Smoking weed affects you in many different ways, impact on both your mind and body. Some of these are short term effects whilst others are more longer term.
Let’s start with the initial effects from smoking:
Smoking weed can act as a mild hallucinogen, however the reaction for this is usually heavily influenced by past experiences and user expectations. For example many first time weed smoker’s don’t feel anything at all.
The full effects of weed are usually felt by the smoker within just a few minutes of smoking (sometimes almost instantly if smoked from a bong) and peak in around 15-25 minutes time. Effects include a dried out throat and mouth, delayed reaction time, impaired coordination balance, an increased heart rate and a somewhat very short term memory.
Mild doses of weed will induce a dreamy state of well being and contempt whilst stronger doses can create some strange side effects including paranoia and hallucinations.
The majority of weeds effects will wear off within 2 to 3 hours after being smoked, however the THC often stays in your blood stream for up to 3-4 weeks afterwards.
Long Term Effects of Smoking Weed
Unfortunately it has been proven that smoking weed will reduce your ability to learn and take information in in the long term.
There is much research that says smoking weed dramatically reduces your capacity to absorb and retain information.
In terms of long term effects on the body, long term weed smoker’s are more prone to chest colds, bronchial asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Long term use will damage the lung airways and raise the risk of cancer. The best way to limit the long term effects of weed consumption is to use a vaporizer.
Marijuana smoking can also impact on your hormones. Smoking regularly will more often than not delay puberty in young males and reduce their sperm count. For women it can disrupt their normal menstruation cycles.