Most of us who smoke weed every day do it because we enjoy being high and we love that deep, potent flavor.
But, how many wonder what will happen if we smoke weed everyday for a while?
What is the actual cost of everyday smoking and how does the habit affect our overall health?
It’s very important to consider both long-term and short-term effects of constant weed consumption so that we know how to protect ourselves while still having a great time.
Let’s take a closer look at what happens in the body when we smoke weed every day and what we can do to minimize the negative effects.
First things first – what is marijuana?
If you’re an experienced cannabis enthusiast, you likely know all the ins and outs of marijuana.
But let’s just quickly cover the basics for all types of smokers who are reading this.
Nowadays most marijuana plants are a cross between two different subspecies – Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.
It’s arguably the most popular drug in the US and worldwide, and the number of consumers is growing every day.
According to a survey from Monitoring the Future, the number of students who consume marijuana has dropped in the last couple of years, but the number of young people who don’t believe that regular weed consumption is dangerous has increased tremendously.
While it seems that the ongoing legalization of cannabis is helping fight the stigma around this plant, it still has many opponents. Why is that?
The main reason for the stigma lies in one of the plant’s constituents – THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is the psychoactive substance that gives us that amazing high, but it’s also the substance responsible for all the negative side-effects associated with weed consumption.
THC isn’t the only compound with psychoactive effects, but in this context, it’s by far the most important one to note.
Weed consumption also has numerous benefits, and this is the focus of many newly funded projects. The plant has been receiving much attention from scientists lately, due to its medical potential.
One particularly beneficial compound of the cannabis plant is CBD (cannabidiol) which can be used to treat several different conditions. These conditions range from anxiety and depression to more complex diseases like Glaucoma and Multiple sclerosis.
There are some claims that cannabis can even cure cancer, but scientific studies still need to confirm that hypothesis.
And now we can return to our central question – what happens when we smoke weed every day?
Short-term effects of smoking weed every day
Let’s start off by examining what happens when we smoke weed every day in the short run.
THC is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, but it takes a bit longer for the first effects to kick in.
Overall, you will start feeling high after about 30 minutes, but in some cases, you may have to wait up to an hour before you start feeling anything. Incidentally, that is also the period when you may start feeling some side-effects.
Here are the most notable short-term effects that we might feel if we smoke weed every day:
- Mood changes
- Issues with body coordination
- Slightly increased appetite
- Perception issues
- Impaired memory
- Altered sense of time
In addition to that, if you go overboard with your weed, you may also experience:
As you can see, some of these effects are very unpleasant. Dare we see what happens when we smoke weed every day in the long run?
Long-term effects of smoking weed every day
The short-term effects of smoking weed may be unpleasant and sometimes difficult to deal with, but it’s the long-term effects that you should be concerned with.
These effects show up as a result of accumulated damage, so the longer you smoke, the more likely you are to experience them.
Which organ is the most affected when we smoke weed every day? If you answered “the brain”, you got it right.
Weed heavily affects brain development and the earlier we start smoking it, the more severe the consequences will be. A study conducted by researchers at Duke University found a strong correlation between frequent marijuana consumption and cognitive decline.
Here are some of the most notable long-term effects that you might experience if you smoke weed every day:
- Breathing problems often accompanied by coughs
- Cognitive decline of brain development
- Possible negative effects on child development if smoked during pregnancy
What happens when we overdose on weed?
Is it possible to overdose on weed? There haven’t been cases of overdosing and dying of marijuana, but since THC can produce some negative effects, it is definitely possible to overdose on THC and be in danger.
Everyone has a different tolerance level on weed, so it’s hard to say what dose will knock you off, but in general, very high doses are never a good idea.
Overdosing on weed causes a range of different symptoms, including rapid heartbeat, panic attacks, anxiety, and in some cause, nausea and vomiting.
The most severe side-effects include hallucinations and intense paranoia. Though no one died from weed overdose so far, you shouldn’t compromise your health with unreasonably high doses.
Does weed cause addiction?
Consuming marijuana on a regular basis can cause something called cannabis use disorder.
If you’ve been smoking it for years on end, it might be very difficult to stop. Trying to quit this habit can cause a range of different withdrawal symptoms including a loss of appetite, irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
Are there any benefits of smoking weed every day?
As we mentioned already, cannabis is increasingly being used for medical purposes. When consumed for these reasons, it often needs to be taken on a daily basis.
Cannabis can be a helpful ally in treating many different conditions. It may not necessarily resolve them, but it certainly helps the patients cope with their symptoms better.
If they need to smoke weed for health reasons, people usually do it to relieve stress, anxiety and similar issues.
In any case, cannabis can be beneficial when used responsibly and in moderation. That’s our bottom-line.
The best advice here would be – listen to your body and be reasonable.
If you smoke weed every day, it will undoubtedly leave both short-term and long-term consequences.
But the good news is, you can minimize those nasty effects if you smoke it in moderation.
Don’t overdose on weed and try not to become addicted.
If you want to quit the habit and you end up experiencing some of the mentioned side-effects, you should seek professional help.
In any case, knowing the downsides of constant weed consumption can only be helpful for you.
Not only will it help you understand all the potential risks, but you can also use that knowledge to mitigate the danger.
In the end, if you follow this advice, your health risks will decrease and you won’t have to give up on your favorite habit.