Problems Using Marijuana
Like other illegal drugs, it is impossible to know exactly what you are getting when you buy marijuana. Some strains of weed are way stronger than others, or cause you to feel a whole different set of effects. Though marijuana is less likely to be “laced” or mixed with other drugs than hard drugs are, it still happens. Weed is most commonly laced with speed, cocaine, or PCP.
Research from different areas is suggesting that regular marijuana use by young people can have long-lasting negative effects on the structure and function of their brains. Problems with marijuana are more common for people who smoke a lot over a longer period of time, but there have been reported cases of people experiencing hallucinations and complete loss of touch with reality after smoking it only once. Research
also suggests that for people with mental health disorders, symptoms can be brought on sooner if they smoke pot.
A series of large ongoing studies is also showing links between marijuana use and the development of mental health disorders later in life. Some young people will already be more likely to develop mental health disorders than others based on the medical histories of their family members, but those who start smoking pot young are at increased risk for later problems. Using marijuana can make the illness worse for people with schizophrenia.
Links have also been found between marijuana use and other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts among adolescents, and personality issues, including a lack of motivation. More research is still needed to confirm and better understand these links.