Marijuana is classified as a hallucinogen. It affects your mind by distorting reality and it affects your body by increasing your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure and it limits your control of movement.
Marijuana gives a false feeling of contentment. Often those under the influence experience the following:
How can it hurt you?
- loss of inhibition
- excessive laughter
- continuous talking
- increased sensitivity to audio and visual effects
- increased sensitivity of touch, smell, taste and movement
- recent memory loss
- reduced attention span
- lack of balance and stability
- loss of muscle strength
- shaking, anxiety, and paranoia may occur with high dosages.
Marijuana can cause changes in body temperature, hallucinations, slowed reaction time, delusions, panic, toxic psychosis, activation of latent schizophrenia which may continue indefinitely. It can have heart related effects, asthma, bronchitis, damage to respiratory system and tissue. It causes reddening of eyes, change in sex drive, infertility.
When combined with alcohol, it can cause death due to driving under the influence. Dependence can develop as a psychological craving. Unborn children of mothers who use cannabis may develop congenital defects or experience delayed development after birth. When do you need help?
- Do you think about how and when you're going to smoke again?
- Do you worry if no marijuana is available?
- Is your job or school performance affected?
- Do you spend more and more money on pot?
- Have you been stopped for driving under the influence?
A yes to any of the above questions will tell you that it is time to get help. You may contact Campus Counseling Services for an appointment. Check for our additional resources on marijuana