Thursday, January 04, 2007

Marijuana Dangers: Basic Facts

Marijuana is by far the world's most commonly used illicit drug and far more dangerous then many users realize.

The source of marijuana is the hemp plant (cannabis sativa) which has been cultivated for psychoactive properties for thousands of years. Cannabis, also known commonly as grass, weed or pot, has at least 400 different chemicals but the main mind-altering ingredient is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

Experts affirm that marijuana use reduces learning ability and limits the brains capacity to absorb and retain information. Chronic abusers are also susceptible to:
  • Chest Colds
  • Bronchitis
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Paranoia
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Damaged Lungs and Airways
  • Increased Risk of Cancer
  • Immune System Damage
  • Psychological Dependence
  • Impaired Judgment
  • Loss of Concentration and Coordination
  • Increased Risk of Accidents
Read Office of National Drug Control Policy Facts

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