The recent boom of the marijuana industry has led to incredible job creation as well as new treatments for terrible chronic diseases. With the legalization of marijuana on the rise, it’s important the public be informed of every positive and negative aspect of using the drug. While it can be useful to treat things like anxiety and even help reduce the side effects of cancer treatments, it can also be the cause of things like irregular heartbeats. Everyone is different and some people may experience numerous side effects while others experience none at all. These are the potential side effects of marijuana use, including two common side effects that can, unfortunately, turn fatal (No. 9 and No. 11).
- Marijuana can increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, depression, and social anxiety.
Various studies on the effects of marijuana have been done through the years, but NBC recently reported that one potential risk of the drug is a serious one — mental illness. Marijuana can increase one’s risk of developing schizophrenia. This illness causes delusions, hallucinations, and unclear thinking, and greatly affects one’s ability to function properly. The drug can also increase depression and social anxiety, according to the same study. Those who use marijuana heavily are also more likely to be suicidal.
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