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Are the long term effects of marijuana and cigarettes the same?

Are the long term effects of marijuana and cigarettes the same?

No: Since tobacco smokers smoke a lot more than marijuana smokers do, the damage you do to your lungs is greater with tobacco smoking. Also, cigarette smoking has been associated with increased risk of many diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and emphysema, which have not been associated with marijuana use. The concern about long-term marijuana use is mostly about mental health or turning stupid. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of smoking marijuana?

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What are the long term effects of smoking marijuana?

Marijuana: Long-term effects are dependence, effects on intelligence, memory & respiratory functions. There is also association with psychoses, depersonalization & depression. ...Read more

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What are the short term and long term effects of cocaine on human body?

What are the short term and long term effects of cocaine on human body?

Not good!: Short term Cocaine causes the artificial release of a set of signalling chemicals in the brain that trigger subjective feelings of power and elation. These feelings are disconnected from reality, impairing judgment. Used up, the lack of these chemicals then causes a "crash". Eventually, the nervous system and brain falls out of whack on a long-term basis. ...Read more

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What is the long term effect of marijuana use?

What is the long term effect of marijuana use?

Long-term marijuana: One area is lung problems such as: bronchitis, chronic cough, emphysema, and also lung and upper airway cancer. There can also be impairment of memory, judgement, ability to learn, and coordination. These problems may persist for many months after stopping marijuana. Marijuana is a hallucinogen which can induce psychosis. Daily users may also have chronic depression, irritability, and lethargy. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of smoking methanphetamine?

What are the long term effects of smoking methanphetamine?

Death and disability: The side effects are severe, and include physical, social and economic consequences. Short term, arrhythmias and risk of cardiac death, in the medium term, paranoia and psychosis, and in the longer term, loss of relationships, loss of job, income, friends, plus numerous physical afflictions that are the result of not eating enough (it suppresses appetite), and more. ...Read more

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What are the bad long term side effects of caffeine consumption on the fetus?

What are the bad long term side effects of caffeine consumption on the fetus?

Unclear.: No long-term studies have addressed this; minimal-to-moderate caffeine consumption appears to be safe as far as perinatal/pregnancy outcomes are concerned. One cannot be certain what (if any) effects maternal caffeine consumption has on the developing fetal brain or cardiovascular system, however excessive intake can cause fetal arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and jittery neonatal reflexes. ...Read more

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What are the effects of long term drug abuse on the mind and body?

Depends on the drug: It depends on the drug as to the main areas of the body affected. In general, drugs have a toxic effect on the body. One can get brain damage, liver disease (cirrhosis, hepatitis c), cardiovascular problems (higher risk for heart attacks and stroke) and an increased risk for cancer. I have patients who still halucinate even after stopping drugs. ...Read more

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Does the long term use of antidepressants have significant effects on my memory?

Does the long term use of antidepressants have significant effects on my memory?

Depends: A potential side effect of some antidepressants may be some delay in recall of words. So far there have been no studies that have shown long term permanent memory loss with use of antidepressants. ...Read more

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What are long term side effects of radiation to the brain?

What are long term side effects of radiation to the brain?

multiple: Some things to watch for include dementia (particularly after whole brain), radiation-induced tumors, radiation necrosis, edema, and adjacent structure injury (particularly after radiosurgery). ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of caffeine dependency?

What are the long term effects of caffeine dependency?

Tolerance: You can reach a point where the caffeine receptors r blocked and it won't affect you at all-- you can drink it and go to sleep--if you stop drinking as much you will experience withdrawal--headaches & sleepiness--caffeine is a stimulant & can cause jitteriness tachycardia & elevated bp. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of caffeine use?

What are the long term effects of caffeine use?

Caffeine: Long term usage could lead to addiction and depence. Hence people could face common withdrawl symptoms like hedache and fatigue. ...Read more

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What are the long term affects of marijuana?

What are the long term affects of marijuana?

Multiple: One area is lung problems such as: bronchitis, chronic cough, emphysema, and also lung and upper airway cancer. There can also be impairment of memory, judgment, ability to learn, and coordination. These problems may persist for many months after stopping marijuana. Marijuana is a hallucinogen which can induce psychosis. Daily users may also have chronic depression, irritability, and lethargy. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of the recreational drugs

Depends: The answer depends completely on which drugs, in what quantity, in which combination, for how long. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term herniation?

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What are the side effects of long term herniation?

Tell us more: Are you talking about herniated discs in the back or are you talking about abdominal and groin hernias? ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of methamphetamine abuse?

What are the long term effects of methamphetamine abuse?

