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Readers Respond: Has Smoking Marijuana Affected Your Health?

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Updated September 22, 2012

its our life

first off, ive smoked weed, and cigarettes for 9 years. the weed has been on and off. for the last 5 and a half months, its been 3 times a week. it helps with my stress, and anxiety but, to some people it make it worse. i say that everyone should be entitled to their own opinion and shouldnt judge based on whether or not you smoke. i can honestly say i wouldnt be sane WITHOUT weed
—Guest bryan

Take ur responsibilities

All smoker should know what they're doing...ur doing something illegal that has certain effects on your body especially on your brain,don't drive while ur under effect...just enjoy the effects while ur chilling on a couch maybe drinkin some booze with a girl or with ur friends... Be rosponsible fo what ur doin!
—Guest responsible smoker

im with frank

Im 31 closing in on 32 and have been smoking weed since I was 16. It's great through your early 20s, after that it gets sad. As frank said, it consumes you. That is if you are a regular smoker. I have realized that I'm working in the same dead end industry for 12 years not going anywhere doing the same thing I was getting out of high school. Smoking and dreaming about the good life. But have realized now that I will never obtain those dreams if I don't put the bowl down. Now I'm not saying I will never smoke again. But I'm out for a while. Down the road IF I smoke again it will ONLY be on special occasions. I will no longer allow that plant that consumes me to withhold me from the life I deserve and am capable of achieving. I realize that after all this time of smoking every day that I will have some unpleasant withdrawals, but its worth it. I'm ready to live my life! Goodbye trees!
—Guest phil

Definitely affected my life and health..

I am 53, and started smoking when i was 17. I was able to not use it with my friends for about a year, finally said why not and smoked...i have had a love/hate relationship with it ever since. My husband and i got married when I was 19 and he was 20, and we partied in the beginning. A couple years later he quit due to his job, and i said no, i like it too much, so i continued on. started smoking daily in my mid 20's, and went to college. got a degree in nursing, and was able to quit for long periods at a time. Married 34 years with 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Had 2 1/2 years clean until April when we went on vaca and I thought why not. off and runnin again, for 3 weeks, quickly progressed to wake and bake. i quit my job in sept and am ready to start a new job part time, one that I really want, and felt good about it until boss said everything sounds great, you just need to do the drug test. I have been flushing my system and 1st home thc test was +. its a big mess , not worth this stress.
—Guest anxious

beensmoking for over 30 years

when younger I smoked alot of pot, wvwey day as much as I could . I never stoled to get it , when I didn't have any it didn't bother me. I droped out of school to work, been working my whole life . after I reached the age of about 25 I only smoked pot in the evenings . have stoped smoking years at a time never had any problems stoping the pot. I also got my g.e.d. and went on to a trade school and got a degree in electronics. I am 48 and still use pot but only in the evenings . so with all my pot use I finished school and went on to a better life . so for me pot has no bad side effects. good luck to all out there
—Guest alan

Know what you are doing

If you are going to smoke you should know what you are putting into your body and be educated. As long as you are fully aware of what you are doing and can be responsible, there should be no problem. As for health complications, ive been smoking for a year daily. Just a little bit at night before bedtime, rarley more than once a day, and occassionally heavy on the weekends. Im 18. My lungs are unaffected for the most part and it does not affect my daily life or relationships. As for the addictive side of it, i believe i am "mentally" addicted; the "withdrawl symptoms are nothing more than really wanting to smoke, and i only ever get those feelings around bed time. That only lasts for a day too; once you break the habit for one night, the thoughts stop. There were no sort of physical symptoms. The only negatives ive noticed is that smoking at night makes you feel off the next day, and going to bed high can make you pretty groggy. Amazing really, how little your health is affected.
—Guest Ben

better than beer

I'm a 26 yr. old man who never really liked smoking that much, but I've always loved alcohol way too much. In the last year I've stopped drinking, which i don't really think i would have been able to do without marijuana. There should be a personality scale for "dissatisfaction with reality"; I'm a musician and cook; i like making things, and of course, true to stereotype(s), . Obviously there's some part of me that is very dissatisfied with the world the way it is, so I try and change it by making new things, or change my perception of it, by using drugs (I'd include alcohol under this heading for sure). So healthwise, for me, i can't help but compare it to booze, and weed is easily the winner here. never being hungover is awesome, no possibility of addiction, and it doesn't ravage your body anywhere near the same way booze does. Yes, it does seem to screw with the brain development of teenagers, but for me, it's amazing. could not do without.
—Guest bert

