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Marijuana Effects Brain
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Starting at age 13 I smoked Marijuana about 40 times over an 8 month time. Havent used since. How did this affect my Brain?
You likely: have no long term effects from that degree of usage. ...Read more
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
I smoked marijuana for five years. Will my brain recover from any of the damage I have done? Over time. And how can I help my brain recover?
Stop smoking THC: The sooner you stop the better. Not sure how much brain recovery you can get, although if you stop that will help your brain. You can do crossword puzzles and sudoku to stimulate your brain. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Probably.: Still a controversial topic. http://www.viewzone.com/weedfacts/weedfacts.html http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ending-addiction-good/201404/studies-show-long-term-effects-cannabis-the-brain http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/2737/20130701/chronic-marijuana-users-brains-produce-less-dopamine-study-finds.htm http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090202175105.htm ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Actually, in your: Situation, yes. The problem is not mixing marijuana with the medications you're on, rather, the problem is mixing marijuana with the fact you already have a psychotic illness. This is an absolute contraindication to marijuana use. You should stop using it immediately. It is of no benefit to you and can cause subtle brain damage in those areas of your brain that help you stay in touch with reality. Best wishes. ...Read more
Probably with Rx: Marijuana is only documented to impair brain function when used heavily before age 17-18. Even then, it's been shown to reduce iq several points but not necessarily cause "serious brain damage." since people with serious brain damage from strokes ; major head trauma often make good (though not always full) recoveries you can too, but it would help to see a holistic doc to help you. See comment:. ...Read more
Can brain damage affect the way substances like marijuana and alcohol affect you and exaggerate your symptoms?
Had a bad reaction to meds and marijuana. A day later I have symptoms similar to brain damage.3 months later unchanged.What should I do? Had scans..
What is the best brain scan i need to identify how many cells have deteriated from marijuana? My temples used to hurt when i smoked but now it itches?
Depends: Temporary brain dysfunction from the first dose lasting at least 24 hours. No clear cut permanent damage at any exposure although it may take weeks to recover normal function after daily use. ...Read more
When having brain injuries due to a car accident, when getting a cscan will the cscan show that i smoke marijuana?
Can brain damage be caused by an interaction between medical marijuana and certain medications? E.G. Benztropine
Marijuana: As the doctor who pushed the legalization of medical marijuana in washington and many other places i want to speak very frankly to you. You are fooling yourself if you think marijuana is helping you medically with your mental health conditions. You are setting yourself up for a rough ride with addiction at your young age. I know of no ethical doctor who would recommend this for you. ...Read more
What is the best way to restore chemical balance in brain from marijuana and alcohol use? Any vitamins or anything to take?
Seek real love: Health does not come out of a pill bottle, even "vitamins". You need something in your life to give you joy and beauty and meaning so you won't want to scramble your brain any more with that stuff. For most of us, this is found in love of a person, a community, a good cause, or perhaps something spiritual. Be the best person you can be in the hopes of finding the realm item. ...Read more
Concussion symptoms gone it been 3 days.Doctor said marijuana in moderation ok(street marijuana).Decriminalized in my state.Safe for brain if i smoke?
I smoked marijuana ONCE in my entire life. I'm 19 now. Will I have brain damage or develop schizophrenia/other mental disorders?? No family history.
I have a broken blood vessel on my brain which cause it to bleed I've just gotten out the hospital I have pain medicine but the only thing helps me relax and slow my headache down is marijuana I know its not good but its the only thing that works for me w
Behavioral: strategies such as clinical hypnosis, guided imagery, biofeedback, etc. can all be helpful and useful in other areas of your life. See www.relaxationresponse.org for one strategy. Stay close to your doc. A clinical psychologist can help w/behavioral interventions. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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