Methamphetamine abus: Has many negative consequences, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain. In addition to being addicted to methamphetamine, chronic abusers exhibit symptoms that can include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. ...Read more

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Tell me the effects of the drug "penicillamine-d" on long term usage?

Tell me the effects of the drug "penicillamine-d" on long term usage?

Anemia, kidney, etc: Penicillamine has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis for over 50 years. It has significant toxicity. The most frequent and severe are bone marrow suppression leading to anemia, low white counts, and low platelet count, and kidney damage which may be irreversible. It is a chelating agent which helps remove toxic buildup of copper and other heavy metals. Not really used anymore for arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

What are the long term segative side effects of methadone?

Many: I personally do not use Methadone as i feel the dangers outweigh any advantage over other opioids. The most significant side effects are that of breathing suppression and heart electrical conduction problems. There are drugs such as suboxone (buprenorphine) for the problem of dependence which are much safer and more effective in my opinion. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term opiate abuse?

What are the side effects of long term opiate abuse?

Deadly serious: Death from overdose (intentional or unintentional). Infection from sharing needles. Legal consequences and potential violence. Mutual support helps. Consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of meconium?

What are the long term effects of meconium?

Confusing question: All newborns will pass meconium.It is the accumulated fecal debris of pregnancy consisting of bile, digested hair, shed cells and protein debris in a stacky mass.After its passage, it is gone and transitional or regular stools form. Kids who suck some meconium into their lungs before or during the birthing process can have variable outcome based of the amount and degree of damage the material cause. ...Read more

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Marijuana was laced with pcp, k2 or speed a few weeks ago&I have been feeling like my brain is "slower". are these long term effects? Will it go away?

Marijuana was laced with pcp, k2 or speed a few weeks ago&I have been feeling like my brain is "slower". are these long term effects? Will it go away?

You are getting dbl: whammy doing tainted Marijuana with PCP, KC, etc. The effects of PCP may end up not being reversible. So, seek counseling to get off recreational drugs before the mental effects are permanent. Have a blood screen done to see what is actually in you, or still in you. MJ by itself can slow down your thinking. Not a healthy habit to start. Get help now. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of marijuana use?

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What are the long-term effects of marijuana use?

Marijuana: Long-term effects are dependence, effects on intelligence, memory & respiratory functions. There is also association with psychoses, depersonalization & depression. ...Read more

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Are the long term effects of marijuana and cigarettes the same?

No: Since tobacco smokers smoke a lot more than marijuana smokers do, the damage you do to your lungs is greater with tobacco smoking. Also, cigarette smoking has been associated with increased risk of many diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and emphysema, which have not been associated with marijuana use. The concern about long-term marijuana use is mostly about mental health or turning stupid. ...Read more

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What is the short and long term effects of marijuana use I'm not looking for a personal opinion on the morals of the use just medical facts. The good?

What is the short and long term effects of marijuana use I'm not looking for a personal opinion on the morals of the use just medical facts. The good?

Lots of info: You can find lots of info online. Hopefully, you can evaluate the quality of the writing, and references are a good sign of quality. From what I know - it is very helpful for a long list of medical conditions. All types can be. Some types have no 'high' at all - just the other benefits. Texas is not a good place to try it. There are more and more, so it may get there some day. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of smoking marijuana?

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Marijuana: Long-term effects are dependence, effects on intelligence, memory & respiratory functions. There is also association with psychoses, depersonalization & depression. ...Read more

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Can someone please explain to me the LONG term effects of habitual marijuana use ? It's been 5 years and things are different for me .

Can someone please explain to me the LONG term effects of habitual marijuana use ? It's been 5 years and things are different for me .

There are many: Chronic and particularly heavy marijuana use has been shown, in adolescents and young adults, to reduce intelligence, learning ability and ability to remember what you have learned. It can reduce motivation, and it can exacerbate other underlying psychological problems, like social anxiety and panic disorder. Please get help - there is lots available. Start with your primary care for referral. ...Read more

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Does Medical Marijuana have any effect on your liver or pancreas? Are there any serious long term effects or is smoking it ok?

Does Medical Marijuana have any effect on your liver or pancreas? Are there any serious long term effects or is smoking it ok?

So far, so good: The decades that good research might have been done to answer your questions are gone - time was lost - but now it will begin to be carefully studied. What we know so far looks very good and very safe. Alternative methods to smoking are available for it in places where it is legal. It is NOT the same as recreational pot. If you're lucky to be in a place id OK - talk w/ your provider. Best! ...Read more

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What are the short- long-term effects of taking klonopin, doxepin, wellbutrion, seroquel, (quetiapine) armour thyroid, pravastatin, xanex, alcohol, marijuana?

