Marijuana use will affect each person's health in different ways. A person's age and gender, how the drug is used, and other factors will determine how marijuana affects their health. Use by young people may cause long-term damage to the brain. Long term use of marijuana may increase the risk developing a use disorder, cancer, and have other negative health effects.
Short term effects can include: euphoria, altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, decreased/increased anxiety, increased appetite, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, red eyes, paranoia, and hallucinations.
WAYS MARIJUANA IS CONSUMED:
Each method of consuming marijuana has its own health and safety risks.
INHALED: Marijuana can be inhaled in different ways. It can be smoked in a joint, pipe, or bong. Marijuana and concentrates can be inhaled using a vaporizer or vape pen. It can also be “dabbed” by heating a marijuana concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling. Smoking marijuana along with tobacco products, like blunts and blunt wraps, introduces chemicals known to cause cancer into the body.
EDIBLES: Sometimes marijuana is added to candy, food or drink. The effects of these "marijuana edibles" are felt more slowly making it easier to overuse.
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