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The most common abused illegal drug in the United States is marijuana. 

The use of marijuana can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Marijuana's effects on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the high of the drug have worn off.

Long term effects include risk of lung disease and effects to your respiratory system which can cause asthma, colds, the flu and/or allergies to worsen. If you are developing and you are a guy, it can even affect your ability to have kids someday. Marijuana has been caused to decrease sperm count in men, as well as decrease sexual desire and increase the risk of health problems in adolescents.

  • There are over 421 chemicals in Marijuana. When smoked, it increases to over 2,000 chemicals that the body is taking in. 
  • Marijuana smoke deposits 4x more tar in the lungs and has 50%-70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) causes the high effect in marijuana. The higher the THC content, the stronger and longer the high, and the longer it will remain in the body.
  • After smoking only one joint, ten to twenty percent of the drug (THC) attaches to the body tissue for up to 30 days.
  • Traces of THC can be found up to four and a half months after stopping habitual use of the drug.
  • There is a synthetic, a.k.a. man-made, drug that is similar to marijuana, called Spice.
  • Spice is illegal and known to cause seizures, hallucinations, paranoia and aggression.

The information above was borrowed from: Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Prevention Resource Center Fact Sheets; www.drugfreehawaii.org 

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Marijuana Fact Sheet

Spice Fact Sheet

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