Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-03-10

Long term effects of dagga

If someone had abused dagga and alcohol as a teenager until their early twenties, what would the effects be on the mind and body for the person who is now in their early forties(male).

Is it possible to ever" cleanse"  the body totally, or can permanent damage be done?


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There probably wouldn't be any noticeable ill-effects now, but much would depend on how much dagga and alcohol they consumed and for how long. There is no question of "cleansing" the body know --- all the alcohol and dagga have long since gone, if they did damage, it was done in the past, it isn't lurking around now causing more trouble. Generally, one can recover rom the damage done at an earlier age. Up to a point, the liver is very forgiving. Long term heavy use of dagga has been associated with what some call an Amotivational syndrome, in which one loses interest and initiatiative, and during the period of active use, it can be associated with a raised incidence of psychotic illnesses.
From the sound of it, either you or the person you are thinking of has some current problems, which may well NOT be related to the earlier substance abuse, and which, anyway, needs to be properly assessed by a goo local shrink.

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