Just as there is a distinction between marijuana use and addiction, there are also differences between the signs and symptoms associated with immediate use and long-term use. The signs of long-term use are discussed above under the “Signs of Marijuana Addiction” heading. Physical and behavioral signs of immediate marijuana use often include:
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Poor coordination or dizziness
- Slow reaction time, lethargic behavior, acting “dazed and confused”
- Dry mouth
- Constant coughing
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty with short-term memory, solving problems, “thinking straight”
- Extreme hunger, the “munchies”
- Uncontrollable laughter or laughing for no apparent reason
- Anxiety and/or paranoia
In addition to these physical and behavioral signs, keep an eye out for the following:
- Constant use of eye drops to cover up bloodshot eyes
- Increased use of gum, mints, and/or mouthwash
- Presence of paraphernalia, such as rolling papers, bongs, pipes, baggies, etc.
- Skunky smell in the house, on clothes, or on the individual
- Increased use of cologne, perfume, incense, air freshener, etc.
There are, of course, lots of possible, non-drug related reasons for the existence of any particular one of these signs. But if you observe more than one or two, and you have reason to believe that marijuana use may be their cause, the chances are you’re right.