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Originally posted by GrandMasterN
Paranoia of being "caught" (persicuted) by more paranoid ignoramuses who seek you out with hopes of incarceration (money-making)?
Yeah, I would be paranoid of that as well if any activity I partook in brought upon that kind of stigma!!!!!
Originally posted by ServoHahn
I think the studies might also show that THC (or just smoking the reefer) can have significant calming effects too. I used to smoke. Depending on my mood (or the particular type) the effect could either have been relaxing or inducing paranoia. I've also been perscribed a number of pharmecuticals (for legitimate reasons, not recreation) that have caused severe anxiety.
I took Zoloft ONCE and for me it was as if I had had about ten cups of coffee at once. I took Paxil for a year (and it was supposed to curb anxiety), and it helped me to relax for a long time... then it was the major cause of a manic episode that I had and I simply stopped taking it (and the problem went away). Currently I'm taking Zyban (which is not an SSRI like Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, etc) to help me quit smoking and when I was getting used to the medication it was more stimulating that caffeine. Now it doesn't give me a buzz, but I do have trouble sleeping without a sleeping aid because of it (and drinking with Zyban can cause seizures so I've been dying for a drink for the past two months).
One last thing. THC causes paranoia in 2 out of 8?... Why not 1 out of 4... or 25%?
What are some of the immediate effects of smoking marijuana?
Some immediate physical effects of marijuana include a faster heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and a dry mouth and throat. No scientific evidence indicates that marijuana improves hearing, eyesight, and skin sensitivity. Studies of marijuana's mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term memory, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating machinery.
Are there any other adverse reactions to marijuana?
A common bad reaction to marijuana is the "acute panic anxiety reaction." People describe this reaction as an extreme fear of "losing control," which causes panic. The symptoms usually disappear in a few hours.
What about psychological dependence on marijuana?
Long-term regular users of marijuana may become psychologically dependent. They may have a hard time limiting their use, they may need more of the drug to get the same effect, and they may develop problems with their jobs and personal relationships. The drug can become the most important aspect of their lives.
What are the dangers for young people?
One major concern about marijuana is its possible effects on young people as they grow up. Research shows that the earlier people start using drugs, the more likely they are to go on to experiment with other drugs. In addition, when young people start using marijuana regularly, they often lose interest and are not motivated to do their schoolwork. The effects of marijuana can interfere with learning by impairing thinking, reading comprehension, and verbal and mathematical skills. Research shows that students do not remember what they have learned when they are "high".