Should You Smoke Weed Every Day? [Pros & Cons]
March 19, 2019
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Should You Smoke Weed Every Day? [Pros & Cons]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 19, 2019

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Despite all the issues regarding legislation, the United States is the second biggest weed smoking population in the world. A recent survey shows that 16.3% of Americans smoke weed; only Iceland has a higher rate with 18.3%. Apparently, only 8% of Dutch people consume marijuana!

Perhaps more pertinently, 8.4 million Americans smoke marijuana almost every day. While there are a lot of recreational users, most people still need weed to tackle medical issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. While high-profile entities like rapper Nate Dogg recommend that we “smoke weed everyday,” is this actually a good idea or should we be wary of long-term effects? Remember, marijuana research is still in its relative infancy, and there are very few longer-term studies. Let’s take a look at the pros and possible cons.

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5 Reasons Why We Should Smoke Weed Everyday

1 – Energy Boost

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One of the great myths surrounding cannabis is that it makes you lazy and unmotivated. While there are some marijuana strains notorious for inducing couch lock, sativa strains are often energizing and could be just what you need to get through monotonous daily tasks.

2 – Protect Your Brain

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A recent study conducted by scientists in Germany and Israel showed that cannabis can increase nerve cells in the brain, which is a crucial aspect of our ability to learn. As we get older, our cognitive ability decreases, and we are more susceptible to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Daily weed smoking could slow down this cognitive decline and keep our brains in better shape for longer.

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3 – Reduced Blood Pressure

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Smoking weed on an irregular basis results in a temporary spike in blood pressure. However, if we use marijuana for weeks on end, the body adapts and avoids the spike. Indeed, ingesting THC and accompanying cannabinoids not only helps lower blood pressure over time, but it also helps you maintain these healthy levels.

4 – End Dependence on Opioids

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America is clearly in the midst of an opioid epidemic that claims almost 100 lives a day! One of the main reasons people use these harmful drugs is to treat symptoms of medical conditions. The thing is, marijuana can help you with all of these conditions, and it has none of the deleterious side effects. A 2016 study conducted in Michigan, for example, showed that medical cannabis resulted in a 64% decrease in opioid use. Simply start slow, and up your dosage until you feel positive effects.

5 – Weight Loss

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Speaking of epidemics, obesity continues to rise to the point where it’s estimated there will be more obese Americans than non-obese in a few decades! An article published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2013 suggests that smoking marijuana can reduce waist size and help ward off diabetes. It also said that regular weed smokers have a smaller waist circumference than non-users, which is likely due to the fact that they have a better carbohydrate metabolism. Additionally, it is known that weed smokers have lower fasting insulin levels and are less resistant to insulin produced by the body, all of which helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level.

5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Smoke Weed Everyday

1 – Negative Impact on Short-Term Memory & Verbal Memory

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Data from one of the few completed long-term marijuana use studies was revealed by the University of Lausanne recently. Professor Reto Auer was the lead on the study, which looked at the marijuana habits of around 3,500 Americans over the last 25 years. It found that those who smoked weed daily had poorer verbal memory by the time they reached middle age.

To be clear, there was little impact on long-term memory, and only 311 people had over five years’ worth of daily marijuana exposure (the equivalent of smoking pot every day for a year). Problem-solving ability was also not affected. However, there was a clear link between marijuana use and short-term memory loss; the more cannabis used, the worse the performance on memory tests.

2 – Addiction

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To be fair, if you do anything every day, it can be classified as an addiction! According to Dr. Stuart Gitlow at the University of Florida, one of the main issues of marijuana “addiction” is its increasing strength. He says it is far stronger than it was a few years ago, and is more likely to give users a psychedelic feel than a mildly intoxicating sensation. As a consequence, cannabis could become more addictive as users continue to chase that ‘high.’

As such, according to Dr. Joseph Garbely of the Caron Treatment Center, around 15% of cannabis users become addicted. He also suggests that it changes the way a brain matures, and emphasizes the point that the younger you start, the more likely you are to become addicted.

3 – A Possible Drop in IQ

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One of the most concerning aspects of long-term marijuana use could be its potential to lower your IQ. A 2012 study in New Zealand showed that people who started smoking weed heavily in their teens experienced an 8-point drop in their IQ between the ages of 13 and 38.

4 – Potential Increase in Risk of Cardiac Event

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Even though daily marijuana use could result in lower blood pressure, another study suggests it may actually increase your risk of hypertension. The 6-year study, which was published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, looked at the heart health of 1,200 people, and concluded that regular weed users were 3.34 times more likely to die from hypertension than were non-users. However, as it was the first study to look at the long-term effects of marijuana on the heart, we shouldn’t take its findings as Gospel — but it is something to watch out for.

5 – Sexual Health & Reproduction Issues

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Lastly, it has been suggested that heavy use of marijuana could reduce testosterone levels and sperm count in men, leading to infertility. Also, the high levels of carbon monoxide in the smoke could prove harmful to pregnant women, as it may result in lower birth weight. However, findings from various studies contradict one another in relation to marijuana use and decreased testosterone – way back in 1974, for example, a study found that marijuana had no noticeable effect on plasma testosterone. As such, we should take this particular claim with a bucketful of salt.

