Signs of weed smoking

Updated May 10, 2017

Smoking weed usually occurs through the use of a joint, a pipe, a blunt or a bong. A person can become psychologically addicted to marijuana, and may end up smoking the substance daily. Smoking marijuana can negatively impact a person’s school performance, relationships, career and physical and mental health.


Smoking weed can cause a person to have bloodshot eyes. Also, a person’s eyes may become dryer and appear to be closed slightly or lazy.

Memory problems

Marijuana use can induce memory problems. A person who is smoking weed will have a hard time remembering the details of things that occurred while he was high. smoking marijuana will make it hard for a person learn new information or retain information about what he experienced during recent events.


A sign that someone has been smoking weed will be the reduction in her coordination. Smoking marijuana causes a person to have slower reaction times and a reduction in motor coordination. The results of this can be seen in the increased injuries a person may experience as a result of coordination problems.


A person who smokes weed will generally carry with them the smell of the drug. Marijuana smoke has a distinct smell that a person can become familiar with once she has been exposed to the smell.

Academic performance

Marijuana use can affect a person’s motivation to achieve in school. A student who was extremely successful in academic situations may show a decrease in her exam results, school behaviour and attendance. The desire to smoke weed might induce a person to bunk off school in order to get high.

Also, a student’s engagement in extracurricular activities might decrease. A student who is smoking weed may no longer have the energy levels or motivation to achieve in sports or clubs.


The high produced by smoking marijuana can cause a person to experience impairments in judgement. These people will be more likely to engage in high risk behaviors such as unprotected sex, having sex with multiple partners, driving while drunk or high and placing themselves in dangerous situations. The results of this impaired judgement can be unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, car accidents, getting into fights or even death.

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Alia Butler holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, concentrating in mental health, and a Master of Arts in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Currently, Butler is a freelance writer, penning articles focusing on mental health, healthy living and issues surrounding work-life balance. She is the principle/owner of ALIA Living, LLC, providing residential interior design services, professional organizing and life coaching.