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March 20, 2019
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Should You Smoke Weed Every Day? [Pros & Cons]

MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on March 20, 2019

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. Therefore, some individuals may be wondering, “is it bad to smoke weed everyday?”. Let’s take a look at the possible pros and cons of smoking weed everyday.

 

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5 Reasons Why We Should Smoke Weed Everyday

For some, every day is weed day. Others might be wondering “is weed bad for you?”. Here are some major reasons why consuming cannabis can actually be quite beneficial:

1 – Energy Boost

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. If you’re looking for a solution that just might prove better than your morning cup of coffee, consider smoking weed.

2 – Protect Your Brain

Another benefit of smoking marijuana; it may be capable of protecting your brain. 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.

3 – Reduced Blood Pressure

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

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

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

In order to provide a perspective and offer both sides of the story, here are the cons of smoking weed:

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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  • ***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.

  • 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.....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Yay,I need it bad I have nerve condition pain everywhere my leg hurts all the time arm,back,

  • everyone is different. You have to go off of how your body and mind reacts to smoking. I Have smoked weed a lot through out my life. if weed makes you lazy.or paranoid .. then you should not smoking... as for myself weed have changed my life. i was a troubled child growing up. from the age of 14 all of my friends were smoking weed ..having sex ...and drinking. I wasn't and i didn't want to.. i was no follower. i was doing a lot of fighting from 2 To 17.. that is it...so one day on my 18th bd.. i decided to smoke some Marijuana. that day ..that moment change my life. weed just made me chill out. i wasn't ready to punch no one in there face when they disrespected me... or said something i didn't like.. i didn't have no more fights. my temper was no longer available...you get the point. it felt real good to go through the week without having a altercation. i wish i would have started smoking at 16 ..maybe i wouldn't have been in a alternative school for bad children..smh..anyhow...if you don't smoke ..that's fine ...who cares if you do smoke.. i don't judge and neither should you..whoop!!!!

  • Everybody is different, but for me smoking weed every day left me feeling unmotivated and quite unhealthy actually.

  • I have smoked every day for 3.5 years now and it's starting to have more and more apparent negative effects, memory issues, lack of motivation and anxiety. At first I was using it for ptsd and it was great, I had more energy it helped me sleep, it improved my art but it's really started to shift in the last 6 months or so. a lot of these positives have really slowed down and I have more energy and happiness without it. It's a strange paradigm shift and I'm only mentioning it because these comments only seem to reference long term experience for a year or so.

    I am all for legislation, I think it's a very important plant don't get me wrong but I do believe we need more research in the long term effects of it so don't think I'm discouraging use but true long term isn't the walk in the park a lot of these comments are making it out to be.

  • I have smoked every day for 3.5 years now and it's starting to have more and more apparent negative effects, memory issues, lack of motivation and anxiety. At first I was using it for ptsd and it was great, I had more energy it helped me sleep, it improved my art but it's really started to shift in the last 6 months or so. a lot of these positives have really slowed down and I have more energy and happiness without it. It's a strange paradigm shift and I'm only mentioning it because these comments only seem to reference long term experience for a year or so.

    I am all for legislation, I think it's a very important plant don't get me wrong but I do believe we need more research in the long term effects of it so don't think I'm discouraging use but true long term isn't the walk in the park a lot of these comments are making it out to be. I'm planning on having a break and seeing how I adjust, i live with my partner who really is devoted to it and doesn't want to take breaks and often I'll give in a join him in a smoke.

  • I’ve smoked everyday since the mid 70’s, I haven’t experienced any bad side effects at all. Now in my late 50’s and after a bad car accident, I use it for my pain, much better than the damn drugs doctors had me on for 18 years. They need to open their eyes in Washington and legalize it now.

  • Bobby and Ashlyn Cain, your comments just made my day. I feel the same way and I love life so much. It's sad when people are judgemental, but it's great to see others speak with such love and freedom. Cheers

  • I started wen I was 20 n now 46. Yh the pros are pretty good. Senses are heightened, try new food(munchies) lol, sex can b like WOW it relieves pain, makes u feel good etc that's just a few 2 mention.
    Now the cons - short term memory lose, paranoia, psychosis n otha mental health issues etc plus many more.
    I myself love a good smoke but paranoia is a factor 4 me as well as short term memory lose.
    I stopped smoking 2 years ago n have had sum positive results coz of that. I can think clearly, my gf n I no longer argue, no PARANIA which is gr8 lol I'm not sayin u shld or shldnt smoke weed but if u experience any of these side effects then mayb u shld think, is it 4 me.
    Who knows in the near future I may smoke again.
    Up 2 the individual tbh if he/she wants 2 smoke n everybodys experiance is different.

  • This article was not helpful at all. It was so marijuana! Im neither for or against but was looking for some real information to make some intelligent choices.
    Unfortunately this article played up the benefits and downplayed any negative effects...'However, as it was the first study' or 'To be fair, if you do anything every day, it can be classified as an addiction!' WTF? Seriously if you want to be credible... Research facts and don't spin the results one way or the other.

  • I'm 64 and have been smoking off and on, with periods of regularity, since I was 15. Uh...what was I just writing...? (just kidding) Seriously, everyone is made differently; weed affects everyone differently. I can say from my own experience that I have never been addicted to weed. I never suffered any "withdrawal" effects once I'd decided to quit. Short-term memory loss can be countered by keeping one's mind engaged. Aging takes its physical toll on the body, and there is a huge medical industry out there ready to fill my body with drugs. "Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional" - there is such an enormous, unexplored psychological component to chronic pain, and rather than fill myself with pain pills as I help fill Big Pharma's coffer$, I'd rather kick back with a crumble of God's Own remedy in the bowl of my pipe :~))

  • It will help lower short term stress, but in the long run, it won't help. It can even aggravate the condition if you become a regular smoker. So better stay away from such stuff, if you are thinking of having it everyday.