Many celebrities have a story about unfortunate side effects from smoking marijuana. Jennifer Lawrence says that at Ellen DeGeneres’ 60th birthday bash: “I entered a different universe Security is grabbing me, because what I hadn’t realized is I am grabbing this woman by the shoulders, shaking her, screaming “
Those are party-pot problems, but even folks prescribed medical marijuana are at risk for significant negative side effects. Marijuana can have serious interactions with 21+ different drugs and moderate interactions with 286+, says RxList.com. It can also trigger anxiety and paranoia, according to a study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.
Researchers at the University of Washington discovered that more than half of 1,500 students surveyed had experienced anxiety and/or paranoia while using cannabis. Coughing fits, chest/lung discomfort and body humming (weird!) affected a subset of students 30% to 40% of the time.
Short-term repercussions aren’t the only newly discovered side effects: Lab-based research shows THC (marijuana’s active ingredient) keeps fertilized eggs from maturing by interfering with gene expression. And, yes, smoking pot does increase the risk of serious infection with COVID-19.
If you experience pot’s negative side effects or are trying to get pregnant or just stay healthy, talk to your doctor about using Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for glaucoma and chemo nausea, or alternative treatments.
(c)2020 Michael Roizen, M.D.
and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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