The effects of cannabis will vary depending on the individual, how you consume cannabis, and the unique properties of the plant.
- Increased appetite
It’s common for people to get an increase in appetite after consuming cannabis. Making poor food choices while high could lead you to pack on the pounds, so keep some healthy snack options around in case you catch the munchies.
- Dry mouth
Ever notice that your mouth gets really dry after smoking weed? In cannabis culture, we refer to that as “cotton mouth.” Usually a tall glass of water does the trick, and staying hydrated throughout the day will help prevent cotton mouth from occurring.
- Impaired fine motor skills
There’s a reason it’s illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis. According to numerous studies, cannabis can negatively impact a person’s ability to judge time and perception. Driving under the influence of cannabis could not only lead to fines and jail time, but you’re putting yourself and others in danger.
There’s conflicting research out there about the long-term effects of cannabis use.
Some studies report there aren’t any significant effects from prolonged use, while others are adamant cannabis negatively impacts your health. Since it’s classified as a Schedule I substance, researchers haven’t had many opportunities to discover the long-term effects of cannabis. More research is needed to discover how cannabis impacts our overall health, but the only way to do that is to remove the current federal restrictions surrounding cannabis.