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Posted by: Ana | 2004/11/30

Weed / dagga / mary-jane...

doc,
I am 21 years old abd have been smoking doob on and off for about 4 years... i'm not sure that i want to stop but i would like to know what the long term harmful effects to my body and mind are. I gym 5-6 times a week and am reasonably healthy. I smoke almost every night and frankly it just helps me relax after a hectic day and i sleep soundly at night. There must be something bad it's doing to me? I never mix it with any type of hard drug and it's purely for relaxing purposes and it makes me feel good - nothing else...
Can you please advise me on the dangers and any info i should know.
Thank You!

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If you check the archives of our forum, you'll find we've discussed this topic several times before, and you might find those discussions interesting. Firstly, apart from the cannabis-specific chemicals, it is SMOKING, and is at least as bad for your lungs and heart as smoking tobacco. Secondly, though a bit more controversial, the active cannabinoids and related chemicals can cause some problems. In people who have some susceptibility to a psychotic illness ( inherited or otherwise ) it can make them more vulnerable, possibly precipitating an illness they might otherwise have escaped ; and there is evidence that chronic high dose use, can be associated with an "amotivational syndrome" in which a person gets more and more dof and uncaring about themselves and pretty-well everything else. There are some other concerns about other possible ill-effects ( for instance on male fertility ) ; but they are less clear.
I don't use it, but I suspect that occasional light use, maybe not every night, may not be likely to cause significant problems.

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Posted by: Rainbow | 2004/12/01

from personal experience, I wouldn't carry on the way I am if I were you.
Weed has an unfortunate way of altering a person's personality.
I've just seen it too many times, to deny that fact.
simple things, like trying to have a normal conversation with a person who has been smoking weed for ages, it becomes very difficult for the people around them, although they themselves are NOT AWARE ..

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Posted by: PARIS | 2004/12/01

Alot of my friends have smoked weed for years - probably a joint a day or maybe two, basically for the same reasons you do. Today i cant speak to them. They have become slow and some what silly.

Maybe just cut down on the amount you are smoking. Keep it for the week ends.

Just a suggestion.

PARIS
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