Confusion: Mental status changes can take place. Be sure to generate a list of all meds and herbals and street drugs to distribute to all of your physicians to make sure that no medication dosing takes place without all informed. ...Read more

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I smoked Marijuana about 60-70 times from ages 13-15. Ive sinced stopped for 2 years can my brain recover or is there long term damage?

I smoked Marijuana about 60-70 times from ages 13-15. Ive sinced stopped for 2 years can my brain recover or is there long term damage?

Marijuana effects: I commend you for not using Marijuana for 2 years. Now you are 20 years old, did you smoke sometimes from age 15-18 years? If you have good concentration, comprehension, memory, problem solving skills, learning new information; having impulse control and good judgement, your Marijuana use has not damaged your brain. See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, coping skills for stress and NA meetings ...Read more

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What are the effects of occasional marijuana use on a developing teenagers brain?

What are the effects of occasional marijuana use on a developing teenagers brain?

Risk mental illness: Research results seem to show that marijuana (pot, mj) can start a person's schizophrenia sooner than if he did not use mj. A teenager (with a brain, neurotransmitters, & receptors not fully developed), especially with a family history of schizophrenia or psychosis, should know his family history and avoid experimenting with mj or other illegal drugs that might have a similar effect on the brain. ...Read more

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What effects does marijuana have on the brain/body?

What effects does marijuana have on the brain/body?

Many complex effects: Marijuana has a wide range of effects & this varies from person to person. There are also many strains, some more stimulating & some more sedating. It can be calming, ease muscle tension, stimulate appetite, relieve nausea & aid sleep but may impair memory & concentration. Marijuana contains over 100 different medically active compounds & we are still learning what they do.See my comments for links. ...Read more

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I smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes but after my brain damage it now has adverse effects, will i ever be able to smoke it again?

I smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes but after my brain damage it now has adverse effects, will i ever be able to smoke it again?

Total unknown: With out knowing what is the medical purpose that you are treating with medical marijuana, and the reason for and the extent of you brain damage, it is impossible to say. Hopefully you are being treated by a neurologist, they should be able to give proper guidance. If you don't have a neurologist have your medical doctor refer you to one. ...Read more

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Does marijuana kill brain cells?

Does marijuana kill brain cells?

THC and brain cells: I do not believe that thc, the active ingredient in marijuana kills brain cells, but it causes changes in the neurochemistry of the brain, changing how the brain functions. Long term behavioral changes, lack of motivation, as well as the short term emotional changes and euphoria are related to these biochemical changes. ...Read more

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Is the smell of unsmoked marijuana harmful to the brain? My cousin opened a bag of marijuana in my house and now it smells, is this harmful?

Is the smell of unsmoked marijuana harmful to the brain? My cousin opened a bag of  marijuana in my house and now it smells, is this harmful?

No - it's quite safe: I guess I'd not put my last dollar on it, but I'll bet that the smell of burning marijuana isn't either (as long as there's sufficient air to breathe). At this time, as long as no one tampered w/ it, the most dangerous aspect is the illegality still true in most localities. It was inconsiderate of your cousin to place you into that jeopardy if so. Relax. Ask that it not happen again if you agree. ...Read more

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Is it true that marijuana really cause brain damage?

Maybe: The effects, if any, are not nearly so severe as the loss of the fine neuronal structure in chronic heavy drinkers that causes their well-known personality deterioration. I have no use for either -- life's too rich to be goofy or self-absorbed. But studies that show heavy weed-smokers to be less achievement-oriented hardly prove cause & effect, and measures of thinking ability seem mostly intact. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana have any effect on existing brain aneurysms?

Will smoking marijuana have any effect on existing brain aneurysms?

Make them worse: Smoking anything, tobacco or marijuana, will worsen brain aneurysms. Therefore it is not advisable. ...Read more

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Effect of marijuana on the body and brain?

Effect of marijuana on the body and brain?

Many effects: Marijuana distorts perceptions, impairs coordination, thinking, problem solving, learning, and memory. Can trigger acute psychotic reaction along with onset or relapse of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals. Increases heart rate a lot; one source showed smokers almost 5 times as likely to have heart attack in 1st hour. Mj irritates lungs & has more carcinogens than regular cigarettes. & more. ...Read more

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If a young person used marijuana around 10 times then stopped forever, could their brain recover?

If a young person used marijuana around 10 times then stopped forever, could their brain recover?

Yes: We are designed to "remember" and young brains are particularly sensitive ..That being said to be concerned about irreversible brain injury from short term use as described i think is highly unlikely and is even less likely to be able to be objectively measured. Long term use clearly is problematic for immature brains. Case histories of "induced" major mental illness are just that. ...Read more

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