Marijuana is known as a plant that provides a euphoric feeling, and there are cases in which it is linked to delusions cases, as also mouth swelling and other shocking effects, according to a research focus on the recreational use of marijuana.

“All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects,” in other words the effects of using pot, study author Dr. Eva Hoch said.

Hoch is part of the department of addictive behavior and addiction medicine at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. During an interview with Live Science, the study author explained the different kind and severity of all the weed’s effects depending on several factors, for example the composition of marijuana, the time of consumption, the consumer’s disposition and the amount of weed that they smoke.

Though the recreational use of this drug has been legalized in different US states, researchers are taking the chance to learn more about the effects of Marijuana and what it does to someone’s body and mind.

Hoch and collaborators have been analyzed 116 previous studies, which are focused on the recreational use of the drug, and not medical use. The investigators “were surprised by the variety of potential mental and physical health effects reported in the literature,” Hoch explained

Particularly, from the study, there are 12 signs of “acute intoxication”, known commonly as being “high on marijuana”, a term that doctors use to identify someone who is high with pot.

“Acute Intoxication”, includes anxiety or the feeling of agitation, trouble in paying attention or slow reaction time, the feeling of been disinhibited or euphoria, having a narrow judgment on the person’s abilities, having a different perception of time, experiencing acoustic, having tactile or optic illusions, experiencing the feeling of being dissociated from reality or the body, paranoid delusions or hallucinations, and showing impaired total mental and physical performance. [11 Odd Facts About Marijuana]

According to the study, most symptoms of cannabis intoxication normally go away after a few hours of using it, though there are cases of people who have experienced delusions of being high during a week.

Researchers explained that the use of recreational marijuana, has been linked to several mental effects:

  • Psychotic symptoms.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Deficient attention.
  • Impaired concentration.

Other consequences that come from the recreational use of this drug on the body include inflammation in the mouth, vomiting, extremely fast heartbeat, and soreness of the respiratory system, chronic bronchitis, and arrhythmia.

The most vulnerable to the cannabis effects are adolescents and children, people with history of mental disorders like anxiety, depression or psychosis, also pregnant women and others who have pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular problems, Hoch explained.

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