What are the advantages and disadvantages of weed?

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  • Advantages :

    -It's the most versatile medicine available. It's rarely a cure, but it can manage hundreds of symptoms.

    -It's more effective at fighting of tumors than chemotherapy or radiation.

    -It's the safest choice for recreational drug use. It cannot cause an overdose, nor a physical addiction. Sobering up is easier to do with weed than other substances.

    -It opens up the mind and makes you see things in a whole new perspective.

    Disadvantages :

    -Despite not being physically addictive, people can create a psychological dependence on weed. Which can lead to a negative spiral down until someone has an empty life.

    -Abuse at a young age can cause permanent damage, especially for those who have a predisposition for schizophrenia. Abuse at a later age can cause temporary changes in brainfunctions while still using even though sober at the moment. This however completely disappears after a week - 2 weeks of soberness. Then all brain functions get restored to normal.

    There is no damage, marijuana does not kill brain cells.

    • Not only the most versatile medicine, but also the safest. The most dangerous drugs are legal pharmaceuticals like anti-depressants and heavy painkillers.

      Oh yes and it's illegal, biggest downside.

      Why the downvote? I've shared nothing but facts.

    • Also I shouldn't forget to mention that the only reason weed acts like a gateway drug is because it's illegal.

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What Guys Said 14

  • It really depends on the person. For example the munchies would be a benefit to skinny or anorexic people, but not for someone overweight (that is if they choose to eat, it's under their control).

    When I used to smoke I enjoyed small amounts. It was mood lifting, anti depressant, creativity inspiring, motivated me to finish boring tasks, stimulated apatite, enjoyed life more even thought my life was already good. The only negatives was I sometimes got anxiety, but I've had that all my life. It helps some peoples anxiety.

    Some of these people saying there are none are just uneducated and gullible to propaganda. It has more medicinal uses than almost any other drug on the planet and is non toxic. Sure it's not good for some people, but that's not everyone. Marijuana doesn't make you a loser, being a loser makes you a loser.

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    Unbiased advantages and disadvantages from Erowid:


    - mood lift, euphoria

    - increased giggling and laughing

    - relaxation, stress reduction

    - creative, philosophical, abstract, or deep thinking : ideas flow more easily

    - increased appreciation or awareness of music; deeper connection to music; increased emotional impact of music

    - increased awareness of senses (eating, drinking, smell)

    - change in experience of muscle fatigue; pleasant body feel; increase in body/mind connection

    - pain relief (headaches, cramps)

    - reduced nausea, increased appetite (used medically for this)

    - boring tasks or entertainment can become more interesting or funny


    - nausea, especially in combination with alcohol, some pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactives (But usually used to treat nausea such as in cancer patients)

    - coughing, asthma, upper respiratory problems (But THC relieves asthma)

    - difficulty with short-term memory during effects and during periods of frequent use

    - racing heart, agitation, feeling tense

    - mild to severe anxiety

    - panic attacks in sensitive users or with very high doses (oral use increases risk of getting too much)

    - headaches (But usually relieves headaches)

    - dizziness, confusion

    - lightheadedness or fainting (in cases of lowered blood pressure)

    - paranoid & anxious thoughts more frequent

    - possible psychological dependence on cannabis

    - clumsiness, loss of coordination at high doses

    - can precipitate or exacerbate latent or existing mental disorders (also used to treat some, like anxiety)

  • Advantages..you look cool to stupid people. You can have sex with girls easily if they're high.

    Disadvantages..you disconnect from friends and family, damage your lungs first and then your brain.

    • If you have an adult brain when you start smoking there is no permanent brain damage. Using it in edibles or in a vaporizer also means no lung damage.

  • Like what Blaxican said, drugs like weed, cocaine, meth just trigger chemicals in your brain to put you into a mind set. Weed relaxes you and its good but not for me.

    I'm a guy who likes to be in control of his body 24/7, that's why I rarely get drunk or do drugs, it slightly makes things a bit harder to control.

    Advantage - Your able to relax, unwind, let things go easily over if you were sober.

    Disadvantage- Too much of anything can't be good for you/or is an obsession/addiction.

