The Menacing Effects of Marijuana Essay
The intake of marijuana can have several different effects.
The user may experience a feeling of euphoria, increased laughter or happiness, as well as a relaxed passive mood. The user may experience difficulties with short-term memory, attention span may be decreased, and senses may be distracted. Many users also report losing track of time, experiencing paranoia and anxiety, and having hallucinations. Their eyes may become bloodshot because of the dilation of blood vessels in the eye whites. However, as opposed to popular belief, pupils do not become dilated. Accurate measurements of pupil diameter after smoking marijuana have actually shown that there is a slight decrease in …show more content…
This affect on memory has been known to last for days or weeks past the drug's initial effect.
In a study of 129 college students, researchers found that heavy users of marijuana (people that had smoked at least 27 of the last 30 days) experienced critical attention, memory, and learning skill impairments (Pope, Yurgelun, 1996). All participants had not smoked for at least 24 hours prior to the study. These same users had difficulties sustaining and shifting their attention, organizing, and using information than did the participants that had used marijuana no more than 3 of the previous 30 days. This suggests that individuals who smoke marijuana every day may function at a reduced intellectual level all of the time.
More recently, the same researchers showed that the ability of a