Summary: The Short Term Effects Of Marijuana

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The teenage years can be some of the most confusing times in a person’s life. During these years of life, one may begin to experiment with risky choices such as turning to drugs and alcohol for means of fun. What he does not know at that point, is this “harmless fun” can turn into a severe, life-long problem if he is not careful. Youth who are exposed to drugs and alcohol are not only susceptible to the health risks that come with using them, but are also put in a position to become addicted to the substances. According to the results of a survey from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (2014), 35% of high school seniors said to have used Marijuana in the past year leading up to the survey. The survey also showed that 37% of seniors said…show more content…
Since marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, it will be focused on, as well as alcohol. The short-term effects of marijuana include short-term memory and learning, so while under the influence, one can experience difficulty solving problems and a lack of judgment. A long-term effect of marijuana is brain development. Somebody who begins using it as a teenager may experience his learning functions deteriorate. Marijuana’s effect on this ability can last a long time, or even be permanent. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2015), a study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities did not fully return in those who quit marijuana as…show more content…
Using drugs and alcohol can lead to addiction. Addiction and use are two very different things. Using a substance can lead to addiction, and the process of getting un-addicted is a long, bumpy road. But what is addiction? When people start taking drugs, they do not plan to get addicted. They enjoy how the drug makes them feel and believe they can control how much and how often they take the substance. However, the drug will change the brain and drug users start to need the drug just to feel normal. That is addiction, and it can consume a
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