Marijuana Use - Ten Tips for How and Why to Quit

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hi I'm dr. Nicholas Cohen and I'm here

to share with you a top 10 list of tips

to help prevent and treat marijuana use

tip number one is first of all

understand the physical health problems

that are caused by marijuana use let's

start with lung problems marijuana smoke

has three times the amount of tar of

tobacco smoke and 50% more of the agents

that caused cancer than a cigarette

pulmonary when lung function testing is


pulmonary vital capacity which is the

ability of the lungs to take in oxygen

is decreased in you in people who use

marijuana regularly also the diffusing

capacity of the lung or the lungs

ability to transfer oxygen into blood is

decreased in individuals who smoke

tobacco and marijuana compared to just

individuals who smoke tobacco so the

additional effect of marijuana is to

decrease the ability of the lung to

absorb oxygen into the bloodstream

marijuana also causes an irritation to

the lungs which can often lead to a dry

cough can lead to wheezing bronchitis as

well as can trigger asthma exacerbations

in people with underlying asthma in

addition to lung problems marijuana use

can affect the heart it causes an ink

marijuana use causes an increased

increased heart rate as well as an

increased cardiac output which is the

amount of blood your your heart pushes

out marijuana can cause angina which is

chest pain that's caused by not enough

oxygen getting to your heart and it can

cause it's especially in people with

heart disease and among people who use

marijuana and have a heart attack

it's [ __ ] it's five times more likely to

occur a heart attack is five times more

likely to recur occur within the first

hour after marijuana use and people with

so in in marijuana smokers who have a

heart attack they're five times more

likely to have that heart attack within

an hour of smoking marijuana also

marijuana use causes reproductive

problems it's been shown to lower the

testosterone level in men which can lead

to decreased sex drive as well as

impotence trouble having it getting an

erection in other words and breast

enlargement in women it can increase

prolactin which can lead to breast

discharge and menstrual irregularities

and in pregnant women it can impair the

baby's growth and ultimately the baby's

intelligence and it can increase the

baby's risk of developing hyperactivity

depression and substance abuse later in

life and lastly for health problems

brain problems so mothers who smoke

while they are pregnant can ultimately

have babies with lower intelligence as

adults and teenagers who smoke can have

an impact a negative impact on their

cognitive development the development of

their brain so that was chip number one

understanding the physical health

problems that are caused by smoking

marijuana tip number two is

understanding the mental health problems

anxiety panic attacks and depression can

be triggered by marijuana use and these

mood disorders as a whole group occur in

60% of those who regularly smoke

marijuana also in people with

schizophrenia marijuana use can trigger

psychosis or psychotic episodes tip

number three understand the the societal

or the the impact on your interactions

with other people that marijuana use can

cause so marijuana use decreases your

reaction time

impairs attention concentration

short-term memory and risk assessment so

you're more likely to make bad decisions

and drivers are up to 7 times more

likely to get into accidents when

they're smoking marijuana than when

they're not regular users are four times

more likely to commit crimes in general

that's probably because of their

decreased ability to make good decisions

and their decreased ability to

understand risks compared to non

marijuana users tip number four so we've

talked about tip number one was the

physical health problems tip number two

was the mental health problems tip

number three was the societal and and

criminal possible impact of marijuana

use tip number four is that marijuana

use is can be considered a gateway drug

in addition to alcohol and tobacco

meaning that marijuana users are more

likely to become users of other illegal

drugs such as cocaine stimulants

hallucinogens opioids and sedatives tip

number five so we've covered mental

physical societal problems we've covered

that marijuana is can be lead to the use

of other drugs tip number five is that

it can impact your motivation and

ultimately lead to being less successful

in life so marijuana use is responsible

for what's called the amotivational

syndrome it impairs occupational

functioning increases teenagers risk of

dropping out of school and adults risks

of being unemployed regular users are

less likely to graduate from college and

are more like and are less likely to

earn more than thirty thousand dollars a

year so in other words people who smoke

marijuana regularly are less likely to

earn $30,000 or more year

so we've talked about all the problems

and the risks associated marijuana use

tip number six is what you can do to

prevent it or treat it so if you suspect

your if you're a parent or you care for

someone who smokes marijuana it's

important to talk about it openly and

identify the problem and discuss the

risks that I've described above tip

number seven is find healthy ways to

deal with stress a specifically exercise

so marijuana use is often used to deal

with stress and exercise is a much more

productive and healthy way to deal with

stress it's recommended that all adults

exercised for at least 30 minutes a day

on most if not all days of the week tip

number eight is see your doctor if

you're smoking marijuana regularly or if

you know a loved one who's smoking

marijuana regularly go see the doctor

marijuana use is often caused by is

often do is is often used to treat

undiagnosed anxiety and depression so

you may actually have an anxiety

disorder or depression or panic attacks

that are leading you to cause America to

use marijuana and there are effective

treatments too for those conditions so

that you're not covering them up with

marijuana but you could actually have

them treated effectively for you could

actually treat your depression or treat

your anxiety instead of using marijuana

to escape from your feelings and tip

number nine is ask your doctor about

psychotherapy so psychotherapy has been

proven to help people come off of

marijuana use cognitive behavioral

therapy is where you would work with

your therapist to understand what led to

marijuana use how it affects your life

and why it's hard for you to stop

another form of therapy is motivational

interviewing which can help you identify

in yourself your own reasons for using


your own reasons for wanting to quit and

tip number 10 is to believe in yourself

marijuana use is extremely common and it

has significant impacts on your health

and well-being

I hope some of these tips have been

helpful thank you very much for

listening and have a great day