Alternative names for marijuana:
Pot, purple, weed, trees, blaze, bud, hays, etc.
The main ingredient:
THC (delta -9 Tetrahydrocannibol) acts as a stimulant to the brain. Once inhaled, the heart rate increases, as the bronchial passages relax and become enlarged while the blood vessels in the eyes expand, resulting in red eyes.
Why People May Use Marijuana
- Medical purposes: cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, AIDS
- Relax/Stress relief
- Gain appetite
- Social connection or making new connections
- Coping mechanism
- Enhanced/Alter perception and sensation
- Self-medicate for mental health issues
Impact of Use
- Decreased motivation
- Poorer academic performance
- Tardiness and/or absenteeism
- Difficulty retaining information, forgetfulness
- Poor memory
- Relationship problems
- Financial problems
- Arguments with family & friends
- Difficulty coping with stress
- Potential for depression & anxiety
- Next to alcohol, marijuana is a the second most common substance found in bodies of drivers involved in fatal accidents.
- Changes in brain chemistry
- Respiratory illnesses (chronic cough, phlegm, bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung infections)
- Has been recently associated with testicular cancer especially with men who began using at an early age with high frequency
- Compromised immune system
- Can lead to unwanted or unprotected sex
- You can show a positive drug test for quite a while (even months) after use
- Can become addictive or lead to addiction
Academic and Legal Consequences
- University Judicial sanctions leading to suspension or expulsion
- Breaking your University Housing contract leading to possible eviction
- Medical marijuana cards are not recognized on campus due to federal regulation
- Marijuana is illegal, which may lead to misdemeanor or felony charges
- Fines and possible imprisonment depending on the number of convictions and the amount in possession.
- Possible loss of federally funded financial aid
Make an appointment with a CEASE counselor if you’d like to discuss the impact that marijuana is having on your life and explore possible alternatives at 338-2208.
Take eToke, an anonymous online marijuana assessment to learn more about your use.
Download 2004 NIDA report on Marijuana.