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Final Thoughts on Smoking Weed Everyday

We haven’t even touched on other potential benefits of daily weed smoking, such as boosting creativity and reducing joint inflammation. So taking that into consideration, let’s be clear: There simply aren’t enough studies on the long-term use of marijuana to come to any definitive conclusions. The idea that daily use could result in decreased brain function IS a genuine concern, but in our experience, long-term pot users do not fall into the ‘spaced out stoner’ stereotype.

Marijuana ‘is’ a drug, though – it gets you high, and most users feel amazing during the experience. This can certainly lead to addiction problems and, unless you NEED it to help with chronic pain or another medical condition, we wouldn’t recommend smoking it daily as an escape measure or as a relaxant. However, much of the negative data is contradicted by other studies, and there already seems little doubt that cannabis is a vastly superior painkiller to opioids.

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19 comments
  1. david blaine
    Media Outlets and Government Sites are NOT Good Sources of Information and Research

    As far as I am concerned, newspapers, media outlets and government websites are some of the worst sources in existence for medical research.

    I only see ONE single peer reviewed journal entry in your sources which just doesn’t cut the mustard.

    Take everything here with a grain of salt.

  2. Joe Young
    Still addicted but wanting to quit tbh

    When i was in the crisis bed. Literally like cold turkey stopped smoking weed because of incarceration. I experienced my first psychotic break. which i did not know what it was until they gave me insight, classes with group of peers with same symptoms or experiences, and anti-psychotic meds to make me feel “normal” as what the psychiatrists says. IDK if weed plays a part to trigger such symptoms or i didn’t get tampered off of weed slowly(winged off of) during a mental hold or just stopped cold turkey from lots of weed use. When I Stopped smoking dabs and wooties @ cold turkeyI have experienced schizophrenia, catatonia, insomnia, paranoia, and suicide thoughts. Never i have had these thoughts or experience of my whole 23 years of life then all of a sudden at 23 yrs old i felt useless, possessed, and not me anymore. The conclusion of this is everyone is different. Even the healthiest person is diagnose with cancer out the cuts. I can promise you who ever is reading this is that couple psychiatrists will tell you a different opinion on marijuana specifically. It do has its pros and cons. Just Do You and keep the head-knob on swivel yeeeee.

  3. Maxie Telbert
    Pros of Marijuana

    I am an anxiety patient and i am taking weed since 4 weeks. Smoking weed has shown positive results and i feel relaxed and happy than before. Then one of my friends recommended me of having MMJ card so that i can have weed legally. So, I searched for it on google and get to know that Online medical card helps in getting the card online without any hustle by having video call with their 420 doctor. I got the card with in 2-3 business days…..

  4. Thien Nguyen
    You're confused with yourself if you should continue to smoke weed or not? READ THIS COMMENT

    ***READ THIS COMMENT if you’re still confused if you should keep smoking or quit.
    When you’re reading these articles, don’t try to read all of the comments since most of the people who are searching for these kind of information are just finding a way to justify their decisions: smoking or getting back to weed (some of them wrote it while getting high). I have smoked weed (joints, drinks, edibles, pen) for over 2 years and have stopped for almost 3 months now. Let me tell you, it changes my life totally.
    *** HOW DOES IT CHANGE MY LIFE?
    I agree that you can think outside of the box when you are high, and sometimes you can come up with new ideas to whatever projects you are having, BUT you can not execute them 100% at least to my personal experience. In a simple term, you just think of ideas but not actually doing it. For me, when I smoke weed, I get so much more productive. I am a business man. Back then, when I smoked weed, I kept thinking of ideas to improve my business but the execution was terrible. Now that I have stopped, I have more time to do things instead of sitting around and thinking about life. Yes, I am actually doing things now, constantly watching business videos, meeting new clients, working out, etc. A LOT MORE THINGS i could only think without doing when I was on weed.
    ***MY ADVICE:
    I came to weed because I had a hard life, including marriage and family, I thought of weed as an escape and that was the biggest mistake I have ever done in life. If you still think that smoking weed is a crucial thing you have to do, I recommend giving yourself a break for about 2-3 months and see the new changes then think again if you should still continue to smoke. Put your effort into totally breaking it, you will see results.

  5. Fred Housely
    No!

    I love weed, I love joints, bongs, vaping, CBD, edibles… but no i do not think you should smoke every day, just like I don’t think you should drink booze every day, eat chocolate every day, have sex everyday…almost everything in excess is bound to cause some unpleasant effects. Less is more people!!!

