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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:29


  • 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
  • Difficulty speaking, listening effectively, thinking, retaining knowledge, problem solving, and forming concepts
  • Intense anxiety or panic attacks
  • Long-Term Effects


Long-term effects of Marijuana use can include:

  • Enhanced cancer risk
  • Decrease in testosterone levels and lower sperm counts for men
  • Increase in testosterone levels for women and increased risk of infertility
  • Diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure
  • Psychological dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect.
  • Addiction

Marijuana abuse becomes addiction when the user has to use more and more of the drug to obtain the same high.  When it becomes difficult to maintain the high with the 'normal'  amount of usage, the user will often seek other avenues of getting high.  This is why marijuana is often called a gateway drug.

Scientists believe that marijuana can be especially harmful to the lungs because users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs as long as possible.  Therefore, the smoke is in contact with lung tissues for long periods of time, which irritates the lungs and damages the way they function.  Marijuana smoke contains some of the same ingredients in tobacco smoke that can cause emphysema and cancer.  In addition, many marijuana users also smoke cigarettes; the combined effects of smoking these two substances create an increased health risk.


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