Marijuana legalization is on the rise. While marijuana does have medicinal benefits and could potentially boost the economy, it’s important to know that there are negative side effects to the drug. Specifically, marijuana can have significant effects on the brain.
Here’s what you need to know before you decide whether or not to smoke the drug or consume weed-laced products. We’ll also take a quick look at how marijuana affects other parts of the body.
Smoking a lot of weed can potentially do damage to your short-term memory. A team of researchers in Switzerland examined marijuana users over a 25-year period. At the end of the study period, the test subjects took a test that assessed their cognitive abilities. The study concluded that those who smoked marijuana daily for at least five years had poorer verbal memory by their middle age than those who did not smoke.