  6. My name
    Grass is good

    Everyone in the comments has made some really good points. I’ve been smoking for about 4 years now. Personally, I think the pros of smoking marijuana outweigh the cons. Of course, weed affects everyone differently. For the first couple of yrs I smoked, I smoked a lil too much tbh haha. For me at least. I was smoking to simply get high and escape reality. Which I now don’t think is healthy to do for long periods of time. And then I took a t break for like 6 months or so haha and now I’m back to smoking regularly, but with limitations of course so I’m not zooted out of my mind. I struggle with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety and it honestly helps a lot. I also have a hard time concentrating a lot of the time and most strains help me with that too. Before I decided to medicate almost solely with some ganj, I was prescribed numerous medications. Not only were some of them addicting, but they made my mind so foggy, I was almost always tired, and they were also easy to od on, which isn’t safe for someone who is suicidal to have prescription drugs at hand like that obvi haha. I will admit I have some problems with my memory from smoking, but it could also be bc I had a severe concussion a few years ago and used to do Xanax. Also, I’m not sure how good weed is for your lungs ofc. Not nearly as bad as cigs ofc. Honestly the only significant con I’m aware of currently is the fact it’s illegal federally in the us.

  7. your name
    me personally

    Heyo my plant friends. So I’ve been smoking fat twice to 3 times a day for about a year, I’ve recently switched to pens because smoking that much weed was jackin my memory to the point where i couldn’t remember what i had for breakfast at ex 9:00 when i’m at work around 5. but, what’s interesting is pens don’t do the same thing to me no matter what strain. Can anyone else relate lmao anyway just sharin a sliver into my weed journey much love stay high “if god made weed then damn it make it legal”
    -Bob Ross(may he rest in peace) <3

  8. Bobby
    For the grumpy grumps out there 🙂

    I have been that straight edge kid that always hated weed. I thought it would make you a “degenerate”, as it was taught at my elementary school, lol. All it took was one time in college that I realized with a couple of puffs on a single joint, everything is ok. Some people think weed makes you an oblivious nutjob, and thats ok! With the power of weed that GOD had let grow on his vast green earth, the gift that would have been forever lost is now here for our consumption. Might I say, on behalf of most stoners like myself, to those who have always opposed it, we are here with you guys on this dope GREEN earth, lets share it. No hate

    1. Cam

      Bobby – I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thank you for explaining that can happen (I’m quite similar).
      Cheers!

  9. Ashley

    I’ve been trying to do some research on the effects of weed. My boyfriend wants to start smoking again and I am not okay with it. I have done research before, I’m not stupid about the pros and cons of it but I do not like the way it effects him. These points made on this page seem made up and very opinionated. You would actually come up with some good points…

    1. Zac
      Poor Guy

      Sounds like he needs a new girlfriend.

      1. Deceivedmomof5
        Is America really free

        I agree with that this lady sounds like an un educated dumbass if something makes my husband happy I don’t just turn on it and say I don’t like it but I have used it for years for my extreme depression and anxiety disorder I have also used prescribed medication and I felt sick on the man made poison but my lord in heaven gave me a better way to live our laws are wrong. No one person is going to have the same reaction that is why we should have freedom of choice but our laws say we are not really free to choose for ourselves all you stupid Democrats and liberals need shock therapy. We grown people should be free to decide to use or not to use but we legally have no choice so is America really got the freedom our troops fight for I say no.

      2. Anonomouu

        Sounds like you need a girlfriend

    2. John Martin

      The long term effects of smoking weed are, THC messes with your balance, It can increase your risk of depression, Smoking weed can cause psychosis which means you are not in touch with reality, it messes up your short term memory , People you have a conversation with are not on the same level as you because you are stoned, a bit like been around a drunk person when you are sober. AVOID Weed at all costs, i know a guy who has smoked weed for 25 years and i hardly know him now, he is a different person because he is stoned all the time.

      1. Taylor

        John Martin, sounds like your friend’s problems are the result of smoking way to much weed over the long term. I smoke everyday after work to relax and chill out; it’s like someone having a drink or two every evening. However we all know those people, who do things to the extreme, be it smoking weed, drinking to excess, betting to much on the “ponies”, eating excessively, or even working out excessively. My point is that anything can be done to excess, even things that most people think are “good “, and cause your life to go to shit. If your friend didn’t smoke weed all the time it sounds very likely that he would do something else to excess and have the same kind of issues.

      2. Ashlyn Cain

        John Martin, now that seems opionated lol. did u ever think maybe he’s just happy and doesn’t give a shit about monotonous daily issues, maybe he’s chilled out and content with his life, I mean not every one has a happy perfect life.. maybe escaping it was healthier than going crazy from depression. And as far as increasing risk of depression, I’ve suffered from severe clinical depression since I was 12, was suicidal and self harmed for a very long time. According to my doctor I need address for my adhd, antidepressanta, sleeping meds for insomnia, and klonipin for anxiety. When i was 16 i discovered weed and dropped all of the pills immediately. Don’t hate just because u can’t relate. I smoke exactly a gram a day to love life instead of taking 15 pills a day and still being miserable. Not everyone has a perfect, pretty life and not every one can be happy on their own, some of us just aren’t programmed that way and if escaping is what he needed to be happy, all the love & luck to him. Blessings.

  10. Joshuah

    We may not have a deep understanding of the effects of marijuana, but we have a deep understanding of most pharmaceuticals, and our understanding of marijuana is just deep enough that we can say marijuana is the better alternative to a lot of the pharma-treated conditions out there.

  11. Julie Crittendon

    Weed gives me a lot of energy. It really helps to get me through the day.

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