Marijuana use has several short- and long-term effects on the body that users may not consider. The most problematic acute, or short-term, effects include motor impairment and increased reaction time. For this reason, individuals should never operate a car or other machinery while under the influence of marijuana. Individuals should also be aware of the possible psychological effects of marijuana, including anxiety, paranoia, and depersonalization. Some studies have linked marijuana use to episodes of psychiatric illness, such as mood and schizophrenia-related disorders.
Furthermore, individuals who regularly smoke marijuana may develop serious respiratory and cardiovascular problems in the long term. Researchers continue to debate other long-term effects of marijuana abuse, but possible links include the reduction of short-term memory and an inhibited ability to learn. In addition, researchers have proposed links between regular marijuana use and depression.
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