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Marijuana power point presentation dion

  1. 1. Marijuana Danielle Dion
  2. 2. What is Marijuana?  Marijuana is dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the plant Cannabis sativa  Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component that is illegal.  Although it is considered an illegal substance by the federal government, some states recently have recently legalized it for medical treatment. Source 1
  3. 3. Quote:  Marijuana is a drug that has existed in society for hundreds of years.  “Some - of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.” Thomas Jefferson
  4. 4. Common Street Names           Blunt Dope Ganja Grass Herb Joint Bud Mary Jane Pot Reefer          Green Trees Smoke Skunk Weed Hash Tea Chronic Loud Source 3
  5. 5. How is it used?  Smoked (cigarettes, joints, pipes, bongs)  Eaten (mixed in foods)  Drank (brewed as tea) Source 1
  6. 6. Common Myths… NOT Facts  Marijuana is harmless  Marijuana is not addictive  Marijuana is not as harmful to your health as tobacco  Marijuana makes you mellow  Marijuana is used to treat cancer and other disease  Marijuana is not as popular as ecstasy and other drugs among teens today Source 2
  7. 7. Discussion Point #1  Do any of these myths presented above surprise you? And did you previously think any of these myths were actually facts? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________
  8. 8. Effects of Marijuana     Targets brain (cannabinoid receptors) Disrupts normal brain development and function Altered perceptions and mood, impaired coordination, difficulty thinking and problem solving, disrupted learning and memory Can have permanent detrimental effects on thinking/memory in a young developing brain Source 1
  9. 9. Short Term Effects       Feeling a “high” or pleasant sensation Loss of coordination Memory, judgment, and pereception impairment Inadequate memory Increases heart rate within a few minutes after intake of marijuana Bronchial passage relaxation and enlargement, blood vessels in eyes expand, eyes appear red Source 5
  10. 10. Health Effects       Smoke irritates lungs Increases heart rate by 20-100 percent after smoking Increases risk of heart attack Temporary psychotic reactions (hallucinations and paranoia) Impairs judgment and motor coordination Respiratory problems   Ex: daily cough, phlegm production, acute chest illness, increased lung infections Possibly increases risk for lung cancer Source 1
  11. 11. Risks in the Youth:      Impairs coordination and judgment. More than double’s a driver’s risk of being in an accident Decreases a teens cognitive abilities for as long as several weeks after usage If used during youth, it often results in chronic weakened verbal communication and learning difficulties with shortened attention span Associations with use in the youth and development of mental illness and psychosis later in life Early use has also been linked to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts amongst teens Source 4
  12. 12. Discussion Point #2  With all these health risks and negative side effects of marijuana, why do you think it is such a common drug used amongst teens? Do you believe the youth is educated enough about the effects of marijuana on the body? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________
  13. 13. Medicinal Marijuana  Used in treating pain, nausea, cancers, epilepsy, cannabidiol, and in other medical conditions  While its therapeutic effects are not known to out weigh the risks, marijuana is FDA approved for treating conditions Source 1 and 4
  14. 14. Medicinal Marijuana       Started to be legalized in California and has continued to be legalized in 20 other US states as well. California = “Cannabis Capital” Obtained by going to a pain clinic Over 1,000 medical marijuana dispenser companies in just Los Angeles, CA alone 1 g costs between 25-75 dollars. This dose lasts usually one day Flavors: butter, brownies, banana, blueberry Source 4
  15. 15. You Tube Clip  87OrTtY Source 4
  16. 16. Discussion Point #3  What is your opinion on the legalization of medicinal marijuana? Do you believe the benefits of treating diseases and pain out weight the negative side effects or no? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________
  17. 17. Marijuana and Addiction  Marijuana IS addictive!  About 9 percent of users become addicted  Withdrawal symptoms: irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, drug craving etc.  No medications are available for management of withdrawal symptoms Source 1
  18. 18. Effects of Marijuana on Daily Life  Heavy users usually report lower satisfaction, poor mental status, poor physical health, relationship problems, and less academic success  Has been shown to be associated with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims, and job turnovers. Source 1
  19. 19. Gateway Drug ??  Studies show the risk of using cocaine is much greater for those who have used previously tried marijuana  Using marijuana puts individuals in contact/more exposed to users of others drugs Source 5
  20. 20. Discussion Point #4  Have you seen in high schools or in your life individuals who have started using marijuana and it has become a gateway drug for them? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________
  21. 21. Quitting using Marijuana     Researchers currently do not have a drug to help treat marijuana addiction Behavioral therapy programs for drug abusers National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) Treatment Referral Helpline (1-800-662-HELP)  Refers substance abusers to treatment facilities, support groups, and other local organizations for help and treatment methods Source 5
  22. 22. Marijuana Statistics  According to NIDA’s 2012 Monitoring the Future Study:  The following are percentages of individuals who had used marijuana in the current month of the survey  6.5% of 8th graders  17 % of 10th graders,  22.9% of 12 graders Source 5
  23. 23. Discussion Point #5  What do you think about the statistics listed on the previous slide about the percentage of individuals using marijuana per grade? Are you surprise by the statistics? Do you find this to be an accurate representation of what you see? _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________
  24. 24. Resources:      Source 1: National Institute on Drug Abuse: The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction. Drug Facts: Marijuana. (2014). Retrieved on February 8, 2014 from Source 2: Office of National Drug Control Policy: Myths & Facts. The Truth Behind 10 Popular Misperceptions. (2013) Retrieved on February 8, 2014 from acts.pdf Source 3: Above the Influence: Marijuana. Retrieved on February 8, 2014 from Source 4: Medical Marijuana: How it Works in California. (2010). You Tube Videos. Retrieved on February 8, 2014 from Source 5: NIDA for Teens: Drug Facts Marijuana. (2014). Retrieved on February 8, 2014 from
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