Marijuana is a Stimulant, Depressant, and a Hallucinogen

It is commonly referred to as pot, grass, hemp, herb, shake, dope, reefer, joint, bud, tree, joint, skunk, or ganja and is made from a shredded mix of flowers with a potency that has tripled in the last 20 years. Marijuana can lead to heavy dependence and addiction.

Its smoke contains a greater amount of Carcinogens and three times the amount of tar than tobacco smoke which can lead to serious health problems.

Mental Health, Brain Function, and Memory

The short-term hazards of marijuana use include anxiety, memory loss, paranoia, difficulties learning and thinking, lack of attention, judgment, increased appetite, reddening of eyes, sleepiness and poor driving skills.

The long-term hazards of marijuana addiction can cause serious respiratory problems, a higher risk of infection, poor short-term memory, the inability to shift attention normally to understand complex information, and even a decreased sperm count in men and an irregular menstruation in women.

It harms memory and mental health and severely affects overall brain function. Heart disease, bipolar disorder, depression, mood swings, and schizophrenia can result from its use as well.

14 million people smoke pot in the United States on a regular basis. Enforcing marijuana prohibitions cost taxpayers 10 billion dollars annually and it is the most commonly used illicit drug that puts a big strain on the United States healthcare system. It is illegal in most states, and over 800,000 people are arrested for possession every year.

Health Hazards

Smoking five joints a week is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day and will cause rapid heartbeat, disorientation, and a lack of physical coordination. It creates terrible health problems as a result of these side effects. These include a distorted sense of time, magical or random thinking, and memory loss. It affects parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration and coordinated movement.

Marijuana users experience lower life satisfaction and poor mental and physical health. These issues tend to affect personal relationships, academics, and career success. Pot smokers are associated with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers compensation claims, and job turnover. Because of its effects, users often experience a total lack of motivation which is detrimental to personal growth.

There are many ways that Marijuana can enter the body. It is usually smoked using a pipe a bong, by rolling a joint, and in Blunt form (cigars that are emptied out of tobacco and refilled with marijuana.) It can be eaten in food and through various baked products.

Studies show marijuana can double the risk of lung cancer and can also trigger strokes in young adults.

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