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Is Marijuana a Depressant?

Marijuana is a drug that affects people in different ways. For some, it may act as a depressant, while for others it can be a stimulant. In this blog post you will learn what marijuana is and how it affects individuals who use it.

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Marijuana is made from the dried leaves and buds of Cannabis sativa. It’s also referred to by other names such as weed, grass, herb, or Mary Jane. Marijuana is usually smoked, but it’s also sometimes added to food or baked goods, which are called edibles. Although marijuana is legal in some states there are still health risks associated with its use. For some individuals it may act as a depressant, causing difficult with concentration, dizziness, confusion, headaches, memory problems, and slurred speech. If you use marijuana and are experiencing concerning side effects, please go to your nearest emergency room right away.

Verywellmind has compiled a list of short-term and long-term side effects caused by marijuana.

Short-term Side effects

  • Altered senses, i.e., seeing colors more vividly or hearing music more loudly
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Feeling an altered sense of time
  • Memory impairment 
  • Mood swings 

Long-term Side effects

  • Respitory problems
  • Increased heart attack and stroke risk
  • Pregnancy related risks
  • Brain health

Using marijuana is not safe and should not be used. It is important to seek professional help if you are struggling with marijuana addiction. Addiction can lead to many health problems and also cause strained relationships, and financial issues. Reach out to your health care provider if you need you quitting marijuana.



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