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Title: The Marijuana Effect


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  • Mt. Vernon Marijuana Store

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The Marijuana Effect
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  •  Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers,
    stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis
    sativa.Most people who use marijuana smoke it,
    but it can be mixed into food, brewed into tea,
    or even used in a vaporizer. Within a few minutes
    after inhaling marijuana smoke, a persons heart
    rate speeds up, the breathing passages relax and
    become enlarged, and blood vessels in the eyes
    expand, making the eyes look bloodshot (red). The
    heart ratenormally 70 to 80 beats per minutemay
    increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute or may even
    double in some cases. Taking other drugs with
    marijuana can amplify this effect.

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  • The main active chemical in marijuana is THC
    (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is a
    psychoactive ingredient. The highest
    concentrations of THC are found in the leaves and
    flowers. When marijuana smoke is inhaled, THC
    rapidly passes from the lungs into the
    bloodstream and is carried to the brain and other
    organs throughout the body. THC from the
    marijuana acts on specific receptors in the
    brain, called cannabinoid receptors, starting off
    a chain of cellular reactions that finally lead
    to the euphoria, or "high" that users experience.

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  • The effects of marijuana on the body are
    immediate. Longer-term effects may depend on how
    you take it, how much you take, and how often you
    use it. Since its use has long been illegal in
    the United States, large-scale studies have been
    difficult to manage.

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  • In addition to medicinal use, recent legislation
    has made marijuana a legal recreational drug in
    Colorado and Washington State. With the potential
    for increased recreational use, knowing the
    effects that marijuana can have on your body is
    as important as ever.

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