Thursday, January 03, 2013

You may think marijuana is harmless but using it can have adverse health, safety, economic and behavioral consequences. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the adverse affects of marijuana use in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the United States. Its often the first illegal drug a person will try. Sometimes marijuana use leads to the use of other illegal drugs.

The marijuana available on the market now is much more potent, and more likely to lead to addiction. People who are addicted to marijuana crave it. They need to use more and more of the drug to get the same effect. Withdrawal from marijuana can cause symptoms such as depression, insomnia or nausea.

Marijuana use can lead to serious side effects such as:

Memory loss

Anxiety or drowsiness

Paranoia or unrealistic fear

Loss of interest in school, work or relationships

Legal problems if you are caught, and

Lung cancer

Unlike cigarettes, marijuana is smoked without a filter. Marijuana contains a much higher concentration of the dangerous cancer causing chemicals than cigarettes.

Addiction to marijuana is a serious problem with significant health and life consequences.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.