Marijuana

Get the facts…

  • THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are found
  • Affects sense of time and coordination
  • Affects self-control and impairs driving ability
  • Over 120,000 people were admitted to emergency rooms suffering from marijuana-related problems in 2002
  • Contains over 400 know chemicals
  • 1 joint contains 4 times as much cancer-causing tar as a filtered cigarette
  • Limits your bodies ability to fight off infections and long-term use can increase the risk of developing certain mental illnesses
  • Users can develop signs of dependence.  More than 220,000 people entered drug treatment for marijuana use in 1999.

Before you risk it…

  • It is ILLEGAL to buy and sell marijuana
  • Marijuana is considered a “gateway” drug, making a person more likely to use other drugs
  • Affects judgment, drains motivation, and creates anxiety
  • Can be laced with other dangerous drugs without your knowledge

Signs of marijuana use…

  • Dizzy or having trouble walking
  • Red bloodshot eyes and smelly hair and clothes
  • Having a difficult time remembering things that just happened
  • Acting silly for no apparent reason