Marijuana

By: McKenna Hawblitzel

Make up of the Drug

Marijuana is shredded, green-brown mix of dried flowers, stems, and leaves from the plant cannabis sativa. There is a stronger form of marijuana and it is called hashish or hash. It looks like brown or black cakes or balls.

  • Smoked like a cigarette

Short term Effects

  • Difficulty with thinking and problem solving
  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Loss of coordination
  • Distorted perception
  • Increase in apetite
  • Lightheaded or drowsiness

Long Term Effects

Changes in the Brain

  • Remembering things
  • Multitasking
  • Paying attention
Respiratory Problems

  • More mucus
  • Chronic cough
  • Bronchitis
Immune System Problems

  • Harder to fight infections
Fertility Problems

  • Decrease sperm count in men
  • Women could have babies with developmental and behavioral issues

Mental Effects

  • Decrease motivation
  • Decrease ability to take in, process, and use new information
  • Decrease memory recall
  • Increase apetite
  • Decrease self esteem
  • Decrease attention span

Emotional Effects

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Uncontrollable anger and aggression

Social Effects

  • Risk of pregnancy
  • Drop out of school
  • Delinquency
  • Legal problems
  • Achieving less educationally
  • Not satisfied with their life

Physical Effects

  • Occurrence of cancers
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Learning
  • Judgment
  • Muscle skills
Before birth


  • Fetal growth
  • Body weight
  • Focusing ability
  • Learning/memory
  • Decision making

If You Get Caught

  • Criminal charges
  • Career problems
  • Drug testing

Ways to End

  • Counseling/talking to a counselor
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Marijuana withdrawal

Citations

"TeensHealth".Marijuana., Apr.2014.Web.20 Apr.2016.

"The FACTS on the EFFECTS of Marijuana". The FACTS on the EFFECTSof Marijuana.Web.20 Apr.2016.

"Marijuana symptoms, causes, treatment-What Are the Psychological and Social Effects of Abusing Marijuana? -MedicineNet".MedicineNet.Web.20 Apr.2016.