Scientific name Cannabis Sativa (the hempplant). Average age people start smoking marijuana isunder 14 years. THC is the primary mind-altering agent inmarijuana. In small doses, marijuana acts as a sedative. Inlarger amounts, it can cause hallucinations.
THC-tetrahydrocannabinol Mood and mind altering. Reaches the brain rapidly within as little as 14seconds after inhalation. Binds to proteins in the blood. Stays stored in body fat tissues 5 Days aftersmoking. 20 percent of the THC remains stored in fat.
Alters mood, coordination, memory, selfperception. Slowing time, heightened sensitivity, extremehunger, dry mouth. Hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, and paranoia. Alters several neurotransmitter systems in thebrain.
70 percent more cancer causing chemicalbenzopyrene than in tobacco smoke. In laboratory tests, tars from marijuana smokeproduce tumors when applied to animal skin. Studies suggest that prolonged marijuana usecauses cancer. Reduces lung functions. Greater chance of contracting respiratoryillnesses.
Increases heart rate and decreases bloodpressure. Abnormally low blood pressure. Decreases oxygen flow to the body. Individuals with angina and other cardiovascularproblems increase the danger of heart attackswhen they smoke marijuana.
Marijuana is an Illegal drug.◦ Marijuana will cause you to lose your job!!!◦ You can go to jail!!! Dangerous & Risky◦ “gateway drug” Individuals who use are more likely to progress to otherdrugs.