May 14, 2012
Effects of Marijuana on the Brain
Outline I. Thesis – How does the usage of marijuana affect the brain and what causes the intoxication from the drug? What are the long-term and short-term effects from marijuana? II. Body A. Emotions a. Amygdala i. Anxiety and panic ii. Blocking of traumatic experiences iii. Reduces hostility b. Acute psychosis iv. Hallucinations v. Delusions vi. Loss of personal identity c. Psychoactivity vii. Mood changes viii. Impairing of thinking ix. Altering of brain chemistry d. Psychological dependency x. Depression xi. Nervousness xii. Irritability
B. Memory e. Hippocampus xiii. THC xiv. Ability to learn f. Cerebral cortex xv. Affects perceptual distortions xvi. Occasional delusions xvii. Recalling of recent events g. Short term effects xviii. Memory loss xix. Hard to retain information h. Long term effects xx. Memory loss xxi. Learning ability
C. Coordination i. Cannabinoid receptors xxii. Neurons in the brain xxiii. Balance xxiv. Movement j. Cerebellum xxv. Governs coordination xxvi. Muscle control xxvii. Impairing of coordination k. Nervous system xxviii. Branches xxix. Cause of relaxation l. Basal fangalia xxx. Muscle movement III. Conclusion IV. Works Cited
Marijuana, a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa, is the most common and used illicit drug in the United States. (Research Reports: Marijuana Abuse) Marijuana was banned by U.S. federal government in 1937, but it is estimated that 14.8 million Americans use
Cited: Joy, Janet E. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base . 1999: n.p., n.d. Print.