Marijuana Essay

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Rosie Caporaso
3/9/12
Period 1 Bio

Marijuana Considered
First off, what is marijuana? Marijuana, also known as weed, pot, and grass is a type of THC drug that comes from a plant called Cannabis Sativa. It is a green, brown, or gray combination of dried, shredded leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, that’s in this plant. Marijuana is usually smoked in a blunt, bong, water pipe, joint, or a piece. Weed can be mixed in many things such as food, tea, or mixed with another drug. THC is an active substance that relaxes your body and heightens your senses.

As soon as the THC enters the blood stream, it can last from 1-3 hours and increases heart rate, relaxes and enlarges the bronchial passages in your airway, and it makes your eyes appear bloodshot because it dilates the blood vessels in the eyes. Smoking marijuana has many affects. It can have hallucinations, have an increase in appetite, dry mouth, amnesia, makes you have weird sensations, rise in awareness of patterns and colors, rise in mental activity, makes you laugh at pointless things for periods of time, makes you relaxed, irregular heartbeat, passing of time seems slow, depression, and can make you sleepy. Weed can affect receptors that are found in the brain, most of all the areas that affect body control, movement, memory, and vomiting.. These are why marijuana affects your stability and can be useful in treating nausea, pain, and the loss of appetite. These main receptors are found in the immune system tissue, although the function of the receptors is still not understood.

What risks are associated when smoking marijuana? Smoking weed can can cause you to cough, increases your risk to lung infections, makes your airway obstruct, and increased risk of developing lung caner. Even low amounts of marijuana can impair concentration, and coordination. Long-term heavy marijuana use can damage your short term memory long after the drug has been out of the system. Marijuana reduces learning ability and has...
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