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Marijuana Facts:

The main active chemical in marijuana is THC(delta-9- thetrahydrocannabionol). Short term effects of marijuana use include problems with the memory and learning. Difficulty in thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, increased heart rate, anxiety and possible panic attacks

Health Risk associated with Marijuana use:

Effects of Marijuana on the Brain:                                                                                                                        THC can change the way in which information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain's limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory and the integration of sensory experience with emotions. THC is shown to suppress the neurons in the information- processing system of the hippocampus.          

Effects of the lungs:                                                                                                                                                       Regular use of marijuana can cause the same respiratory problems that tobacco use can. The use of marijuana can cause a daily cough and symptoms of chronic bronchitis and increase frequency of colds. In addition to this THC count, the amount of tar inhaled when smoking marijuana in addition to the carbon monoxide absorbed is 3 to 5 times greater than those of cigarette smokers.

Synthetic Marijuana:                                                                                                                                                    Synthetic marijuana  is a designer drug in which herbs, incense and leaf materials are sprayed with liquid chemicals to mimic the effects of THC, the psycho active ingredient in naturally grown marijuana. Synthetic Marijuana, also known as "spice" or "K2" first been available in the US in 2008. it is frequently marked as an increase in colorful pouches and labeled not for human consumption. "K2" could be bought legally in convenience stores and on lined until a national ban in 2012 and it was illegal to sell in the U.S.