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Substance Awareness

Marijuana: Things You Need To Know

  • 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