- Marijuana effects the brain, especially our memory. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed. Short-term and long-term memory loss is associated with marijuana use.
- Smoking marijuana is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. Marijuana has more carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) than tobacco. One marijuana joint affects your lungs as much as four cigarettes.
- You can become addicted to marijuana. Research shows that you can become both psychologically and physically addicted to marijuana.
- Most Monmouth University students do not use marijuana.
- Marijuana affects your sense of time and coordination. Injuries, falls, burns, drowning, and car accidents often happen as a result of marijuana use.
- Marijuana can be “laced” with other drugs without your knowledge. Sometimes it may have substances such as cocaine, PCP, or embalming fluid.
- Marijuana use increases your risk of developing a mental illness. Depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia have been linked to marijuana use.
- Marijuana use may result in “Amotovational Syndrome,” which results in loss of motivation, judgment, interest in activities or sports, hygiene habits, and social interests.
- Long-term use of marijuana may result in loss of facial hair for men and an increase in facial hair for women.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about alcohol or drug use, contact the Office of Substance Awareness. It’s free and confidential! Call 732-263-5804