The Physical Effects of Marijuana on the Heart and Blood Systems

If a patient demonstrates one or more of these symptoms and signs, marijuana may be exerting physical effects on her/his heart and blood systems:

The Foundation of Mind and Spirit

Chapter 18 of the Chinese medical classic Ling Shu says,”The stomach is in the middle burner. It opens into the upper burner, receives qi, excretes the dregs, evaporates the fluids and transforms them into a refined essence. This pours upwards into the lungs and is transformed into blood.” And later, “The blood is the foundation of the mind and spirit.”

Blood Deficiency

The blood system contains memory and many other mental and psychological elements. The blood supports many of the higher functions of the mind, thinking, perceptions and Shen, or spirit.

When the blood quality goes down, so does a person’s capacity to perform any of these tasks.

Effects on the Skin

Hot poison can easily show up on the skin in the form of pimples, rashes and irritations.

Effects on Menstruation and the Heart System

Altering the menstrual cycle in women and feminization in men.

Confusion of the Vessels and Bloodshot Eyes

The hot nature of marijuana can increase a person’s heart rate and confuse the functions of the small vessels and capillaries.

First-Level Alterations in Memory

Unbalanced marijuana can bewilder the Zhong Qi, or ancestral Qi. This can lead to alterations in memory and true perceptions.

Treatments and Therapies

Qi Gong

Acupuncture and Herbal Treatments

The Marijuana Syndromes

More Resources

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This is only a brief synopsis of my findings. For extensive details on my research and how to balance and optimize the effects of cannabis using Traditional Chinese Medicine, please refer to

Marijuana Syndromes
How to Balance and Optimize
the Effects of Cannabis
With Traditional Chinese Medicine