Marijuana and Drug Use Essay

693 WordsNov 25, 20123 Pages
Many times we stereotype those who use drugs or even enforce a stereotype on those who do not use marijuana or drugs. Whoever said it was bad for someone to use drugs or smoke marijuana? Did it come from a religious leader? A mother or father? Maybe it was made clear by a doctor not to use a particular drug because of the damage it can do to your body. Or they could possibly see nothing wrong with drugs and marijuana not to mention, most drugs can be bought regularly at markets or drug stores, and be prescribed from a doctor. Marijuana is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves that come from the hemp plant cannabis. It is usually smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe. It is also smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and filled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. It can be mixed with nicotine and other harmful chemicals; the smell is very distinctive and has a sweet and sour odor (American cancer Society). Long term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction; that is, the compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects it is having in the context of family, school, work and recreational activities (NIDA). Scientist who have studied the effects of THC (marijuana) will be quick to tell you the THC acts in the brain to produce many effects. In the human brain we have things called receptors. When you smoke it enters into the lungs and your blood stream (NIDA). Then when the smoke enters into this thing we call receptors, it enable us to experience the “high" from the drug (NIDA). But what people don't realize is that these receptors also influence memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory, and time perception. Marijuana also causes impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving (NIDA). A buddy of mine, who I used to play baseball with, was a tremendous

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