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Marijuana affects your brain. THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed.
Marijuana affects your self-control. Marijuana can seriously affect your sense of time and your coordination, impacting things like driving. In 2005, nearly 242,200 people were admitted to emergency rooms suffering from marijuana-related problems.
Marijuana affects your lungs. Marijuana smoke deposits four times more tar in the lungs and contains 50 percent to 70 percent more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke does.
Marijuana affects other aspects of your health. Marijuana can limit your body’s ability to fight off infection. Heavy marijuana use also has been linked with depression, anxiety, and personality disturbances.
Marijuana is not always what it seems. Marijuana can be laced with substances such as PCP, formaldehyde, or codeine cough syrup without your knowledge. “Blunts”—hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana—sometimes have cocaine added.
Marijuana can be addictive. Not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, but some users do develop signs of dependence. In 2006, nearly 290,000 people entered drug treatment programs to kick their marijuana habit.
As a fat soluble drug, marijuana stays in the body longer than most other mood-altering chemicals; depending on the testing methodology, it can be detected 30 days or longer after last use.
Know the Risks:
Know the law. It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana. In most tates, holding even small amounts of marijuana can lead to fines or arrest. Driving under the influence of marijuana can lead to a DUI arrest.
Get the facts. Smoking marijuana can cause health problems, such as chronic coughing, chest colds, lung infections, breathing problems, and cancer. Marijuana affects your coordination and reaction time, raising your risk of injury or death from car crashes and other accidents.
Stay informed. While most people who use marijuana do not go on to use other drugs, virtually everyone who uses heroin or cocaine has used marijuana. One study found that people who had used marijuana before age 17 were more likely to use other drugs and develop addiction problems later on.
Signs of Use:
How can you tell if someone is using marijuana? Sometimes it’s tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If someone you know shows one or more of the following signs, he or she may be using marijuana:
Q. Isn’t smoking marijuana less dangerous than smoking cigarettes?
A. No. Five joints a day can be as harmful as 20 cigarettes a day.
Q. Can people become addicted to marijuana?
A. Yes. Research confirms that marijuana can be psychologically and physically addictive.
Q. Can marijuana be used as a medicine?
A. While THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, can be manufactured in a pill available by prescription to treat nausea and vomiting associated with certain cancer treatments, scientists say that more research must be done on its side effects and other potential medical uses. Currently, the FDA classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug - meaning it has no medical use and a high potential for abuse.
You Can Help:
What can you do to help someone who you are concerned is using marijuana? Show you care. Encourage the person to stop or seek professional help. For information and referrals, please call PEER Services:
In Evanston: ☎ 847.492.1778
In Glenview: ☎ 847.657.7337
906 Davis St
Evanston IL 60201
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