There are definitely more than 5 side effects of marijuana. The top 5 generally include perception distortions, rapid heart rate with low blood pressure, hallucinations, suppressed immune functions, and lung and throat problems short term and long term. Side effects of marijuana can be instantaneous, like the distortion of perception, or they can develop over time. Students who smoke pot often develop concentration and learning problems.
The top side effect of marijuana is the obvious reaction that you have, the high, which is generally termed perception distortion. This means that time, touch, sensation, sound, or any of the 5 basic senses can be completely altered or just mildly altered. Either way, it can be difficult to figure out what is really real and what just appears to be your reality at the moment. This side effect is often the reason that people smoke pot.
Unfortunately, the physical side effect of marijuana of rapid heart rate and lower blood pressure is dangerous. Physically, the heart is struggling to stay full of blood, hence the blood pressure drop. This is a pretty good set up for a heart attack or other coronary event.
Hallucinations don’t happen to everyone, but for those who experience them it is a strong enough side effect of marijuana that one can be turned off pot smoking for life. Hallucinations can be frightening and can include the belief that there is violence being perpetrated against you when in fact there isn’t. They aren’t fun like it is portrayed on TV, but it is one of those real and true out of control moments that can scare the pants of even a tough guy.
Another physical side effect of marijuana is suppression of the immune system. The THC in pot acts as a natural immuno-suppressant. This means that the elements (the white blood cells) in the body that are designed to attack infection often fail to do so. There have been a great number of studies done on this topic, and science has proven that one side effect of marijuana is the inability to produce a healthy immune system, either temporarily or permanently if pot use is heavy over a period of time.
Lung and throat problems can be caused by weed and the longer you smoke it the more likely you are to get ill from this particular side effect of marijuana. Pot smokers are actually doing more lung tissue damage than the average cigarette smoker. The short term effects are often dry mouth, scratchy throat and voice, and a burning down the throat and chest. This is from the harsh, unfiltered smoke that you inhaled deeply, held in the lungs, and then exhaled slowly.
While the side effects of marijuana can vary from person to person, there are numerous unlisted side effects. Every time you inhale potent pot you are asking for physical trouble either now or in the future. The side effects of marijuana are all in transcribed medical tests that prove the theory.