The Implications Of Smoking Marijuana

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Introduction Marijuana is and always will be America’s hallmark drug. Its appearance into this country was in the 1920s when Mexican immigrants brought the drug from their country. Its popularity has boomed across America thus making it the most consumed drug in our country. It’s also referred to as pot, grass, reefer, weed, herb, Mary Jane, or brown sugar. It is a greenish-brown mixture of parts of the plant including; stems, seeds, and dried shredded leaves. What makes marijuana so attractive is a major active chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical in marijuana that gives users the feeling of euphoria. However, although it does cause pleasure to the user it also causes adverse reactions that can lead to long-term complications. The implications of smoking marijuana carry both psychological and social threats to the individual user. Immediate Effects Once it has been smoked, marijuana has an immediate effect on the brain that last from 1-3 hours. “As THC enters the brain, it causes a user to feel euphoric – or “high” – by acting in the brain’s reward system areas of the brain that respond to stimuli such as food and drink as well as most drugs of abuse,” (Thomson). Marijuana stimulates the brain significantly. This high leads the users to experience pleasant sensations, colors and sounds, and time may appear to pass very slowly. While these sensations are pleasant, negative consequences begin to arise after the high sensation is over
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