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Marijuana has become one of the most widely used drugs in the United States Marijuana has many different effects which result from using the drug Effect means how a person reacts to the drug Marijuana is a mild hallucinogenic drug which is used for individual pleasure or medical treatment The effects can be physical psychological or medicinalMany physical effects result from smoking marijuana The most common effects from the use of marijuana are an accelerated heart rate and a reddening of the eyes The effect on the eyes has been attributed to a swelling of the minor conjunctival blood vessels in the eye Abel 153 The increase in pulse rate has been shown to be dose dependent According to Abel The more THC given to the subject the greater the pulse rate 153 Evidence has proven that marijuana not only increases heart rate but also temporarily weakens heart muscle contractions The drug also impairs a persons judgment and coordination Therefore it is very dangerous to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana Some long term effects of marijuana are coughing and chest pains Sometimes these respiratory problems develop into bronchitis Among males prolonged use of marijuana reduces the production of sperm and of the male sex hormone testosterone Among females it may cause menstrual irregularity and reduced fertility There are also many psychological effects associated with marijuanaThe psychological reaction consists of alterations in the users feelings and thoughts These changes are caused by THC a chemical found in marijuana In most cases It consists of a dreamy relaxed state in which people seem more aware of their senses DuPont 161 For many marijuana users a feeling of pleasant euphoria and well-being is established It is very common for the drug to produce time distortion in the user The user usually feels like hours have passed when in actuality only a few minutes have passed Sometimes however marijuana produces a feeling of panic
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