Many celebrities have stories about unfortunate side effects from smoking marijuana. Jennifer Lawrence says that at Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday bash: "I entered a different universe. Security is grabbing me because what I hadn't realized is I am grabbing this woman by the shoulders, shaking her, screaming."
And Kirsten Dunst says that while filming "Woodshock" the crew substituted real weed for stage weed: "I was a total mess."
Those are party-pot problems, but even people prescribed medical marijuana for pain management, to ease glaucoma, or to soothe nausea associated with chemotherapy are at risk for significant negative side effects.
Marijuana can have serious interactions with more than 20 different drugs, and moderate interactions with almost 300, according to RxList.com.
It can also trigger anxiety and paranoia, as reported by study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research. Scientists at the University of Washington discovered that more than half of 1,500 students surveyed had experienced anxiety and/or paranoia while using cannabis. Coughing fits, chest/lung discomfort, and body humming affected a subset of students 30% to 40% of the time.
But short-term repercussions aren't the only newly discovered side effects. Lab-based research shows that THC (marijuana's psychoactive ingredient) keeps fertilized eggs from maturing by interfering with gene expression.
And yes, smoking pot does increase the risk of serious infection with COVID-19.
If you experience pot's negative side effects or are trying to get pregnant or just stay healthy, talk to your doctor about using Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for glaucoma and chemo nausea, or alternative treatments such as meditation, massage, and acupuncture for chronic pain.