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Readers Respond: Has Smoking Marijuana Affected Your Health?

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Updated September 22, 2012

effects of smoking weed that im facing

It has nt affected my health but my mind. Im always in depression n cannot concentrate n my studies.feel like killing myself sometimes Bt i knw smokin few times feels good! Bt after dat u bcme paranoid n regret for smoking it!!! U feel lonely away frm frnds n left out when all ur frnds r smoking n ur nt! U cannot resist urself when u r d lone nt smoking in d trot!! U also hve sleepless nights n appetite growth n loss!! Mind doesnt coordinates wid the body!n it becomes lazzy
—Guest siddhant

Day 4

I tried weed for the first time when i was 14 didnt care for it that much then when my husband and i met when we were 16 i started smoking occasionally with him every other week or so when i was 18 i started using on a daily basis to combat nausea/sickness etc so now i just turned 23 and over the last 2 years i have stopped for a day or two twice and it was horrible but i have seen how being a lazy stoner has gotten me no where my life had literally passed me by i had so many dreams and aspirations that felt so far away i worked a few dead end jobs but really wanted to start my own business get into shape make new friends and do something new 5 years of daily use had robbed me of my ambition and motivation to change my life so i knew it was time to take a break i just didn't know where to start so.a few days ago i came down with a cold wasnt able to inhale properly so i wasnt able to get high it sucked but by the end of the day i seen it as a opportunity to wing my self off of weed.
—Guest ms shade


It affected my sports after awhile. I used to be the best running back in the county and then after i started doing it i started to suck. I would do it in the season sometimes the day i had practice and i felt like i did good but i really wasnt. So i tried quitting but it didnt really work but my school is known for our wrestlers to be in the best shape in the state and our practices sucked and the first week i did practice i was puking my brains out. But after awhile im back to my old self now i might even go to states again this year all because i quit. so it does have an effect on you
—Guest mr. pawrestler

Some truth: The future of cannabis

If you are reading this, please take the time to read it all. I am someone who has been using marijuana for years. Not only recreationally, but medically. The facts about cannabis in the articles on this website are not 100% accurate. For myself and many other that I know, cannabis has effect our lives for the better, and in no way for the worse. I suffer from terrible migraines and ADD. Cannabis helps both of these conditions perfectly. I personally don't like to take pharmaceuticals, and nothing seems to helps for my migraines, not even prescriptions. Though smoking or intaking cannabis in some form at least twice a week suppresses them. It also helps we concentrate when working on projects that are normally somewhat of a challenge due to my ADD. I plead you all to do the research, before making any sort of snap judgment about this "drug". I know people personally that have had their lives saved from cannabis. It could possibly save someone you know, or even yourself.
—Guest Anonymous

After 30 years I quit

I began smoking pot 30 years ago. A few times I quit for a few years but always went back to it. After all this time, I realized I was burned out and pretty much wasting my money. I just didn't have the same effect that it used to have. It has been five days since my last toke, and I have no withdrawal or cravings, in spite of living with two heavy cannabis users. They are respectful and supportive of my decision to quit. Six months ago, I quit smoking cigarettes, and that was much harder to do. Pot had increased my appetite, now I am losing weight and feeling more motivated and energetic. Like all the articles say, you really have to want to do this in order to be successful.. I had gradually decreased my pot usage over the last few months and finally made the decision to not smoke any more. I've made it this far, I can keep going.
—Guest melloyello

Lies are good for society,man.

Cannabis affects everyone differently. Some people should not take it. However no one should be taking some RX meds that doctors push. It drives me crazy to be told thinking differently is wrong, theirfore something that can make you think differently is wrong. My math skills go out the window when vaping, but new 'thinking skills' that havent existed since childhood come into play when "stoned". Todays society is trying to say that being competitive and putting yourself above others at their expense is the only thing that makes a good person and anything that makes you less self centered, less materialistic, more original and creative, more compassionate and honest, is obviously a bad thing!
—Guest Guest Brother

My story

I've been smoking for 3 months and I usually smoke daily. All I can say is that weed has never felt addictive it was one of those things I felt I want but not something I need. It only improved my life because since then ive made many new friends and since i started it gives me more free time because i don't play video games much anymore because of it. I try to avoid cigarettes because those are what really ruins your lungs. smoke pot at your own risk because i almost got into serious trouble with it. all I can say is smoking isn't bad just avoid cigarettes try to avoid smoking outside your home and don't let it ruin your life and remember there are no addictive chemicals in marijuana but you can trick yourself into thinking you are addicted
—Guest Anonymous

My grades have improved, and im active.

