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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Marijuana & Health Side Effects Studies have shown:-Marijuana has potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person's existing problems worse.-Heavy Marijuana abusers reported that the drug impaired important measures of life achievement including: -physical & mental health -cognitive abilities -social life and -career status. The Daily Life The Brain -Marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking & problem solving, and problems with learning & memory (lasting for days or weeks).-Long- term effects of Marijuana abuse indicate changes in the brain similar to those seen after long-term abuse of other MAJOR drugs.-THC in Marijuana passes from the lungs -> bloodstream -> brain & other organs-THC acts upon sites in the brain called cannabinoid receptors, found in parts of the brain that influence the following: -pleasure -memory -thoughts -concentration -sensory -time perception and -coordinated movement. The Lungs -Marijuana smoke contains carcinogens irritant to the lungs (50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke).-Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer.-Marijuana smokers can have the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers, such as: -daily cough -phlegm production -more frequent acute chest illness -heightened lung infection risk and -greater tendency toward obstructed airways. The Heart -An Marijuana abuser's risk of heartattack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking.-Such an outcome occurs from Marijuana's effect on blood pressure and heart rate. -Marijuana increases blood pressure and heart rate, and reduces the oxygen- carrying capacity of blood. source: Gabrielle Styles
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