HOW DOES MARIJUANA AFFECT THE BRAIN?

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HOW DOES MARIJUANA AFFECT THE BRAIN?

AKUDO EJELONU

Pot, weed, grass, ganja and skunk, are some of the common words used to describe the dried leaves drug known as marijuana. Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is "usually smoked or eaten to entice euphoria." (1). Throughout the years, there has been research on the negative and positive effects of marijuana on the human body and the brain. Marijuana is frequently beneficial to the treatment of AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. However, researchers such as Jacques-Joseph Moreau have been working to explain how marijuana has harmful affects on the functions of central nervous system and hinders the memory and movement of the user's brain. The focus of my web paper is how the chemicals in marijuana, specifically cannabinoids and THC have an effect on the memory and emotions of a person's central nervous system.

Marijuana impinges on the central nervous system by attaching to brain's neurons and interfering with normal communication between the neurons. These nerves respond by altering their initial behavior. For example, if a nerve is suppose to assist one in retrieving short-term memory, cannabinoids receptors make them do the opposite. So if one has to remember what he did five minutes ago, after smoking a high dose of marijuana, he has trouble. Marijuana plant contains 400 chemicals and 60 of them are cannabinoids, which are psychoactive compounds that are produced inside the body after cannabis is metabolized or is extorted from the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids is an active ingredient of marijuana. The most psychoactive cannabinoids chemical in marijuana that has the biggest impact on the brain is tetrahydrocannibol, or THC. THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana because it affects the brain by binding to and activating specific receptors, known as cannabinoid receptors. "These receptors control memory, thought, concentration, time and depth, and coordinated movement. THC also affects the production, release or re-uptake (a regulating mechanism) of various neurotransmitters."(2) Neurotransmitters are chemical messenger molecules that carry signals between neurons. Some of these affects are personality disturbances, depression and chronic anxiety. Psychiatrists who treat schizophrenic patient advice them to not use this drug because marijuana can trigger severe mental disturbances and cause a relapse.

When one's memory is affected by high dose of marijuana, short-term memory is the first to be triggered. Marijuana's damage to short-term memory occurs because THC alters the way in which information is processed by the hippocampus, a brain area responsible for memory formation. "One region of the brain that contains a lot of THC receptors is the hippocampus, which processes memory."(3) Hippocampus is the part of the brain that is important for memory, learning, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivation. It also converts information into short-term memory. "Because it is a steroid, THC acts on the hippocampus and inhibits memory retrieval."(4) THC also alters the way in which sensory information is interpreted. "When THC attaches to receptors in the hippocampus, it weakness the short-term memory,"(5) and damages the nerve cells by creating structural changes to the hippocampus region of the brain. When a user has a high dose of marijuana, new information does not register into their brain and this may be lost from memory and they are not able to retrieve new information for more than a few minutes. There is also a decrease in the activity of nerve cells.

There are two types of memory behavior that is affected by marijuana, recognition memory and free cells. Recognition memory is the ability to recognize correct words. Users can usually recognize words that they previous saw before smoking but claim to recognize words that they did not previously see before smoking. This mistake is known as memory intrusions. Memory intrusions are also the consequence of THC affecting the free cell of the brain. "Marijuana disrupts the ability to freely recall words from a list that has been presented to an intoxicated subject."(6) For example, if a list of vocabulary words presented to the intoxicated subject and few minutes later, they have to recall the words that were on the list. The only words that they remember are the last group of words and not the words that are in the beginning of the list. This is an initiation that their memory storage has been affected. "The absence of an effect at short term delay times indicates that cannabinodis did not impair the ability to perform the basic task, but instead produce a selective learning and/or memory deficit."(7) I did a study with two college students (Student A and Student B) who both smoke marijuana every other week. This particular study was done an hour before, while and after they were under the influence of the drug. Student A was watching television before she smoked marijuana, was asked which advertisement was splayed before the show started and she got four out of five of her answers correct. After this first section, she smoked a small dose of marijuana twice within an hour. Fifteen minutes after she smoked her last blunt, she continued her regular activity of watching sitcoms. When a commercial would come on, I would ask her simple questions like what happened before the show went to a commercial break. Her responses would be macro-answers about what was going on but when I asked her what the main character was wearing, she did not remember. This was ironic because the protagonist wore a bright yellow suit that my friend commenting on earlier when the show began ten minutes ago. Her short-term memory is weakening because she was only able to remember big picture information and not small picture. Though the results are interesting, I know that I would have had different response on someone else because it depends on how often the user smokes and if they have good memory prior to smoking weed.

