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Title: MARIJUANA


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MARIJUANA
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most commonly used illicit drug
  • 6.8 of high school students reported using
    marijuana in the past month

Nearly 69 million Americans over the age of 12
have tried marijuana at least once in their
lifetime
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Percent of Students Reporting Marijuana Use,
20052006
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  • A green, brown, or gray mixture of dried,
    shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the
    hemp plant
  • A mind-altering (psychoactive) drug
  • 1 joint 20 cigarettes worth of chemicals.

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  • There are over 2,000 chemical compounds in
    marijuana once it is lit.
  • THC is the main active chemical and is stored in
    fat cells for long periods of time (stored up to
    30 days)
  • THC can also be stored in brain, lungs, ovaries,
    and testes.
  • THC content is rising
  • 1960s THC level 1-2
  • Today THC level 21
  • It is stronger and more damaging!!!

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Problems caused by Marijuana
  • Decreases blood sugar
  • Anxiety/Panic reactions
  • Lung Problems
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Red Eyes
  • Weakens immune system
  • Impairs Motor Control
  • Slows reaction time
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Visual Impairment
  • Warps time sense
  • Increases Heart Rate

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Long Term Effects
  • Many of the same respiratory problems that
    tobacco smokers have
  • Cancer of the respiratory tract and lungs may
    also be promoted by marijuana smoke.
  • 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic
    hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke

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Quick Facts
  • Reaction time for motor skills, such as driving
    is reduced by 41 after smoking 1 joint and is
    reduced 63 after smoking 2 joints
  • average age of first trying marijuana is 14 years
    old!!!
  • The daily use of 1 to 3 marijuana joints can
    produce the same lung damage and potential cancer
    risk as smoking five times as many cigarettes

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Marijuana and Addiction
  • Raises levels of dopamine-produces a pleasurable
    feeling. Can be intense.
  • Can wear off dramatically-Crash
  • Users get addicted to the dopamine release
    (intense pleasurable feeling)

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Physical Consequences
  • Teens especially-reproductive organs
  • Males-sperm production and testosterone levels
    lower
  • Females- raises testosterone levels

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Gateway Drug???
  • Marijuana, Tobacco and Alcohol are all considered
    Gateway drugs.
  • It is an indicator that if any of the three have
    been used it is a good possibility that the user
    will move on to use more dangerous and addictive
    drugs.
  • This does NOT mean that every person will do this.

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