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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President

Cannabis & Health

Long term affects of regular cannabis use on the brain

Joints1The long-term effects of cannabis on the mind, the personality and the brain itself are a source of contention. Some doctors assert that repeated, long-term use of the drug can cause personality changes at best, actual brain damage at worst. However it should be stated that no definitive proof of this has been accepted by the medical establishment, with some (such as the British Medical Council) having stated that cannabis has no such long-term effects.

Something reported by long-term users, however, is a feeling of "mushiness" in the head through heavy and long-term use. There is the feeling that you are always slightly stoned, and further smoking is just "topping up" the effects that are always already there. This considered (or justified) by confirmed users to be perfectly harmless and even beneficial in some ways as it contributes to a general feeling of relaxation with life, sustained creativity (though this can lack focus) and an underlying happiness.

However, if things are not going well in your life, this could easily transmute into a feeling of helplessness and depression. Or, if things are mundane, lethargy and disinterest: the artificial euphoria induced by injesting active ingredients in cannabis may become the only thing you have to look forward to, and this is certainly the best way to become psychologically dependent on the drug. Certainly - it should go without saying - if you find (or suspect) that heavy cannabis use is impacting upon your job or personal relationships, you need to seriously consider taking a few months off.

Because of this "topping up", some of the other effects can become more-or-less permanent, though you find you get used to the more unpleasant ones such as paranoia, and can generally tune them out. However, short-term memory loss may well affect you frequently. Bear in mind though that these should disappear again if you take a break from smoking, and quite rapidly too.