Marijuana also impairs emotions. When smoking marijuana, the user may have uncontrollable laughter one minute and paranoia the next. This instant change in emotions has to do with the way that THC affects the brain's limbic system. The limbic system is another region of the brain that governs one's behavior and emotions. It also "coordinates activities between the visceral base-brain and the rest of the nervous system."(8) I am now going to use Students B to describe how emotions are affected by marijuana. Students B is an articulate and well spoken young woman who has a troublesome relationship with her best friends which gets her upset and tense up. But after she smoked one high dose weed, her body was relaxed however, she had trouble formulating her thoughts clearly and would talk in pieces and was jubilant. It has been researched that a person needs to have high dose of marijuana would be in the state of euphoria. High dose of marijuana is measured as "15mg of THC can cause increased heart rate, gross motor disturbances, and can lead to panic attacks."(9) Thankfully, Student A did not experience any of these extreme examples.

College students usually smoke marijuana because they are stressed over schoolwork and feel that marijuana can help them unwind. I have encountered marijuana smokers who are chilled and have no worries in the world but after the effect of the drug wears off, they're sometimes capable to tacking their problem or at the original state that they were in before the drug. The effects of happiness that marijuana usually cause to the user is not a lasting effect because even though a user smokes weed to get away from the troubles of his/her own life, they still have to face these problems after the effects of the drug wears-off. In a survey with college student, an organization called, parents: the Anti-Drug interviewed college students and found that "compared to the light users, heavy marijuana users made more errors and had more difficulty sustaining attention."(10) This was evident through my second experiment with Student B but not everyone who smoke high doses of marijuana experience the same affect.

The chemicals in marijuana bring cognitive impairment and troubles with learning for the user. "Smoking [marijuana] causes some changes in the brain that are like those caused but cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. Some researchers believe that has changes may put a person more at risk of becoming addicted to other drugs such a cocaine and heroin."(11) To prevent such harm, one must be cautious of their actions. Those who do not do drugs do not risk harm. So please the next day you light up, remember you that you central nervous system and brain will be at risk.

1)Online Dictionary

2)Marijuana: The Brain's Response to Drugs, A Good Web Source

3)Mind Over Matter: Marijuana Series, A Good Web Source

4)Alcohol Addiction & The Limbic System, A Good Web Source

5)Marijuana: The Brain's Response to Drugs, A Good Web Source

6)Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory Impairments Produced by Cannabinoids, A Good Web Source

7)Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory Impairments Produced by Cannabinoids, A Good Web Source

8)Marijuana and the Brain by John Gettman. High Times, March, 1995, A Good Web Source

9)Alcohol Addiction & The Limbic System, A Good Web Source

10)Parents. The Anti-Drug. -- Drug Information, A Good Web Source

11)Marijuana: Marijuana Brain Effects, A Good Web Source

 

 

Comments made prior to 2007

I smoked pot straight now since I was 13 years old Im 25 now I smoke it everyday literally through a Bong. I do not smoke well im at work but as soon as im off and for the remainder of the evening till I end up going to bed I do smoke. Now I read your page about the effects pot has on short term memory and brain function, Since I started smoking pot my asthma has vanished my grades went up in school my mind learns at quicker rates and my short term memory is far from gone There isnt much I forget about, unless it is because of my selective memory. Were the people that you tested on already marijuana smokers and also there are diff things to be taken into consideration when testing a substance for example the way it was grown marijuana has to be grown with nutrients and fertalizers to become potent enough to smoke for a high but when people use these fertilizers and such they sometimes do not leech the foods out from the plants which could lead to all kinds of bad side effects Im wondering if this kind of inforamtion is taken into consideration when giving test subjects marijuana to smoke or ingest.

I have no side effects other than a burnt out feeling after smoking all nite, and in teh morning of course but no brain problems like teh ones your website describes ... Chris, 7 July 2006

 

 

Yeah...i disagree on a lot of things that you have to say about this. Like for one some of the things you mentioned only happen while you're high, but after the high goes away those things do as well. Marijuana is not addicting like other hard drugs or alcohol. Also marijuana helps people with ADD, makes them focus better, and sometimes learn better. Sometimes when you smoke your nerves are more dull, but sometimes they can be more alive, so to speak. You need to know that everybody reacts to marijuana differently. So these test that your doing don't go for everybody. You need to let people know that or else thats kind of false information. Something that really got to me is when you were talking about how people do it to relax and get their mind of things and once the highs gone all the problems come back. Well once again everybody reacts differently to marijuana. A lot of people when there high talk a lot about there problems and life in general. What I'm getting at here is that while their high they can figure out there problems because being high brings you into a new type of world and you think about everything more carefully. It's like it opens up your brain and lets you think more into your thoughts and about whats going on. A lot of times they can solve their problems like that, especially when there is someone there with them to talk to. Marijuana also brings people together. I know someone who hated a bunch of people, but then one day ended up smoking with them. Next thing she knew, they were all the best of friends. I know a group of people and within that group you've got your "gangster" type, Punk type, goth type, preppy type, hick type, and the list just keeps going. All of them probably wouldn't even talk if it wasn't for marijuana bringing them together. I have a lot more to say but, I'm not going to because I have pretty much proved my point. Also marijuana brings the creativeness out in people. Some of the greatest authors, poets, music artist, painters, and so on, get their great ideas or create there masterpieces by being high.

 

P.S I would also like to add that I am a chronic user and I could remember your whole entire report on it. I also have excellent grades in school, in fact better than when I didn't smoke. I also would just like to add one more thing: You will not understand or ever be able to know how or what marijuana does to you unless you do it yourself. Trust me I once was all anti-marijuana and always said that it does all these bad things to you and blah blah blah. Well now I actually know how it really does make people feel because I have experienced it and everything there is in that type of world.

 

P.S.S I do agree with a few things that you had to say ... Jen, 9 November 2006

 

 

Hi, I really found this information very useful because it IS a misconvention among most of the college/university goers that marijuana increases concentration and increases the work capacity of an individual. I personally believe that it DOES increase the work capacity of the abuser to some extent, that's when the drug abuser is not in a "stoned" state of mind, but then too, what is at stake is the brain and central nervous system malfunctioning, which degrades the intellectual, job and social skills. So in my opinion, it's not a good deal ... Ankur Gupta, 25 February 2007

 

 

allright tell me something if you say a list of say 20-30 vocabulary words and you were asked to read them over, then you were asked say 5 minutes later to remember as many of those words as you can, do you really think you'll be able to do that? no i bet if you asked 100 people to do that that around 90% of them wouldnt be able to do it.

 

also riddle me this batman, how many people die each year from drunk driving accidents? now dont im pretty sure you've been drunk, and maybe once smoked pot in your life right? well which had a more sever affect the weed or the alcohol? yeah the alcohol!

 

im a stoner i will proudly say that. but if i have the choice between alcohol and weed i'd take weed anyday. i've driven high that isnt a problem. when im high i drive a little slower then normal and im lookin for the nearest 7-11.

 

weed isnt a drug it has no addictive characteristics what so ever!!! ciggaretes kill more people then alchol,guns,and pissed off husbands who come home early.

 

now weed doesnt lead to other drugs what so ever, i've been smokin the stuff everyday for the past 4 years and i have yet to even think about trying other drugs. if mother nature didnt want us to smoke it she wouldnt have put it here!

 

its as simple as that!! ... Reader on the web, 21 July 2007

 

 

Hello, I was told about this site as a friend of mine was completing a research paper. As I looked over it, there seems to be lots of misinformation involved, and my friend has abandoned this site. I wouldn't mind if you read through all of my message carefully. To start off, the following statement is not backed by any scientific evidence what so ever. "Marijuana impinges on the central nervous system by attaching to brain's neurons and interfering with normal communication between the neurons." This has been proven to be false on multiple occasions since the 1970's. Cannabinoids to not not impinge on the nervous system what so ever, this isn't lysergic acid we're dealing with. "Marijuana plant contains 400 chemicals and 60 of them are cannabinoids" This quote right here is misleading. Every plant is comprised of hundreds of chemicals. In fact, they're not even chemicals, they're just substances that comprise the plants' structure. Also, the majority of cannabinoids that are also found in cannabis are produced by the body naturally. Also regarding cannabinoid receptors. "These receptors control memory, thought, concentration, time and depth, and coordinated movement. THC also affects the production, release or re-uptake (a regulating mechanism) of various neurotransmitters." This is simply false, I do not know where this source came from. Your brain does not use cannabinoid receptors for memory, thought, or concentration. Next,saying that "When one's memory is affected by high dose of marijuana, short-term memory is the first to be triggered." is also blatantly false. Marijuana does not directly impact memory, but short term memory only when high off of THC or CBD is affected because the user may be 'distracted' if you will from the plant it self. Also, referring to a 'high dose' of marijuana is ridiculous. There is no such thing as a high dose of Cannabis because there is no possible way to overdose. It is strictly impossible. The most obnoxious quote that i've read from this site is, "Marijuana also impairs emotions. When smoking marijuana, the user may have uncontrollable laughter one minute and paranoia the next." I cannot believe that this would even be published. MARIJUANA DOES NOT CHANGE A USERS STATE OF MIND. PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE SAME RATIONAL DECISIONS AS THEY WOULD WHEN NOT USING THE PLANT. PERIOD. I am actually appalled by what I've read here, and I'm even more appalled by the sources you've used. Unlike true informational sites, you've only used web sources. That is completely absurd. If you look at any reasonable fact site about Cannabis you will see that the sources that are used are mainly from published books and factual citations. Please realize that much of what is on this web page is completely false and misleading. I wouldn't mind hearing a response soon to defend your case ... Spiros Thomas, 7 November 2007

Comments

Belllaaa's picture

my name is Bella and i smoke

my name is Bella
and i smoke neally everyday
and i am only 15
i am actually writting this at school
and i used to be the dumbest kid in the class
and now i am one ov the smartest
thanks dope.

Anonymous's picture

Yeah, you're soo cool you're

Yeah, you're soo cool you're typing that shit at school. WAY TO GO BELLA!

testing the waters 's picture

weed

hahahahahahahahahhahhahahahhahaha.that was funny.weed gets you relax and make your imagination open up .think about it you be more oringnal than are

Anonymous's picture

Haha, I'm all for weed but

Haha, I'm all for weed but sweety who are you trying to fool?

Anonymous's picture

Um.... are you really sure

Um.... are you really sure your the smartest person in your class first of all you spelled "of" wrong do you go to a school filled with illegal immigrants or something 'cause that's kind of sad.

Anonymous's picture

She just hit the wrong key.

She just hit the wrong key. We all have done it. Just a bunch of hot heads. I don't smoke the stuff. I have but I don't but I love a bunch of pot heads. Ha! I will tell you for sure that I much rather know that my daughter is kicked back somewhere laughing her a** off with a bong than drinking or doing drugs. No. MJ is not a drug. It is a WEED. God made the weeds. Man made Meth and alchol. I know my peps are safer smoking weed than taking all that man made crap. And that includes the crap made by big PHarma!
I pray that the blinds are lifted from peoples eyes soon before all of our liberties and freedom to be self determinate are yanked from our hands. God bless you all. Just chill.

Anonymous's picture

Dude, F and V are close

Dude, F and V are close together on the keyboard, typing error

Anonymous's picture

ok...

Ok well three things Bella, 'i' should be 'I', its spelt 'nearly' and its 'of' not 'ov', and your claiming to be one of the smartest in the class and yet you cannot produce a simply structured paragraph about yourself without making three fairly stupid mistakes, yes 'weed' really has helped you hasnt it....

Roy's picture

Anonymous, before you begin

Anonymous, before you begin to lecture people on proper punctuation, perhaps you should revise your own work before you submit it. "Its", is not the same as "it is", which is the same as "it's". So add that little apostrophe to every "its" you've spelled wrong. Spelled is preferred over spelt. Your way of spelling "you are", which is the same as you're, was incorrect. Maybe you're not the right person to be proofreading others' work, especially when your own writing was so improperly put together. In that sentence, “your” and “you’re”, are used correctly. Apparently, choosing not to smoke weed hasn't (hello apostrophe) helped you either. Let the critiquing begin!

Anonymous's picture

I love this guy trying to

I love this guy trying to correct the grammar of another person.

"spelled" not "spelt"
"you're" not "your"
"simple" not "simply"

I'd point out the punctuation errors, but I think you get the idea. You shouldn't rag on someone for things you do just as bad.

Anonymous's picture

First things first, that was

First things first, that was a below the belt comment dude, like really... If this bella happened to be in class i would doubt that she would want to spend the time spellchecking her post, as a teacher would have the right to confiscate whatever it is she was using to post her comment, this actually makes her smart. Btw your grammatical errors include 'spelt' is 'spelled' and 'simply' should be 'simple' as well as 'hasnt' being a conjunction is required to be spelled like 'hasn't' soooo thank you and go eff yourself. :D

Anonymous's picture

When I was young, I almost

When I was young, I almost died multiple times from my asthma. Since I started smoking weed when i was 14 my asthma literally isn't there, I'm one of the most intelligent students at Seabreeze High and I'm a weightlifter for my school. I don't study or do work but I've aced every test I've taken in any subject. While everyone else studies, I stare off or think. They still fail the test and I get 90% and up. I dis agree with most of the above, but smoking anything is poison in the lungs. Which is ironic because smoking weed has killed my asthma.

Anonymous's picture

yeah see

See there are some good things about pot its a natrual plant so it cant be that bad can it?? so thats cool dude tell every one your story.

waldo's picture

dont get caught

I love weed But recently my mom found out about my new hobby and wanted to strangle me. I have nothing against the herb at all but If youre eighteen or younger please for gods sake make sure ur parents dont catch u or ull suffer the consequences. now I have to be drug tested and have to beg my mom before I can drive anywhere she belives that when I move out Im gonna be aloser and all Ill do is smoke weed But Im capable of controlling myself and I doubt it completely take over my life plus she smokes cigarettes which are ten times more harmful. I think the government should just legalize it nones gonna stop evan it is illegal and plus it will be another way for them to steal more of our money so whats stoping them ?

Zach's picture

I'm just going to throw this

I'm just going to throw this one out there... weed is not addictive. Not physiologically, not psychologically. It doesn't cause deterioration of the central nervous system. You do, however, act like an idiot when you are high. I can make these claims for two reasons.

1) I have smoked up a bucnh of times - Trust me, I worked at a summer camp. From experience I can tell you that it is not addictive.
2) I wrote a research paper and gave a speech on it - I did my research and found the facts.

So really, stop making bogus claims. I'm not afraid of your dogma because I know the truth. A few more things on weed.

- It doesn't cause lung cancer (like is believed by many). http://www.webmd.com/lung-cancer/news/20060523/pot-smoking-not-linked-to-lung-cancer

- It kills less people each year (mostly due to allergies) than alcohol, caffein, or even aspirin for that matter. http://answers.kgb.com/how-many-people-die-from-smoking-marijuana-every-year/1559286 and also this website. http://www.cannabisnews.org/featured/marijuana-is-safer-than-aspirin/

- It is not addictive. http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/

^ enjoy that last website, I certainly did.

Anonymous's picture

actually, just for the

actually, just for the record...nobody has ever died from smoking or ingesting weed, this is a fact...watch "The Union" and "Run form the Cure" online...and tell everyone about it, these are great movies and will tell you everything there is to know about the stuff

juggalo from the south's picture

this artical is total bull shit

this artical is total bullshit i have smoked for 17 years every day and my memory is better then 90 persent of the people i know that dont smoke weed look at all the people that die every year because of alcohol and the lives that are ruined due to alcohol the familys torn apart then look at weed you dont see that stuff happening at all other then when people get arrested for something that should have never been made illeagal in the first place and wuz made that way with bullshit scare tactics like this article and dumb ass videos like reefer madness and by racists that said the blacks are going to use this and rob and rape white ppl and if you have never even tried it yourself then you realy should it might change your mind on alot of stuff

garfield's picture

I like mladjen have also had

I like mladjen have also had ideas that could change the way the world is or at least i think they could. The problem is i forget many of them once im sober again. I need to start writing them down in a notebook. On the other hand i do think marijauna can have negative effects on people. I also think that some of the effects that it has on people is caused by there own mind and that it causes there personalities to show through more.

