Let's play a little game of true or false — Marijuana is natural, so it's safe…..right?
You might feel the peer pressure to join the crowd and start smoking marijuana and they might even tell you it's natural…..which could be true or untrue. The truth is that smoking marijuana can have lasting negative effects on your brain.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a plant, it derives from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa and contains the active ingredient THC. This is the chemical that affects your body the most by going through your blood stream and to your brain. It could even cause you to hallucinate. Marijuana can also act as a depressant in some people.
Why it's Dangerous
At the age that most people are experimenting and using marijuana (adolescence), the brain is still developing and marijuana effects the brain in a big way. There are both short and long-term effects.
- Problems with memory and hearing
- Difficulty solving problems
- Increased heart rate
- Poor motor skills
- Gateway to other drugs
- Mental health problems
Whether the marijuana is synthetic, medical or it's natural, these effects on your body are the same. So even if all of your friends are doing it, you see it in the movies or you think that it will make you look cooler….don't do it. Keep yourself healthy and make sure that you stay drug free in order to do well in school.
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