Tips for Teens: Marijuana

Posted on October 29, 2010

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Marijuana is also known as Weed, Pot, Grass, Reefer, Ganja, Mary Jane, Blunt, Joint, Roach, or Nail has many effects on your health. Marijuana has an active ingredient called THC which according to samhsa.com “affects never cells  in the part of the brain where memories are formed”. it also affects your self-control as well as “limit your body’s ability to fight off infection. Heavy marijuana use also has been linked with depression, anxiety, and personality disturbances.” Smoking marijuana can cause health problems, such as chronic coughing, chest colds, lung infections, breathing problems, and cancer.

How can you tell if a friend is using marijuana? Sometimes it’s tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If your friend has one or more of the following warning signs, he or she may be using marijuana: seeming dizzy and having trouble walking, having red, bloodshot eyes and smelly hair and clothes, having a hard time remembering things that just happened, or acting silly for no apparent reason.

For more information go to www.samhsa.gov/SHIN. or http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//PHD641/PHD641.pdf

Real News About Drugs and Your Body: http://www.nida.nih.gov/PDF/Scholastic/HeadsUp-Student-Yr1.pdf

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