularly in september up until about late April, early May. I then did it once more late June and did it again today. I didn’t do as much as I did when I was regularly smoking those two times though. My question is, because I don’t know if I’m just being paranoid and too hard on myself, but I feel like my intelligence has decreased and I can’t really verbally express myself as well as I could before I started smoking. I’m going into neuroscience in university (I’m going into grade 12), and I want to know if the “long term effects” will have worn off by then.

wizkahlifar
7:24 pm July 29th, 2014

How do I stop smoking

jain
3:49 pm August 13th, 2014

Hello, m 26 year old women and married to a person who is addicted to marijuana and alcohol for the past 10 years,he used to get angry for silly reasons and hav a habit of throwing and destroying things at home, and also hav a habit of beating me for silly things, he is not ready to go for treatment? how can I manage him? how to react when he gets angry?

Sean
4:39 am August 16th, 2014

I have head pain since I start smoking!
Is this a warning to stop??
I really enjoy smoking it but it’s going to damage my brain I should stop!
Please advise ?
Is merejuana can damage my brain!
Thanks

billybobjoe
8:26 pm August 31st, 2014

Okay so i started smoking weed around the age of 12 and i am now 19. Up until the past year I never had any negative problems with it but recently almost every time i smoke i get social anxiety. So i decided to quit because it was just to much and i couldn’t deal with it anymore. I figured the anxiety would go away but even after a week of not smoking i will get anxious when talking to people and can’t think of anything to say during conversations. For me this is a really weird feeling because i have always been somewhat of a social person and enjoy talking to people. Also another thing that i have noticed is that it has severely affected my memory and i have become extremely lazy and unmotivated. What do you think could’ve caused this change and do you think the effects of it are reversible?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:29 am September 2nd, 2014

Hi Billy Bob Joe. THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors. Some brain areas have more cannabinoid receptors, while other areas have few or none at all. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thoughts, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. Your brain needs time, a lot of time to come back to its normal functioning and fully recover. And, yes, the brain has a strong self-healing tendency, so it’s all reversable.

belive me
8:54 pm September 4th, 2014

Those sk or weed or any kill like if ur not taking it frequently u just take it once in a week or something…. i wana know

the truth
1:04 pm September 14th, 2014

i smoked it for 2 years and now i stopped , now i feel more changes in me .now am not able to speak fluently even my mother toungue. i feel very lazy .cant remember and speak fast. and also
feel anxiety within me. and i cant understand and started fear how much days wil i be like this
…please help…

even i am not njoying with my girl

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