Marijuana is one of the oldest drugs in existence. Normally, when someone thinks of a person who has been smoking marijuana, they envision someone being very calm, mellow, or even giggly. The marijuana has what is called THC. The more THC contained in the marijuana, the stronger the affect will be.
While many people who have smoked marijuana may appear calm and “mellow”, their heart rate has increased greatly, as has their pulse. Their eyes become bloodshot and a dry mouth is very common. Marijuana also can damage short-term memory. Some people experience an anxiety reaction, which can actually lead to intense paranoia and fear, which in turn can lead to violence.
It has been shown that marijuana smoke has more cancer causing agents than tobacco. It also damages the lungs due to the deep inhalation of the smoke and holding it in for as long as possible. Also, many people who smoke marijuana also smoke cigarettes or cigars, which make their health risks even greater. Marijuana can also cause audio and visual hallucinations. Headaches and tremors are also quite common among marijuana users.
While most people in the western world who smoke marijuana experience “the munchies” or an increased appetite, it can also cause a decrease in appetite. People who have been smoking marijuana usually have impaired sense of time and space. Although it is not as pronounced as drunk driving, those under the influence of marijuana also have a hard time staying in their own lane.
Fertility problems among both men and women have been reported with the use of marijuana, although marijuana does tend to stimulate erotic desires. People using marijuana are usually not difficult to spot. They normally have blood-shot eyes and seem to be moving at times alternating between slow motion and overdrive.
Since marijuana drastically effects short-term memory, it is not uncommon for the user to often forget what he is doing or talking about. Inappropriate laughter or giggling is also commonly seen in those who have had marijuana.
Those who smoke marijuana often have a short-time span of wakefulness followed by drowsiness. Often, they will smoke more marijuana to keep from getting too tired. Repeating phrases and actions is also an indicator that someone has been using marijuana, especially if combined with the other signs and symptoms. Repeated use often leads to problems at work or at school.