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Marijuana Facts:

Before you make the choice to smoke pot educate yourself about the impacts of marijuana use!

How does pot affect the brain?

What we know for sure is that pot changes more than just the way people feel. It also triggers a number of changes in brain function and behavior.

Let's consider just a couple of the main ones:

  • Pot tilts the balance of chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, energy, appetite, and attention.
  • It affects learning and memory processes, and can cause forgetfulness and reduced concentration.
  • Pot also reduces logical thinking and calculation skills, and can impair a user's ability to perform complex tasks, including driving a car.

Uncovering the actual machinery of most of pot's effects in the brain is still probably years away.

But this much is known right now: Heavy smokers in general and longtime users in particular are more likely to experience ongoing problems than occasional smokers and nonsmokers.

And that's something else to think about if you're thinking about pot: Smoke enough of it and it could end up smokingyou -- or, at least, part of the future you. Provided by the Do It Now Foundation

Think Marijuana is addictive? Many heavy or long term users experience withdrawal symptoms.

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • physical tension
  • decreases in appetite and mood
  • stomach pain
  • physical tension
  • restlessness
  • anorexia
  • insomnia
  • increased aggression / anger
  • strange dreams