Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health : Many people see marijuana as a harmless substance and think as a better substitute to other forms of smoking. But, studies show that the potential chemical THC (delta-9-t
etrahydrocannabinol), present in marijuana adversely affects human brain and mental health. And secondly studies show that regular marijuana use can not only aggravate already existing mental illness, but that
it may proceed, or act as a catalyst, in mental health problems.
What are the short-term dangers of smoking marijuana on mental health?
- Impaired memory and inability to learn
- Difficulties in thinking, problem solving, and perfuming
- Distorted Perception
- Anxiety disorders or feelings of paranoia
- Impaired judgment
What are the long-term Effects of Marijuana on mental health?
- It can increase risk of depression, suicidal thoughts as a result of regular marijuana use, even among people with no prior history of a disorder.
- It can increase the risk of acute toxic psychosis and panic attacks.
- It increases the risk of developing uncontrollable aggressiveness.
- It may badly disrupt the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed.
- Long term use of marijuana can cause schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder.
- There is evidence of increased risk for schizophrenia in later years in some teens who smoke marijuana.