Anonymous's picture

This report is biased

First of all, in order to do a study, you need many test subjects. You need a control and you need to give similar tests to each person. Asking someone who is sober what Spongebob's last name is and then asking someone else who is stoned what clothes everyone is wearing in a Twilight Zone episode are two different things, and cannot say much about the effects of your memory on and off weed. Who the hell focuses on clothes anyway, besides maybe someone who is into fashion? I would call someone who never smokes weed retarded if I just watched an episode with them and was like "so what did you think" and they responded "I didn't like his clothes". I've smoked weed for over 3 years, since age 13, everyday straight. It has helped me significantly with my IBS. I've had straight A's every year at school, while many straight edge kids I knew struggled and had C's. My mind feels like it is expanding. Also, whoever wrote this essay has very bad grammar. I write essays stoned that have less grammatical errors than this essay. That says a lot.

Anonymous's picture

Marijuana FTW?

Ive been smoking for about a year or so. Marijuana does impair memory a bit and it does slow down your mental processes but in no way is it addictive. My grades are better since ive been using it because it relaxes the stress of all the work thats piled on me, also it just gives you a different view of life and everything in it. Its your choice to do it or not, no one is forcing you.

Anonymous's picture

Pot

i agree ive been smokeing for 6 years and my grades are amazing i have a regular sleep schedual and i couldnt be happyer o and ps HAPPY 420!

Anonymous's picture

1. everyone has a different

1. everyone has a different opinion about it
2. i don't smoke weed but what i think is for people who do, it makes them feel better while they use it but the effects afterwords aren't too good and the more you use it the more you'll want to and you will feel so great at the time but in the end of it all its just ruining you.
3. that's my opinion, no one has to agree with it, its just what i think :)

chillin''s picture

Marijuana

And on top of all that, it's in the bible, people were always getting stoned...Sorry been smoking too much!

Anonymous's picture

BULLSH*T

what a stupid report, why don't you write a report on what alchohol does to the brain. that's truely damaging. and legal? hmmm. and how much of it is taxed? until weed is regulated and taxed, the government doesnt want individuals thinking for themselves, it might just be enlightening. i don't know about anyone else, but when i smoke my mind wakes up.. i can analyze things on a different level, see things differently, and more consiously. my mind races a mile a minute, but not in a paranoid state. its hard to explain. i just think the drug is enlightening, and you shouldnt propagate negative information on a drug so pure and from the earth, while there are so many more harmful things we ingest everyday. and legal ones at that. bullsh*t i say!

17-year-old's picture

I agree to a certain extent.

I agree to a certain extent. Alcohol is a drug, compared to pot it is just as bad as poppin pills to get high or smokin coke or meth really. It has a tendency to make people more violent and is leathal if someone were to consume too much. I have met many families who have taken me in and in the end I had to be the parent to their children simply because alcohol is an actual addicting drug. When the parents used pot they may have been a little mentally slower however they were never violent towards there children or me, and personally I think alcohol should be illegal and pot should be legal. What good does alcohol do for people??? It changes them, turns some violent, and others just drowned themselves in it simply so they can forget the reality of life and some even go so far as using it for suicide. However there is no report of pot causing anything like these changes, sure you forget a little more than usual, yea it's like a crutch when used for depression, but it doesn't subside the reality of life for very long, doesn't kill anyone, and honestly alcohol doesn't help with diseases or sicknesses or anything does it??? pot sure as hell does, I may not smoke pot like most of the people I hang out with do, but I can see the good in it.

iTwink's picture

Stay High

IMa smoke weed til death do us apart..!

pot smoker!!!'s picture

it helps rather than effects

Pot is better for you than cigerettes and alcohol so why are you all fighting ... its good for you and its NOT man made ... by the way 4/20 is SO close !!!!

Anonymous's picture

less than 12 hours now niggah

less than 12 hours now niggah

Anonymous's picture

Propaganda!

this is a twister cite, kids get lost!
before your brains get infected!!!

PC's picture

Marijuana is terribly powerful

I have been smoking marijuana for about 10 years, with more and more frequent use in the last year. I loved it (and I still do): in the past year I have let marijuana allow me to explore ideas more freely and to develop metaphysical theories which, once sober, actually have some ground and that got me interested into the field I am working on today.

