This is a essay about the harmful effects of marijuana and how they are ruining society today.

Essay by bradley123High School, 12th gradeA, May 2003

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The Harmful Effects Of Marijuana

Marijuana is one of the most harmful drugs, but yet it's one of the most

frequently used drugs, does that sound right? Last year in the United States, nearly

69 million people over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. The scary

thing is, do they really know about the harmful effects? There are both long-term

and immediate effects such as cancer(a huge killer in the world), increased heart

rate, and the way young people grow up.

It is not yet determined whether marijuana leads to cancer, but most people

who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes and other drugs. The smoke from

marijuana contains similar cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, but sometimes in

higher concentrations. From an article that I read, I found an interesting study that

shows someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-

causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes every day.


really blew my mind. From smoking marijuana, it could contribute to early

development of head and neck cancer in some people. If that's not enough to scare

people, then what will. Just like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke is harmful to the

lungs because users often inhale the filtered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs

as long as possible. The tars from marijuana smoke produce tumors when used for a

long period of time.

With long-term effects, there is also immediate effects such as faster

heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and dry mouth and throat. Studies of

marijuana's mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term

memory, alter sense of time, and reduce the ability to do things which require

concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating...