Smoking Weed: Just The Facts About Marijuana

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That's a whole lot of farming for something illegal! | Source: futurepocket.com

Pot. Grass. Weed. Mary Jane. Ganja.

You’ve probably heard a ton about marijuana, not only recently, but in general. Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and a slew more celebs (oh, hey Snoop Dogg) are pretty open with their appreciation of the drug. These famous faces, plus movies like Pineapple Express, can make it seem like everyone is smoking it. Truth is, a lot of people use marijuana–though more people don’t use marijuana.

We’re not here to scare you here or run your life, but you deserve to make informed decisions about what and whether you inhale. Know the risks before you do anything!

*Smoking pot without a medical prescription is illegal in the U.S.–you and your friends could get in mega trouble if you get caught.

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Rihanna got caught smoking marijuana in Hawaii. | Source: fashionindie.com

*You already know cigarettes are terrible for you. Turns out, smoking weed is too — maybe even worse. It can contain 50% to 70% more carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) than tobacco smoke does.

*Smoking marijuana can pose a lot of the same health risks as cigarette smokers, including coughing, wheezing, and sometimes more chest colds.

*Heavy use of marijuana can mess with your menstrual cycle and make your period irregular. Yikes!

*Medical marijuana has proven beneficial for some ailments, but it can have lots of negative side effects on the developing brain–and if you’re reading this, chances are your brain is still developing! It doesn’t finish completely til you’re 25. Using marijuana at a young age can lead you to develop weakened verbal and communication skills, a shorter attention span, and lower learning capabilities.

*Marijuana use can negatively impact your short-term memory (making you forget your homework or accidentally flake on your pals).

Miley Cyrus dispensary

Miley Cyrus came under fire for calling herself a stoner. She said she was joking, then was captured here on film! Maybe it DOES make you forgetful. | Source: igossip.com

*Marijuana can make driving more dangerous. It can affect your alertness, reaction time, and concentration, all of which you need in tip top shape to be behind the wheel. Smoking weed can also make your perception of space and distances skewed, which is really dangerous on the road.

*Traces of marijuana can linger in your body for close to three months after you use it–something to keep in mind since a lot of jobs require a drug test before they’ll hire you.

*The high users experience from marijuana use is a result of the drug releasing dopamine, a feel-good chemical in your brain. It can lead some users to want that feeling again and again, resulting in a psychological dependency on the drug.

*While smoking weed can make some users feel relaxed, it affects everyone differently. Some users experience anxiety, panic attacks, and depression when they use the drug.

*While opponents of marijuana refer to it as a gateway drug and claim that trying it can lead people to try other drugs, that may not be entirely true. Most people who try marijuana don’t use other drugs. However, most people who do use other drugs did try marijuana first.

Have you or a friend ever tried marijuana? Do you ever feel pressured to smoke pot? Let us know in the comments–and if you or a friend want help quitting marijuana, click here to find help near you.

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  • DJ Endr3alm

    Never in my entire life have I ever heard or read such bullshit. Whoever told you any of this, and I can definitely tell someone told you this, is probably one of the dumbest, most arrogant motherfuckers on the planet. Marijuana does not take three months to get out of your system. It only takes one, in fact. Second, whoever in the fuck told you that weed has carcinogens is even dumber than the one who told you that it takes three months to get weed out of your system. Cigarettes and Marijuana have no similarities, other than the fact that you can smoke them. It can’t get you emphysema, cancer, or brain damage. In fact, REAL studies show that marijuana can actually help these diseases, especially and most commonly cancer. There are a great amount of people who actually beat cancer because of this plant. You may be right about marijuana making driving a little bit more risky and the fact that it can hurt undeveloped brains, but can you tell me at least one moment in history where someone actually died, became brain-dead, got cancer, or was put into a coma because of smoking pot? Not where someone died while they were under the influence, but from smoking marijuana itself. You can’t, can you? That’s because you’re standing against something you don’t even know the first thing about because you’re too damn naïve to learn the truth. Have you ever even smoked pot? Maybe, it will help clear that rampant mind of yours and then help you see just how helpful this plant has been for us since the dawn of time. With it, we created the first aesthetics, antidepressants, and painkillers. You’re feeding people lies. If you really want people to know the truth, then fuck what you heard and stick to the facts. Informed decisions, you say? If you really want us to make informed decisions, then give us accurate information, not common hippie hating bullshit. Don’t waste our time with this annoying, overused, and far-from-factual info. Maybe you should ask a real doctor before you post this shit online.

  • Samantha Moreno

    I’d love to see you site a single reputable source for any of the facts you provide in this article.