Putting You First
Your mind. Your body. Your emotions—all things you’re working hard to keep healthy. And things marijuana can hurt. Whether it’s recreational or medical, marijuana has side effects. Like how it can mess with your mood, mental health, memory, and judgment.
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For Your Information
College is the time to keep your memory at the top of its game. Regular marijuana use can make that harder. The more you use, the greater the risk—leaving effects that can last for weeks after you’ve quit.
On Your Mind
True or true: your brain is still developing into your 20s? It’s true. Using marijuana while your brain is growing can change its chemistry and have lasting effects on your learning and intelligence.
In a Mood
Some people see marijuana as a way to relieve their anxiety, depression, or stress. But none of these qualify for medical marijuana treatment. In fact, marijuana can actually amplify those feelings. And get in the way of your hustle. Bringing down your motivation and making you less interested in the things you love.
Studies also suggest a link between marijuana and psychosis.
For Your Body
Thinking fast may be easier said than done if you’re using marijuana. Did you know it can affect coordination, movement, and reflexes? Those are the type of motor skills that come in handy if you compete, perform, or play for your school.
Know What's at Risk
Secondhand Smoke and Lung Health
In the short term, research shows that smoking marijuana can impact your vital lung capacity. And causes throat and lung irritation and coughing. And vaping also comes with serious risks. In fact, it’s recently been linked to hundreds of cases of lung injuries—a for-real condition that’s sending many young people to the hospital. And in some cases, people have even died.
People who get sick from this injury experience things like coughing, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and even fever. Experts are still trying to understand the exact causes, but one thing is for sure: Vaping isn’t great for lungs.
More research needs to be done to understand the long-term effects of smoking and vaping marijuana, but all signs point to “not good.”
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
People who chronically use marijuana may be at risk of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). CHS is an illness that causes recurring vomiting. If you’re experiencing CHS, frequent hot bathing may help. But researchers have found that CHS tends to continue until users completely abstain from marijuana.
Marijuana Use Disorder
Did you know that marijuana can be addictive? Often, people who use heavily to try to treat irritability, sleeplessness, and anxiety are actually experiencing marijuana withdrawal because they’ve developed a dependence.
People who start using as a teen are four times more likely to develop a dependence or marijuana use disorder.
Worried About Someone?
With free, confidential advice and assistance, the Washington Poison Center can help you learn more about or deal with the dangers of marijuana use.
Concerned about getting in trouble if you call for help? Don’t be. Washington State's "911 Good Samaritan Law" can protect you from punishment so you and your friends can get the help needed.
If the symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to an emergency room.