Marijuana: Not As Harmless As You Think


Marijuana, also known as “pot”, “weed”, and “hashish”, among a variety of other names, is one of the most commonly used drugs by teens. In fact, 60% of teens who do drugs use marijuana exclusively. It’s usually perceived as harmless, though it is still illegal. The fact that marijuana is used for medicinal purposes by some people makes it appear inoffensive, too. But the fact is, ¬†marijuana can be just as dangerous as any other drug.

What It Does

The reason so many teens enjoy marijuana as a social drug is that it tends to help get rid of inhibitions, much like alcohol, but without the hangover afterwards. It can be either smoked as a joint or eaten in just about any food, particularly cookies and brownies.

Whether smoked or ingested, marijuana gives the user a high that lasts for anywhere from an hour to a few hours, depending on how strong the weed is and how much was taken in. During this time, the person using the drug usually feels very mellow and may lose track of time. While they feel that they are moving at a normal speed, most people who are high on pot tend to move slower and have much slower reaction times.

Not all highs are good. Marijuana also has a bad reputation for causing people to become paranoid. In some cases, it may even cause what is called, “acute panic anxiety reaction” or a major panic attack that can last for several hours.

The Bad Side

Unfortunately, despite popular belief, marijuana is not as safe as it seems. In fact, it is downright dangerous, particularly with extended use. Most teens who try pot once continue to use it on a fairly regular basis, with roughly a third of users smoking or ingesting marijuana at least 20 days a month.

The toxins contained in marijuana are actually worse than many of the ones in tobacco when smoked and can do just as much damage. While marijuana is often used as a treatment for cancer, it can actually cause it. Apart from that, this drug has many other nasty effects that few people talk about.

Short term use can cause some relatively minor issues, like forgetfulness, a loss of motor skills, and difficulties solving problems. Many teens who use marijuana end up doing very poorly in school because of these effects.

When marijuana is used for a longer period of time, though, it can cause other problems. First of all, it acts as a gateway drug. Someone who has smoked pot on a regular basis without any ill effect might figure that one hit of cocaine won’t hurt anything. This leads to bigger and stronger drug addictions.

Long term use of this drug can also boost your probability of having a heart attack or stroke, or developing bronchitis or emphysema, among other health issues.

There is also a condition called marijuana burn-out. This affects people who have smoked marijuana entirely too often and are “burned-out”. They are literally unable to function properly anymore. These burn-outs move slower than others, talk slower or not at all, and may space out from time to time. They also have trouble concentrating on anything and usually end up dropping out of school and have difficulties holding down a job. A recent study supports this, suggesting that smoking marijuana as a teen may have long lasting effects on the brain.

Marijuana is not as harmless as it seems. While the jury is still out on whether this is a truly physically addicting drug or just a psychological one, the fact remains that marijuana can do some serious damage to your brain cells and your health.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

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3 Comments to “Marijuana: Not As Harmless As You Think”

  1. Marijuana lawyers fights legally for the protection of weed growers.

  2. It is not an addictive drug it is stimulant like tobacco just has the opposite effect on the user instead of increased heart rate it lowers along with blood pressure.

  3. I would disagree on the addictive part. Smoking for and extended time and then stopping you will experience withdraws. Not as bad as most other drugs but withdraws all the same. Anxiety is one of the major symptoms, sleeplessness, not eating, and moodiness.