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Does Occasionally Smoking Marijuana Affect Your Health?

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Q: I sometimes smoke pot on the weekend. Can this affect my work during the week?

A: It sure can. Although the immediate effects typically last only one to three hours, frequent users can have a hard time concentrating and processing information, even days later.

Marijuana has other risks, too: It contains more carcinogens than tobacco and can cause the same respiratory issues—possibly even cancer. Bottom line: Your weekend habit could have consequences way worse than just making you feel spaced out at work.
Roshini Rajapaksa, MD
Last Updated: October 11, 2010

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