Marijuana effects of marijuana an dwhat they could do

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Marijuana, other wise known as "pot", "grass", "weed", "reefer", "hash", "tree's", "ace", "cannabis", "joint" "J", "boo" and "Colombian". There are even more names for this distinct drug that people use for it also. These terms all coincide wit the major issue, marijuana. Most people think that smoking marijuana is not as bad for you as smoking a cigarette. This is not exactly true. Marijuana has many long term and short term effects.

Marijuana has many effects on the brain. In marijuana the substance that gets you "high" is THC or Tetrahydocannibol or as said before THC. This substance suppresses the neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus or the part of the brain that is crucial for learning, memory, senses, and emotions (Hyde 1986). Chronic abuse of marijuana and THC is also associated with impaired attention and memory in school. THC damages and destroys nerve cells and causes other changes in the hippocampus.

Marijuana in the brain causes users have due to mood swings and lack of interest (Hurwitz/Shnideman 1992). Users tend to drop out of sports, school, and other activities. THC in the drug messes up the mind train of thought in time and distance, which then becomes distorted (Friedland 1988). Users also may have acute panic, paranoia, and unpleasant perceptual distortions (escape from anxiety or stress). Chronic long term use of marijuana of the most serious is probably acute brain syndrome. This is a condition marked by mind distortions, sleep and memory problems, regard to time and place and the ability to concentrate or sustain attention on something. This then leads to or requires hospital treatment (Brecher 1972).

Marijuana has effects on the respiratory system as well. Users who smoke marijuana regularly usually end up wit the same respiratory system problems as tobacco smokers have...