However, I have noticed in the past few months that I am losing my ability to spell correctly. My mother tongue is not English, and I keep forgetting how to spell some of the words in that language, while I used to pride myself in being an amazing speller. Maybe it is also because I do not practice my mother tongue much. I don't know. But your passage about marijuana affecting linguistic memory has quite shaken me.

On a more serious note, I have had life-changing experiences on marijuana, as in I became certain that I became a new person, and that my intoxicated self was my new, irreversible state. It was terrifying.

I am glad that I tried marijuana, as it made me discover so much; but I am glad to be stopping and to allow myself to discover my own mind and to obtain the same freedom of ideas without THC.

jack james's picture

Smoke if you got 'em

Been smoking weed 15 years. I only smoke about once a week now. Here is my take on weed:

Yes, it slows down your thought process, but it increases creativity.

Yes, it is a gateway drug, but a gateway to many other great drugs(YET avoid any drugs that are chemically addictive.)

Yes it gives you the munchies, but at least you only end up fat, instead of banging a fat chick(beer goggles).

Yes it makes you depressed after, but were all dieing, just at a different rate and starting point, therefore we would be depressed anyways.

Enjoy life. Smoke because it helps you enjoy your time here. If you can not handle smoking and living an everyday life at the same time then it may not be for you.

money on my mind's picture

well i think that was a good

well i think that was a good way u put it and really nobody should do it but hey it u and your life

Kaylie's picture

KAYLiE RAYNE LOVES THAT MARYJANE!

I completely realize that the good is illegal...but why? Do you ever hear of people dying from weed? But you always hear of people OD'ing on pills, alcohol, and other drug substances. Marijuana is a PLANT that grows on earth, its not man-made and its not harmful at all besides possibly acting a little silly after you smoke. I love the green and in my opinion it should be legalized and alcohol should be illegal! I'd much rather get high than get drunk!

blazed stoner lol's picture

9 months strong

Ive been smoking weed almost daily for about 9 months now i am a senior in high school and struggling to finish this last month because of my lack of motivation and smoking all the time. One thing i do have to say is that marijuana did have a type of withdrawal effect on me. I would dome blunts everyday and when i would not smoke one day a part of my back would tingle and irritate me. that was maybe 3-4 months ago. It doesnt happen anymore but i do have an urge to smoke all the time. I know it is messin me up but i am in love. and you cant kill true love

Anonymous's picture

It's not the weed, it's the

It's not the weed, it's the fact that you smoke blunts. When you cut a blunt and push out the tobacco, there is still nicotine in the blunt paper, and that is what you are craving, not Marijuana...

GanjaHero's picture

I LOVE MARIJUANA!!!!!

I LOVE MARIJUANA!!!!!

JRB's picture

Pots a plant it grows in the

Pots a plant it grows in the ground if god didnt like it, it wouldnt be around

bereneice's picture

hell yea, la mariguana es

hell yea, la mariguana es super ynel q no le guste a la //////////////////////////////////////////////////....................................

Anonymous's picture

ya thats true god put weed on

ya thats true god put weed on earth but he also put poison ivy, and poison oak and other deadly plants. If you smoke weed everyday your in danger of developing drug induced phycosis. Thats what happend to me. i smoke everyday for about 8 years than one day i lost my mind, i almost killed my self a few times cause i was in a different world. I dont want to get into the detail of it all. It toke me about 3 or 4 months to get my mind back to normal. So if you smoke weed everyday, thats fine but every few months i strongly suggest for your safy and mental health that you take a month off to let your brain cool down and return back to its normal chemistry. And weed is a bit addictive by the way.

Anonymous's picture

ok, well in the bible it even

ok, well in the bible it even says "holy herb" so god apparently likes it and you people who say its bad need to just shut up. i used to have anger problems but now since i smoke i am barely angry at all anymore.

Anonymous's picture

same here iam 15 @ when i was

same here iam 15 @ when i was in elementry i got in a lot of fights cause people pissed me off for simple reasons ive been smoking for 5 years now and i dont get pissed off very easy now iam glad i smoke cause if i didnt i would probably be in juvy so many more times then now so weed has helped me keep out of trouble a lot more @ 2 more days till 420 ya

Stephanie Crich's picture

I choose marijuana as my prescription drug.