I started smoking when I was 14, in 9th grade, back then I was in the National Junior Honor Society. Now im in 10th grade and my grades haven't dropped, I keep a A average. Soon I will be admitted to the the National Honer Society. But I do have to say marijuana does affect people differently, ive seen students who dont care anymore. It's all about your mind set before you start smoking, and keeping your motovation strong.
—Guest Dylan


.I was 19 the first time I hurt my back....when the pain meds didn't work, I smoked weed to ease my pain....it worked every time...did major damage to my back when I was 38...ten years later, here I am...pain meds barely take the edge off, and my doc has made it clear that smoking bud isn't acceptable...I'm disabled and can't come up dirty on a test...I wish people would accept the fact that marijuana can help some medical conditions...at least I won't destroy my liver with oxycodone...ya know?
—Guest sykwookiee


In my experience smoking weed only becomes addictive to people who have an addictive nature. I also believe that alcohol is far worse for you!!!! why isint that illegal oh thats right goverment makes too much money off it!!! alcohol imears everything about you and your judgement and ya feel like crap the next day. it creates many more domestic violence and stupidity than weed! that is the undeniable truth to all those who just dislike weed because its illegal. People who smoke weed are not disruptive and are aware of what they are doing. Just laid back, relaxed. i only smoke weed at night, not every night but pretty regularly and my friends and I think up some brilliant ideas when we have a sesh. weed helps us zone in we ask questions about the world and the universe and just about anything that is unknown to us. we have brainstormed up alot of theories that could challenge even the greatest minds couldn't do that if you're drunk could ya? There are substances out there.

No Such thing as black and white

For starters its not addictive. I smoked daily for about 15 years. Stopped to go to post secondary. Picked it back up once I was established. Now I have out grown it. Really not interested in doing it anymore. But I might. who knows. Point being..... its as addictive as picking your nose at a stop light. That said..... It sure is not good for you. But what is? Alcohol is an order of magnitude worse. Always found it interesting that the criminals in office will tax and distribute booze but will lock you up for some pot. Whether or not you are actually impaired driving on Marijuanna is dependant on the individual and the type/grade of pot. That said..... It ought to be illegal for all to drive when you are anything aside from wide awake and clean and sober. Texting and driving needs to have the same consequences as drinking and driving; if not worse. At least the drunk has the good sense to try to keep his eyes on the road. Texters can take the bus...... sober or not!
—Guest Ryan


I've smoked for the past year and a half some times heavily others not really... it can easily become destructive but only if you allow it to... continue to do sports hang out with the family study and work and you should do just fine
—Guest rawr

In both good and bad ways.

Well pots not great but it's not ruined my life. I enjoy it but it's not medication and I think stoners are annoying.
—Guest Mac

Just a pair of ole hippies

We started smoking in 1971 after I had two children and no more planned. We loved it. We have continued to smoke up to this minute and have no plans to stop. I've had bronchitis twice in the last seven years but no other respiratory illnesses to speak of. Not even a cold. I do, however, have a very heavy cough. I tell people that I have allergies and that I am not contagious. I sleep very soundly, do not dream and have absolutely no next day side effects as one would have with liquor. My husband has no issues at all.
—Guest DD

It's all good

I'm 13 and I used to smoke HEAVILY EVERY DAY for about 4 months straight and I didn't see any difference in my grades, some of my grades actually went up!, I recently stopped for about three weeks and got back to it today. I feel more relaxed, I'm nicer to people, and I see the worlds beauty more. I admit I do use my grandmas money that she gives me for weed:/. But I have noticed that I tend to lie more without even thinking about it. My mom will ask where I'm going and i instantly say "the basketball court to play basketball" But really I'm going tere to pickup and smoke . Nothing in my life has changed to drastically I'm still myself. I don't have a whole new personality. I THINK PEOPLE SAYING TABACO IS WORSE THEN WEED.
—Guest Guest no name

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