• Affects person's performance
It severely affects the educational performance of the person - gets lower grades, fails to complete graduation.
If the person is working, the drug leads to higher number of sickness related leaves, unexplained absence, more accidents at workplace, more workers' compensation claims, etc.
• Perception, memory, intellect, and psycho-motor co-ordination impairment
Use of marijuana impairs the correct perception of things. The effect is excess stimulation of the brain, which leads impairment of perception. The person feels as if there were things, even if they are not there.
The THC also affects the normal functioning of the brain and this causes anxiety, nervousness, etc. in the abuser. Further, it leads to loss of co-ordination between the brain and the limbs.
• Low motivation
Marijuana leads to depression in the person and they do not like to participate in activities that could bring rewards. The person has unreasonable fear, and has low motivation to pursue the normal course of activities.
Marijuana if consumed regularly, the person becomes addicted to it. Research shows that nine per cent of users get addicted to the drug. This number is higher in young starter’s percent in daily users.
The addictive effect of this drug is because of the THC component in it, which makes the brain less receptive to the drug with each passing day. As a result, the person has to use more of it to get similar effect, and therefore gets addicted to the drug in the long run.
• Risk of bronchitis
Prolonged use of marijuana may cause respiratory issues and increase the risk of bronchitis. The chemicals produced, as a result of combustion while smoking, get deposited in the lungs and this leads to bronchitis condition.
Marijuana is one of the most harmful substances that causes addiction and affects the most productive and formative periods of people. It is, therefore, sensible to stay away from this drug.