  • The disadvantages is that there is no advantages smoking this stuff, your always going to end up a paranoid 30 year old with no job and no self esteem, because weed kills all that, if you don't believe this, then smoke it for a few years, by then its to late to reverse the effect but at least you will have proof that this is what it does to you right, simple.

  • When I did it at uni, it has its plus side as well as downside. Just because alcohol is legal, doesn't mean it's healthy. To compare, weed doesn't make you loose control of your muscles, and make you walk funny or slur your speech. It did however made me hungrier and at the time I felt it effected my memory. Of which alcohol doesn't have the same problem.

    Also, a drunk driver seriously injured my brother. I doubt a person on weed would have had the same effect. It makes you slower, and so, drive slower.

    We have safeguards in place that don't always work like don't drink & drive. If weed was made legal, I think similar safeguards wouldn't work.

    As long as you're a responsible person, it can be fine. But on reflection, I'm glad I've stopped that. Didn't last long when it did.

  • Well I have done it a couple of times and I will probably do it again...


    - It relaxes you

    - Its a psychadelic drug, so you are going to feel like you are flying and see funny stuff and what not

    - Everything seems so much more funny and awesome.

    - You do stupid and funny stuff at the same time, that after a while you are like wtf!


    - It is very harmful to your brain

    - Although it is not as addictive as cigarretes or alcohol, every person that I know who does it, or starts doing it, does it regularly.

    -Weed impairs yoru judgement quiet a lot, so you better not drive when you are high...trust me I know.

    - A huge case of the munchies...one day that I did it I ate 4 burgers that same night at the same time.

  • Keeping in mind the effects can vary based on one's biochemical composition... the benefits *I* get are clearer and much more efficient thinking, relaxation, reduced anxiety and depression, regularity in my sleeping pattern, food tastes better, music and sounds are much more interesting and thought provoking, and of course, I feel it has helped immensely with my creativity and more importantly, finding an appropriate outlet for it.

    The negatives would be how f-cking expensive it can get, the smoke inhalation (though this can be remedied with a vaporizer), and my complete lack of a memory. It was bad to begin with, but now I practically have amnesia. I miss remembering were things were. I also tend to forget what I'm talking about mid-conversation. Love it when that happens.

    That's it, though. The positives outweigh the negatives to me and it's not a close call whatsoever.

  • For me


    -minimal hangover

    -no adverse physical effects, you can train and smoke

    -great at relieving extreme stress

    -music is great

    -Gentle on your mind and body compared to other drugs when used correctly


    -It can ruin a good active vibe you are having, ie. feeling a bit lazy the following days

    -passive social interactions, no use going out and meet people high

    -easy to abuse and people may think it's not a big deal


  • It gives you a false sense of euphoria. Just like other drugs. It makes even stupid things funny. It makes you make stupid decisions and be annoying sometimes. I've taken one puff and that is what I can take from it. I've also seen people high. Some are chill, some are annoying. I guess the main disadvantage is its illegal. I don't know if it has the same polluting and toxic effects as cigarettes. Seems like it wouldn't but idk.

  • there is no advantages of smoking weed because it's stupid anyways

  • LOL! Me and my big mouth! You shouldn't have even known that I was able to answer this question! Well the only real advantages would be getting high/relieving stress. I haven't smoked pot or hash for several decades...junior year of high school was high all the time...disadvantages..cost lots of money, seemed like I usually forgot stuff that happened or that I learnec when I was high...btw..I agree with martyfellow about disconnecting from friends & family but disagree on sex...I was never any good with sex while high...paranoid I guess..I just got so I didn't like the high anymore

  • Depends on who you are but for me its a cool way to make a boring night in awesome. Downsides would be the anxiety of being baked in public and some conversations with other people can get confusing. I literally forget the subject mid conversation sometimes.

  • I smoke.



    -Socially Outgoing


    -I find myself more productive/creative


    -I easily get confused with time

    -Think my thoughts out loud

    -Get Hungry as F***.

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What Girls Said 12

  • I don't smoke but everyone in my circle of friends does.

    It relaxes you and makes you more laidback, which is good sometimes.. but not all the time.

    I've found that people tend to get dependent on it as a socializing mechanism.. like they feel awkward if they're hanging out with friends without smoking. That can happen with any social drug though.

