What are the possible side effects of taking cannabis?
Answer - Doctor Sharon Olson
THC cannabis does affect the short term memory, the more you smoke the more trouble you will have performing on a memory test and although it looks like a small memory deficit overtime and chronic use of cannabis can make it a significant memory deficit. Cannabis tends not to interfere with problem solving or the ability to focus. Since CBD Cannabis is supposed to be neuroprotective, a study of THC cannabis use balanced with high-dose CBD intake at another time in a 24 hour cycle could certainly reveal interesting information if the study was conducted to see how much the CBD protected the memory loss problem.
Answer - ryan
The main side effects that come to mind are:
The side effects of cannabis are very real and should be paid appropriate attention. Some do claim that cannabis has no side effects and they are incorrect.
Answer - Founder/Pianta Tinta, High CBD & THC Tinctures
Are you talking about the side effects of THC? If so some of the side effects that people experience when they have taken too much THC for their system can be: Rapid heart rate Altered time perception paranoia anxiety hypotension impaired motor coordination delustional thinking excessive sleepiness
If you or someone you know experiences these uncomfortable effects of too much THC, be reassured that you will be OK ...According to Dr. Bonni Goldstein in her new book, there are no cannabinoid receptors in the area of the brain that control breathing and heart rate...that is why you cannot fatally overdose on cannabis...good news! Another tip if you feel you have taken too much THC is to drink cold lemonade, take calamus root, pine nuts or peppercorns...all of these natural foods contain chemicals that can alleviate the negative effects according to Dr. Ethan Russo...I am not a doctor but am putting this out there for educational purposes...
Answer - Dr. Cheryl Bugailiskis
Additional more serious information regarding the side effects of cannabis:
Cannabis has a risk for abuse and addiction. As I have predominantly dealt with teenagers and this problem in my career, I will share an example of this. If a patient uses high THC cannabis 4x/day for 7 months for instance, and then they decide to use cannabis only 1x/day, this patient would have the potential for withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms will be exhibited as weight loss, nausea, paresthesia such as sensations of body tingling, and decreased motivation. This patient will want these symptoms to go away, and therefore will want to use cannabis to stop the withdrawal symptoms from happening (this is dependence), and therefore if you have dependence on a substance you are susceptible for addiction.
Another side effect with using products with potent THC such as Dabs, can be syncope or passing out due to the sudden hit.
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome can also occur after years of daily use of cannabis. Symptoms occur with cyclical periods of nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain every 4-8 weeks. Patients tend to find relief with hot showers and symptoms will cease after stopping cannabis for 12 hours to 3 weeks on average.
In pregnancy there is a correlation with cannabis use and low birth weights and developmental delays, but there is also a risk with breastfeeding. During breastfeeding studies show that 0.2% of THC crosses over into the breastmilk. One study found that if you use cannabis the 1st month of breastfeeding your child may have gross motor development delays by 1 year of age. Use with caution or at least avoid breastfeeding the 1st 3 months of life is recommended. I also want to advise that studies have shown that children who use cannabis before 25 years old, before the frontal lobe of your brain is developed, have lower IQ points.
Answer - Dr Sank
The list of risks associated with cannabis is extensive as reflected by the previous responses. The average cannabis user should discuss their specific risks based on their own medical history with a knowledgeable health care provider. Some common ones I’d like to highlight are often overlooked and pertain mostly to middle aged and older individuals.
Answer - drpresident
In addition to those answers below, Cannabis intoxication can cause transient mood, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms. The relationship between cannabis use and long term risk of psychiatric disorders is less well understood. The association between cannabis use and psychotic disorders is possible in certain vulnerable populations of patients. Cannabis can unmask symptoms among individuals who have pre-existing vulnerability (such as a family history) to schizophrenia.