Despite the fact that weed is being legalised almost everywhere, there is a certain misconception among the people that it is absolutely harmless. This, of course, is false. Even though it may not be as harmful as it was advertised fifty years ago there are still certain side effects that you need to be aware of if you are planning on continuously smoking. Some of them can be alarming if you are already being treated for some illnesses.
The short term side effects aren’t that concerning. Red eyes is the side effect that pretty much everyone is aware of. One of the most common side effects is drop in blood pressure, something that can lead to headaches, fainting. Sometimes it can even lead to passing out, especially if your blood pressure is pretty low before smoking. Smoking can also increase your heart rate which means that if you are already having issues with your heart then you should probably consider staying away from it. It you are having heart problems then smoking can lead to a heart attack. Also, nausea is pretty common among the newcomers.
On the long run there are possibilities that you should know about. Smoking after using a weed grinder can lead to chronic cough and mucus build-up in your throat. In case you didn’t notice, these are some of the same side effects of cigarette smokers. It has nothing to do with the weed, it’s the smoke that causes this problems. It can also increase the odds of a lung infection, especially if you are also drinking alcohol.
As I mentioned earlier, if you are experiencing problems with your heart the you should stay away from it. Sometimes, as time progresses, weed can be damaging to your heart. Not in a way that can solely cause you any major problems, but it you were experiencing problems before smoking then the list of problems gets bigger and bigger.
It can also be damaging to your mental health. It can have a certain negative effect on your memory, especially on the short term memory. Also, you could very easily lose interest in things and find yourself being unable to pay attention to things. Sleepiness, dizziness and fatigue are also some of the most common side effects among users. Smoking can also distort your perceptual senses and affect the way think. It can also cause confusion. Considering that some the users start at a very young age, especially in the US, some of the younger users could have psychotic episodes. If you are not an experienced smoker then make sure that there is someone with you, just in case.
Certain users feel a slight decrease of their IQ, especially if they are long term users. It can also harm your ability to make decisions, well, even the ability to think. If you are new to smoking then absolutely always have someone with you because, even though it relaxes most users, there is a slight chance that you might not. This is just to be safe. If something goes wrong then you will definitely be glad if someone is in the room with you.