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What Is Marijuana? : Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant used as a narcotic or hallucinogen.

Short-Term Effects :   Sleepiness Difficulty keeping track of time Impaired or reduced short-term memory Reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car Increased heart rate, potential cardiac dangers for those with preexisting heart disease Bloodshot eyes Dry mouth and throat Decreased social inhibitions Paranoia, hallucinations Impaired or reduced short-term memory Impaired or reduced comprehension Altered motivation and cognition, making the acquisition of new information difficult Paranoia, psychological dependence, Impairments in learning, memory, perception, and judgment Difficul.

Treatment Options : When one stops marijuana, it is usually 'cold turkey'.  There are no severe withdrawal symptoms as with some other drugs.  It is, however, usually wise to seek professional help in staying off the drug. There are several options available for marijuana cessation treatment.  Perhaps the most common is a Twelve Step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous.   There are programs devoted to stopping narcotics or marijuana use, but if you live in a less populous area, AA may be your only option. In a twelve step program you are encouraged to get a sponsor (someone who has been through the steps) to aid you in your step work and to keep you acco.