Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug today throughout the world. Teens are more likely to abuse and get addicted to the Marijuana. According to Monitoring the Future survey 2009, about 7 percent of 8th graders, 16 percent of 10th graders, and 21 percent of 12th graders were abusing Marijuana in 2009.

The drug abuse in teens has many negative effects, both long-term as well as short-term. Proper awareness among teens about these effects can keep them alarmed and away from Marijuana abuse. Here are a few short-term and long-term effects of Marijuana drug abuse among teens.

Short term effects:

Impacts brain function

The THC compound in Marijuana is carried to the brain through the blood stream whenever a person abuses it. THC binds with the Cannabinoid receptors of the nerve cells and changes the activities of neurons. As these receptors control the memory, thought, sensation of pleasure, perception and concentration power, Marijuana abuse affects all these functions of brain.

Problem with thinking

Studies show that cognitive abilities of user are altered due to Marijuana abuse. The abused will have less ability to learn and remember things and they perform worse in recalling the information. It impacts their studies.

Improper perception

Marijuana abuse results in increased sensory perceptions, distorted image of self and time perception. Marijuana affects the readiness to respond, motivation, ability to identify and distinguish the things.

Increases the heart rate, anxiety and panic

Heart beat will be increased more rapidly by smoking Marijuana. If a normal heart rate is 70 to 80 beats per minute, it is increased by 20 to 50 beats per minute or some times doubles after smoking Marijuana. Marijuana abuse also causes anxiety, fear, and panic.

It makes driving risky

THC affects the function of the cerebellum, which is a part of the brain that controls balance and coordination. It also affects the reaction time and judgment ability. So users can not react or take decisions quickly. The abuser cannot respond to sounds and signals while driving which increases the risk of accident.

Long term affects:

Affect on brain

The main chemical compound in Marijuana – THC, influences the vital nerve cells in the brain responsible for pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception. The users' ability to do the complex tasks can be reduced by using Marijuana. Users might face many other mental problems such as poor thinking, memory loss etc.

Affect on lungs and airways

Marijuana smokers are more likely to have breathing problems compared to tobacco smokers. The abused may frequently suffer from cough, chest cold, phlegm production and chest illness. It also increases the risk of obstructed airways and lung infections.


The smoke of Marijuana has some cancer causing compounds. Thus, smoking marijuana increases the chances of lung cancer. It also increases the risk of developing cancer to the head or neck of the user in the long run.

Immune system

The immune system in human body protects it from many diseases. Marijuana usage affects the immune system of the users. Marijuana damages the ability of T lymphocytes in the lungs' immune defense system that are vital to fight off infections.

These are some of the negative affects of the Marijuana. The abuse of marijuana affects teens in many other harmful ways. It is very important to spread awareness among teens about the health, safety and legal risks of Marijuana abuse.

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7 thoughts on “Long Term Effects Of Lupus


    What are treatment options for lupus?
    also, what are long term effects of the disease? are there any ways to prevent the occurrence?

    1. Linda R

      The treatment goals in lupus are to reduce symptoms and prevent permanent damage. This is accomplished through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressive medications, biologics and chemotherapy. The specific medications depend on what body parts are affected by the lupus and the severity of the autoimmune activity.

      If a patient is a good self manager, is compliant with the treatment regimen, and is proactive about overall health a lupus patient can generally expect to live a normal life span. However, every drug we take has some toxic side effect. There has not been a new drug approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of lupus since November 20, 1958!

      Long term effects depend on what organs are affected and how severly. What is know for certain is that lupus patients have double the risk of cardiovascular events brought on by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

      Since the cause of lupus is not understood, there is no known way to prevent it.

      Lupus is not contagious. Lupus is not sexually transmitted. Lupus is not HIV/AIDS. Lupus is not cancer.

  2. Shazza48

    I have lupus (sle) Can anyone advise me on the long term affects of Plaquenil?
    I have sle (lupus) and am on the drug plaquenil which apparently is a drug that they use to treat malaria with. They say it can cause you to lose your eyesight – Is there anyone out there on the same drug and how do you feel about it. I went off it for a couple of month’s against my Doctor’s advice and regretted it as I got sick again. Thanks for your help.

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      Long term effects can be damage to vision, liver and kidneys. Plaquenil is an old medication and is used by doctors who aren’t very current in their Lupus medications. Presently, Cellcept is a much better medication to treat Lupus flares (Myfortic is Cellcept in a time released form and can be used if stomach issues arise). Cellcept was initally used as an anti rejection medication for transplant patients but it’s ability to lower the immune system response has proven it to be very effective in controlling SLE.

      There are many additional drugs in Phase II and Phase III clinical trials. Most recently, Rituxan has been used to target the “B” cells of the immune system and seem to be showing good progress.

      I would suggest bringing up the names of these medications with your rheumatologist and inquiring to their benefits in your case. Obviously, every case of SLE is different and there may be specific reasons why your doctor has kept you on Plaquenil but in most cases we find that it’s more a lack of current education rather than any specific objection to newer medications.

      If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

  3. Does anybody know if theres any long-term effects on taking prescription drugs most of your life?
    Specifically, Zoloft and Xanax? I’ve heard that Lupus can develop if certain prescription drugs are used for several years.

  4. Shelby

    What would happen if you’re a long-term user of Percocet and you suddenly stop?
    My grandma has taken loratabs for 5 or 6 years then you switched to percocets for 5 or 6 months and now her doctor is going not going to give her anything she has severe pain from lupus. I want to know what the dangers are for her.

    1. Elija

      She can experience withdrawal effects, which can cause severe flu-like symptoms. Why has her doctor suddenly stopped it? If she is a chronic pain sufferer, it is not a good idea for her not to take her pain medications abruptly. Has her doctor made alternative pain management arrangements?

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