    I guess the main good thing about weed that I've seen is that it relaxes you. And of course it has medicinal properties, which can't be said of many other recreational drugs.

    But I don't really like the way people act on it. They don't really pay attention when you're talking to them, or they forget what you just said, they laugh at dumb things. I tried it once and I didn't like how slow it made me feel. Not my drug of choice. But not the worst drug out there I guess.

  • I smoked for 3yrs and I'm glad I stopped. Got really boring.

    Advantages: really I was just relaxed.

    Disadvantages: I was lazy and tired alot. Never really did much of anything when I was blazed.

    And also, the high wasn't low enough if you can understand what I mean. I moved to dope after awhile. I honestly don't believe I had got strung out on heroin because of pot but I think it had a small part in it. Just knowing I could alter my feeling through pot and reach a better feeling through heroin.

  • I don't smoke, but neutrally speaking here:

    advantages: lower inhibitions, easy friends, giggly/fun behavior/memories, potential hallucinations, easy weight gain if you're underweight, generally good times

    disadvantages: lowered awareness, potential addiction/lung cancer (this CAN happen from weed by the way I'm not just saying those things), really strong smell easily recognizeable to cops, potential career interference (companies can drug test you, even like sesame place drug tests), potential arrest/rehab.

    not saying either way is better, it's your choice.

  • I used to smoke weed, but I have a bad hallucination, so I stopped.


    usually, I think it's the least dangerous drug. it's even less dangerous than cigarettes. you laugh alot, and have a good time. it brings up your mood, and takes the stress away, sometimes, people use it to get rid of aches and pains in their body. sometimes, you can have a funn hallucination, that's non-harmful.


    it's illegal, which I think is stupid. sometimes, you can have really bad hallucinations, that can be dangerous to your life and your health.

    My Hallucination:

    I smoked a lot of weed one night with my older sister and her friends. I was sitting on my couch, and I was having a hallucination that someone was breaking into my house. and my vision was all fuzzy and blurry, as if I was shaking my head really fast. I couldn't focus on anything. I started screaming, and ran to the basement door. and almost fell down the basement stairs, but my sister was there, and she pulled me back.

    so obviously, I could've really gotten hurt. and then after all that hallucination, I threw up for an hour.

    it has it's positives and negatives, but generally, it has different effects on people. it depends on the person, I guess.

  • It's fun, great for inspiration if you've got writer's block, a great way to bond with friends, it doesn't kill braincells, it's a decent painkiller, good at relieving stress, you can't OD on it, etc

    Cons? Umm, well I guess some people can get dependant on it. Oh, and make sure you stack your fridge full of low-fat food before doing it. :B

  • In my personal experience..

    Advantages: help with stress and dealing with all the hell I went through

    Disadvantages: gateway drug, I ended up with a ftw attitude and went off track.

    I don't smoke anymore but I'm not at all against smoking (at least until my daughter gets to be a teen)

  • Advantages: fun as hell, makes everything better (food, music, sex), relaxes you, breaks down your social inhibitions (if you have social anxiety it's easier for you to interact with people), good way to bond with people, helps you wind down after a long day, gets the creative juices flowing.

    Disadvantages: gets to be expensive, illegal, can be too relaxing to the point where you just wanna lay on the couch all night and stare at your hands.

  • I only tried in once. I think it smells bad.

    Advantages: Makes you relax

    Disadvantages: You can't drive until you level down

  • advantages, it's fun, I hallucinate a lot which is interesting...it makes music awesome and helps to connect with people and think of everything in a different light, you appreciate things more like food!

    disadvantages: you get too stoned to do anything sometimes, some people depend on it a lot and don't like to go outside anymore (my best friend) it's expensive...thats it.

  • Its really good for stress relief.

  • Advantages: You get high, it feels great

    Disadvantages: You may get paranoid

  • If your a lazy person anyways it will make you lazy. Every time I smoke I want to do more things then usual. I want to draw, hangout with my friends, do nature walks, and be in public. For me being high gives me a new perspective on the world. Seems like I do more class work as well. But I guess everyone is different. There really are no disadvantages for me. Except that it's illegal. And yeah it makes sex better ha. Wayyyy better. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Sometimes you do forget things but that's only if you smoke like everyday. I only smoke every once in awhile.

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