Marijuana - Things You Should Know
An Article By Terence T. Gorski
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Published On: December 18,
2001 Updated On: December 18, 2001
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Marijuana - Things You Should Know
Here's some information for those who mistaken believe
that it's safe to use marijuana: If your making a decision about
whether or not to use marijuana, consider the following:
There are serious threats posed by regular (more than
twice per month) and heavy use (more than two joints per episode of use) of
marijuana. Here are some of them.
1. Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug that
changes mood, emotion and impairs the ability to think clearly, logically,
2. The mood altering effects occur
because THC, the main psychoactive chemical component of marijuana, alters
3. Marijuana is addictive.
Research is showing that THC is addictive in lab animals. There have been
numerous documented reports of regular and heavy marijuana users
experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using.
4. Getting high on marijuana makes
it more difficult to developing complicated thought processes, manage
strong feelings and emotions, develop social skills, and cope with
emerging sexual feelings.
5. The regular and heavy use of marijuana can cause
problems in learning, that include ...
trouble with thinking and problem solving,
difficulty remembering things,
difficulties managing feelings and emotions (the
tendency to emotionally overreact or to become emotionally numb).
difficulty paying attention and concentrating,
loosing the desire to study or learn new
6. Marijuana use can hurt athletic
performance because many regular and heavy users experience ...
slowed reaction time,
problems with hand to eye coordination,
problems with balance and
difficulty learning the physical skills associated
with most sports.
7. The regular and heavy use of
marijuana interferes with brain development in young kids and
8. The most common things
experienced by heavy and regular marijuana users are:
feeling apathetic, bored, and spaced out;
fascination with things other people consider to be
dumb, silly, or stupid;
a strong desire to stop trying things, withdraw, and
9. Marijuana users tend to avoid
and criticize anyone who doesn't like to smoke marijuana. They only
listen to and believe other people who smoke marijuana, drink, and use
10. Nobody starts smoking marijuana to become a drug
addict. They start out of curiosity and because they believe that
11. Although some people can use marijuana occasionally
without becoming addicted or having serious problems, the regular and
heavy use of marijuana almost always causes problems.
12. People who have problems because of
marijuana use almost always like getting high so much that they slowly
start using more often and more heavily. They like to be around
other people who drink and smoke marijuana so they develop friends who
like to high. It gets harder and harder stop getting
13. Once problems start to develop
its difficult for most people to stop because:
they have gotten in the habit of dealing with
problems and bad feelings by getting high;
they have forgotten or never learned other ways of
coping and problem solving;
they can't see that marijuana is causing problems
because they have learned how to deny, rationalize, and blame their
problems on other people and things.
14. Marijuana produces carcinogens
and other contaminates that are more harmful than those found in
cigarettes. As a result, the regular and heavy use of marijuana can
cause coughing and wheezing, persistent chest colds, and can make cause
asthma and make existing cases of asthma worse.
14. Marijuana is illegal. If you're caught
in possession of it or using you you could get a lot of legal hassles
including getting sent to court and jail.
15. Because marijuana is illegal, you
will probably get involved with some very nasty psychopathic type people
who buy and sell it for a living. Although about 70% of all
marijuana sales are made from one friend to another, at some point heavy
marijuana users end up dealing with criminals who end up stealing from or
hurting them or family members.
16. It's much easier to stop using
marijuana before you get into the habit of regular and heavy
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