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People might disagree that marijuana has no internal damage to a frequent user but that is not true and there is research to prove it.
According to a Quest Diagnostics article, "Side Effects of Quitting Marijuana," "There are three main side effect withdraws that come along when someone is trying to quit smoking weed" (Bolanos, 2017).
1. The Relapse Effect
A user can suffer from the following symptoms:
Anxiety- "A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome" (Dictionary.com)
Depression- "Mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life" (Mayo Clinic).
Irritability- "Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or made angry" (Dictionary.com).
All these symptoms can cause a user to go back to using the drug.
2. Psychological Effect
People will start to have a lot of feelings that were blocked by the use of the drug. These emotions and feelings cause regret and sadness. According to a professor at the University of Florida, Dr. Stuart Gitlow, "The overwhelming feelings can be too much to handle by the person that it will/can cause them to keep using the drug" (2017).
3. Physiological Effect
There has been studies conducted that show people have suffered from insomnia due to their use of marijuana. The use of marijuana can cause users to feel sleepy. The sleepy feeling can disrupt your sleeping pattern. Once the sleeping pattern is disrupted, it can take days, months, or even years for people to get their rhythm back.
Stop using the drug before it is too late.