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In addition to smoking and being consumed in edibles, marijuana can also be inhaled by vaping heated oil smoked through an e-cigarette. There is little known about the negative health effects of vaping THC products, but a number of serious lung injuries have been attributed to vaping. The CDC recommends that people should not use any vaping products containing THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

Short-Term Effects of Smoking Pot

As recreational marijuana becomes legal in more states in the U.S., more edible products containing marijuana are hitting the market. When marijuana is ingested it is absorbed by the body more slowly and the effects can last longer and be stronger.

Different ways of taking the substance can also play a role in how it impacts your body. Smoking marijuana is one of the fastest routes of administration that produces rapid changes in your brain and body. In order to understand the possible risks of marijuana, it is important to first understand what happens to your body when you smoke weed.

Some people who use marijuana report having sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts, and this might be caused by trying higher-potency marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Drug testing. These days, employers often test for drug use as part of the hiring process. Marijuana can show up on a drug test for several weeks after it was last used. So people who use marijuana may find they don’t get a job they want. Some companies do routine drug tests on employees, so people who use marijuana can lose their jobs.

Marijuana is usually rolled and smoked like a cigarette (joints or doobies), or put in hollowed-out cigars (blunts), pipes (bowls), or water pipes (bongs). Recently, it has become increasingly popular for people to inhale marijuana or stronger marijuana extracts using a vaporizer (called “vaping” or “dabbing”). Some people mix it into food or brew it as a tea.

Career problems. People charged under marijuana laws may end up with criminal records that hurt their plans for college or finding a job.

Other Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pills containing THC or other cannabinoids (chemicals similar to THC) as a way to help relieve pain, nausea, muscle stiffness, or problems with movement. There’s still a lot of discussion about the medical use of marijuana, though. THC and other cannabinoid pills are only available in some states and require a doctor’s prescription.

These side effects are temporary, but they can make it dangerous to do things like drive while under the influence of marijuana.

THC also connects with receptors on nerve cells in other parts of the brain that affect thinking, memory, coordination, and concentration. This can cause unwanted side effects, including:

There is also “synthetic marijuana” — manmade drugs that are chemically similar to THC — that can be dangerously strong. Names for these drugs include “K2,” “Spice,” and “Herbal Incense.” They can be so potent that overdose deaths have happened.

“Coordination and response time are adversely affected and short term memory is often impaired,” says Dr. Jason Levine . “Coordination issues in conjunction with an altered experience of time are likely to blame for impaired driving and an increase in car accidents.”

With medical marijuana legal in states like California, Colorado, Illinois and a growing list, adoption of the drug is becoming more and more commonplace—as is consumption. We consulted doctors and medical resources to discover what happens if you smoke marijuana every day. (Note: do not use marijuana without consulting a medical professional first.) Read on— and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn’t Know It .

“Marijuana has been shown to cause a fast heartbeat and elevated blood pressure, which can be dangerous for people with heart disease,” says Dr. Sanul Corrielus . “It may also aggravate other pre-existing heart conditions in long-term users and those who are older—placing them at greater risk of a cardiovascular event,” says Dr. Norris.

It Can Tamper Your Coordination and Response Issues

“While smoking cannabis daily has less of an impact than smoking cigarettes,” says Dr. Carey Clark, “some people who smoke cannabis can end up with issues like chronic cough and excess mucus or phlegm production.” “The most deadly aspect is that it increases your risk of lung cancer 7% per year,” says Osita Onugha, MD . “However,” says Dr. Lili Barsky, “these symptoms can improve with cessation.”

Insulin is which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Insulin resistance is linked to a greater risk of diabetes. However, according to Mary Clifton, M.D , marijuana offers “less insulin resistance.”

“I found Marijuana at the age of 19,” says Peter Pryor, M.D. “It has always been a bit of a godsend for me because it helps me daily with anxiety and many other benefits.” (Read on to discover how marijuana can also increase anxiety for some.)

Marijuana has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of health issues. Read on to discover how it can be used best.