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Can paranoia be a longterm effect of smoking weed?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Smoking weed can induce paranoia as well as many other symptoms. The effects may long outlast the immediate drug effects. There are also distorted sense of time, magical thinking, short-term memory loss, and anxiety and depression. Long term heavy use may result in ongoing paranoia as well as memory dysfunction with shrinkage of memory-related brain structures. http://tinyurl.com/lr7zmg5.
Dr. Abby Caplin
Dr. Abby Caplin commented
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Thanks for this terrific answer, Dr. Pappas!
Dec 19, 2013
Dr. Imad Khreim
Dr. Imad Khreim commented
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Agree with Dr. Pappas, in addition , it may cause what is described in some literature as amotivational syndrome where the person motivation and ambition is decreased
Dec 21, 2013

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