What does marijuana look like? A green, brown or gray mixture of dried,
shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the hemp plant. Other forms,
less common in the United States, are hashish and hashish oil.

What are some consequences of marijuana use?

May cause frequent respiratory infections, impaired memory and learning,
increased heart rate, anxiety, panic attacks, tolerance and physical
dependence.

Use of marijuana during the first month of breast-feeding can impair infant
motor development.

Chronic smokers may have many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco
smokers including daily cough and phlegm, chronic bronchitis symptoms,
frequent chest colds; chronic abuse can also lead to abnormal functioning of
lung tissues.

A study of college students has shown that skills related to attention,
memory and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily,
even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours.

Who uses marijuana?

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. At least one-third of
Americans have used marijuana sometime in their lives.

Sources: Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration



Pubdate: Fri, 30 Aug 2002
Source: Sun News (SC)
Copyright: 2002 Sun Publishing Co.
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