Oh to be young! Todays teens have a great lifeor so we think! Ever considered the dangers they are exposed to? The peer pressure they are under, may lead them on to a road to nowhere. It may be very fashionable to light up a Marijuana joint ( or " weedŁ as they call it! ) and the temporary effects Marijuana smoking produces may be total exhileration, but what does it really do to you? Can your life literally go up in smoke? Or will you be able to kick the habit?
Marijuana, Cannabis, Hashish, bhang and ganja are from the same family
- Smoking Marijuana can lead to a temporary "high": a state of euphoria, complete relaxation, intense pleasure, anxiety.
- It may induce sleep in some and out of body experiences in others.
- The down side is that Marijuana smokers are prone to forgetfulness, increased appetite, higher heart rate, dry mouth / throat and low motor co-ordination.
- Marijuana is a psychologically addictive drug.
- It has 403 chemicals and smoking one joint is equal to smoking about 20 cigarettes.
- Marijuana is inhaled deeper and stays longer in the lungs, consequently it can prove more harmful than cigarette smoke.
- Moreover a Marijuana joint does not have a filter like cigarettes do.
- Marijuana affects short term memory and can alter concentration or the ability to handle day to day tasks like driving.
- Marijuana alters perception, reaction and co-ordination.
What seems like fun today, may end up marring your complete life!
- An overdose can prove lethal and sometimes fatal.
- Cultivation, possession and use of Marijuana is illegal. If caught, you could end up behind bars.
- Long term users of Marijuana can suffer from clinical schizophrenia, memory loss and other mental illnesses.
- Unfiltered smoke held for long stretches in the lungs can damage your lungs permanently.
- Once you stop smoking Marijuana, letting go isn`t easy. There will be withdrawl symptoms ( irritability, aggression, anxiety, stomach ache). Very few are strong enough to resist, most end up succumbing to smoking it again.
- Re-hab centers are the only choice left. They are expensive, the treatment is long and they do not guarantee "permanent" cures.
At the end of the day, even if a smoker manages to kick the habit or goes through re-hab, and comes out "clean", he has still lost the most productive years of his life.
- These could be years at college that proved to be academic "downs"
- Or the early years of your career, that are crucial to establishing your presence in a career
- You end up losing friends who don`t do drugs and end up with "friends" who only ensure you sink deeper.
- Getting back into society is not easy for social acceptance is seldom extended to "druggies" in the real world.
Think before you light up! For it may be more than your "joint" that will go up in smoke