Some Disadvantages of Marijuana Essay

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As a college student, drugs and alcohol are constantly creating temptations for individuals. In the United States, the problem with marijuana use is increasing. It is “the most used illegal drug in the world, with almost 160 million people, aged fifteen to sixty four, reporting having used marijuana in the last year” (Smith 429). Friends of users and users are constantly surrounded by the drug, but have no idea of the effects. As the years pass, marijuana is being viewed as a “normal” drug and although some disagree, they find no reason to discourage users. Marijuana has serious side effects and with a little knowledge could change the choices of individuals. In order to protect friend, family, and the community, it is necessary to …show more content…
Today, medical marijuana use is legalized in numerous states and being considered in many others. Whether marijuana is used several times or constantly, it affects the brain and body in negative ways. One of the reasons most people use marijuana is for the “good” feelings it brings. Majority of the people using it never hear about the unpleasant highs. Negative highs can be caused by using marijuana with other depressants, excess amount of marijuana use, as well as the amount of THC in the marijuana (Henningfield 42). Many times marijuana users expect to relieve stress or “fit in”, but instead they can cause more stress and potential harm to their body. Since each person’s body that uses marijuana is different, it is impossible to depict who will have positive or negative reactions (Henningfield 42). For the people that do feel positive highs, most of the time after the “euphoria passes” they then are encompassed by a feeling of depression and anxiety ( Yacoubian 19). Marijuana continues to affect the way an individual feels emotionally and physically. It decreases the way a person thinks while under the influence of marijuana and after the high has worn off. These feelings positive and negative are caused by the way that “THC binds to CB1 receptors” (Smith 429). Not only does marijuana contain a component, THC, which blocks the feelings of the body, but marijuana also lowers ones immune system (Henningfield 42). As stated by Henningfield, who
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