I have smoked for 10 years now and I believe that marijuana has helped me to stay "sain". I don't smoke it like it's going out of style, because obviously that isn't the case. I have been diagnosed with depression and have had suicidal thoughts in the past and the only drug that has helped is marijuana. I don't use it to try and fix my problems but to help me understand the problem and come to a conclusion as to what I can do to fix it. It is the only drug that helps me make, honestly, reasonable decisions. I do believe that some people may have effects of short-term memory loss but not everyone. Marijuana effects everyone differently. I would not recommend it for everyone just like any other drug on the market. Some effects that you may have mentioned, I have never encountered. Every drug has a side effect. There is no drug that doesn't. If a little short-term memory is the only obvious, negative side effect for someone like me that has major depression compared to a legal drug that may have major side effects, then I would definitely recommend smoking marijuana as opposed to taking a legal drug. I have noticed the short-term memory, personally, is only "active" while high on marijuana but not after I have come down from it. I do laugh a lot at times while "high" but I see this as a positive effect for someone that suffers from depression. I have never heard of someone overdosing, being in an accident or having any other major life threatening side effect from smoking marijuana. I'm not trying to convince you that it should be legal for everyone but it should be more scientifically examined as to whom it is ok to smoke it and who shouldn't. If marijuana is frequently beneficial to the treatment of AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, then I believe it could also be a possibility that it could somehow become the treatment we have been longing to find to cure these problems. I have "heard" that it helps slow down the cancer process, so, it may be possible that people that have dormant cancerous cells can smoke marijuana and keep these cells from actually becoming active. Obviously, there is some good to this drug and until someone can provide a logical reason why we shouldn't smoke it then I too will continue smoking marijuana.

Thanks for listening................Stephanie~ April 12,2010

Anonymous's picture

to the people that say that

to the people that say that weed is not addicting its bullshit. i tried to stop but i cant. weed has ruined my life.

Anonymous's picture

marjiuana

weed did not ruin your life.......you yourself ruined your life so stop blaming it on the great green plant called pot biotch:)

Anonymous's picture

I'm sorry your experience was

I'm sorry your experience was so bad, but what can you do to change that? I'm a firm believer in individuals taking responsibility for their actions and learning from them.YOU HAVE THE POWER to quit anything! To stop ANYTHING! I stopped smoking cigarettes after my battle with them. I was smoking for 6 months and after i realized I was addicted and the negative effects it had on my pocket and my body, I let it go. Don't blame the herb for your mishaps. You decided to smoke it. Now put on your boxer boots and fight it. You have to tell yourself its not addictive...and it wont be. Try it.

Anonymous's picture

Your wrong

Cannabis is not addictive because it doesnt replace any naturally made chemicals. The only reason you can't quit is because you can't either get out of the habit or routine or your mind is too weak and can't get over it, like a girlfriend.

Anonymous's picture

haha. how has weed ruined

haha. how has weed ruined your life? there is no physical addiction to weed. its all in your head. you love what it does to you so you keep doing it. when you tried to quit did you have the shivers? sweats? headaches? nausea? any side effect besides wanting to get high? probably not. its like drinking coca cola everyday and saying your addicted cause you like to drink them. your a very ignorant person. please keep your outrages comments to yourself

Anonymous's picture

Weed can ruin your life

I can ruin someones life because people have different effects from weed. Some guy at my school was going crazy when playing baseball outside yesterday. Other people at my school do crazy shit when they smoke weed. There has also been a few cases of fights and deaths at my school because they had been high. The effect of that had changed and had ruined may peoples lives. Pot can ruin your life since many people have different experiences. It could make you do crazy things like kill someone or make you lose a friendship. So dont say weed cant ruin your life because it can.

Anonymous's picture

All i can say is that you

All i can say is that you haven't tried weed yet of course because if you did you wouldn't say that because weed doesn't make you crazy to the point where you want to kill someone, that's simply and plain stupid.Marijuana actually makes people more friendly and happy not aggressive and dangerous to society.

Anonymous's picture

Green, won't make you break

Green, won't make you break out into fights or go crazy, and I'm sorry but your an idoit for think it does, anything that those kds that say they we're high did was because they wanted to do it, not because they we're high. It can't ruin your life, you have no idea what your talking about so if your gonna speak from ignorence then don't speak at all.

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