What are the effects?
Whether it’s smoked, eaten, vaped, or dabbed, cannabis can have effects on your health. While we understand adults choose to use cannabis for positive reasons, we’re here to share a few of the not so good effects. These effects can be magnified with chronic and persistent use.
Potential health effects
Research shows that heavy cannabis use can impact your memory. Those effects can continue for weeks after you’ve quit. So just remember, the more you use, the greater the risk.
Learn more about how cannabis can affect your memory from the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.
Mood and mental health
Because it interacts with your brain chemistry, regular cannabis use may make you feel depressed, anxious, or paranoid. You also could feel unmotivated or lose interest in what you’re doing.
Dependence and addiction
As an addictive substance, quitting cannabis can be hard. Heavy users may experience cannabis withdrawal in the form of irritability, anxiety, or sleepiness.
If you need help quitting, contact the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1-866-789-1511.
While cannabis can be natural, it’s not free from harm. Too much cannabis can lead to side effects—like impaired judgment and coordination, panic attacks, hallucinations, paranoia, and psychotic episodes.
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS)
Chronic, or persistent, cannabis users may be at risk of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). CHS is an illness that causes recurring vomiting. For people experiencing CHS, frequent hot bathing may help. But researchers have found that CHS tends to continue until people completely abstain from cannabis.