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The word marijuana holds two very different meanings in todays society To parents it is a drug that is affecting their teenage children Scientists have found that marijuana impairs all abilities by conducting extensive experiments and in depth research However many doctors see marijuana as a substance that can relieve not cure many sick people from their daily pain They believe when used in moderation and in the right circumstances marijuana is a medical miracle Many people look at marijuana as a drug that is very harmful to people that utilize it Many people begin using marijuana between the ages of twelve and eighteen It provides a form of entertainment when there is nothing else to do People who use it for entertainment purposes receive no benefits from this drug Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals When smoked it generates over 2000 chemicals that invade the body through the lungs These chemicals have an assortment of instantaneous short-term effects In addition the repetitive use of marijuana has been connected to a number of long-term effects Short-term effects of marijuana consist of both psychological and physical reactions The psychological reaction consists of changes in the users feelings and judgment Such changes are caused mainly by THC a chemical in marijuana that impairs brain Edinger 2 function Marijuana like alcohol inhibits the brain from making quick decisions in a time when needed Marijuana also causes the loss of coordination This can inhibit a person from getting behind the wheel of a car and reaching their destination safely the same as other illegal drugs do The feeling of a false well-being humor hunger short term memory loss shortened breath increased heart rate and abnormal brain waves are some other short term effects related to the smoking or eating of marijuana The long term effects of marijuana have many doctors worried about the health of many Americans Years of marijuana use can cause lung cancer and
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