Smoker for 36 years

It is the only thing that relieves the effects and symptoms of incurable "manageable" bone cancer. Started using socially at 13. Achieved both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Have worked in music industry as legal counsel, business affairs. Never lead to any harder drugs. If Pol's smart, end this draconian classification as class 1. Legalize, control quality, taxes - go to education and merit college scholarship. My 2 cents. Toke on!!
—Guest The Dude

Response to Everyone

Yeah, pot smoking has affected my life, even though I have never smoked it or used any illegal drug. It was the 19 year old pot head that was high and ran the red light and hit me broadside and took away the use of my legs that has affected my life. I lost my wife and two kids to pot smoking because she couldn't deal with a husband who would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair so she divorced me and took the kids. I also lost my job and my health insurance to cover my medical bills. So, yeah, pot smoking has affected my life in a very big, negative way.
—Guest Paraplegic

Up in smoke

I guess u can look from dif angles. I've been smokin weed for the last 6 years. Im also Bipolar. Now I look at it a bit diff...The 1st time was just to know what it would feel like, onviously loved it!!!!! Its like everything surrounding u are completely diff from how u knew it. Nature luks amazing, music make sense, you so humbly by the experience and you completely at ease with life. As im biopolar also, it really helps a lot. I feel much more calm and i can get in a decent amount of sleep, without having to take my sleeping pills. In no way am i sayin its right or wrong, im just sharing my expierence. I smoke around 3/4 times a week and i dont see any reason why i should quit. I dont do drugs at all and i rarely drink. Im independant,so im robbing nobody of anything. I just want people to respect what I enjoy and I will respect your choices. I hold on the the rasta culture of respect, I will always have respect for you, we all equal in God's eyes. Keep the smoke cumin!!
—Guest Zappa129

It can take over you

Can't sleep and just want it to go away always find myself smoking whenever I can if possible and I abuse the hell out of it my tolerance got built up too high and I would only be high 30 or so minutes if I was lucky I've been a heavy user for almost a year now and I have these same problems everytime after I take a lay off after a month or so of constant use it sucks and it will happen to you. Be smart, smoke on the weekends and get your shit done during the week after I kick these fucking withdrawls that's what I'll be doing. God bless, stay away from cops and burn down
—Guest Bobby420

You fools.

I did it. I did it for pain and lack of sleep. And it did its job. BUT.....as a person with bipolar, I don't NEED help going psychotic, but this crap sure induced it. Aggression, rage, paranoia, the whole nine yards. And I'm one week clean, and the withdrawal is REAL. Don't listen to these idiot sheeple and talking heads desperately defending their drug addiction. IT IS AN ADDICTION. And it can and will wreck your life.
—Guest RavenDarque


It is bad for you because anytime you don't remember or you attitude gets jacked up or you find yourself borrowing Money to get it when you just got paid or you miss church to smoke on top of that you got health problems ..don't you now it effects your sex life before anything in life and you have health issues
—Guest cocoa

What happened

As I read the posts I saw myself,46 and my life literally went up in smoke.felt good at the time but I can relate to,I don't leave the house enough, I avoid,I loved getting high I thought, but I missed so much of my life to smoke a joint and supposedly open up my mind, in hind sight, pot shut me down. Hind sight is a bitch and I got to say its laughable for people who smoked less than 10 years to try and say what pot does to you. Listen to people like me who smoked for 30 years now! Pot makes some of us pull out of life unwittingly. You feel like your part of something, and you are, that plant owns us, that's what long term smoking gets you. You live to get high, not so much to enjoy the things in life which are precious. Our spouses, children, family, and friends. Don't believe me? Hate to say it, but if you love getting high, then that's what you love, and that's where you will put your time and energy, to your detriment, and all those other PEOPLE'S detriment.sad!
—Guest Frank

3 Years and your Out!

I am a 52 yo male have been working all my life in warehousing I am a forklift driver pick packing industry I started working for this firm was there for just on 3 years casual worked hard and inteligently I got had praise from all the office and foreman your doing a great job I was told,no worries hey, so they asked me to go and get a medical for me to go permanent, ok sounds good I stopped smoking for about a week ,now I dont smoke a lot started late,, no problem with work or my social life I don`t smoke a lot every second or third day just to relax I enjoy it,, but as soon as my tests came back I failed , they got the employment agency to ring me up the next day and said ,don't come back, wtf,,I just could not believe it ,not a single problem working over 3 years and a faint red line turned my life upside down I still have not found work since, what a bloody joke these idiots should wakeup to themselves if it effects your work well yea ok but it didn`t I don`t want to stop.
—Guest Bewildered

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