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THC (Marijuana) changes the way in which sensory information gets into, and is acted on, by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. THC suppresses neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus. Researchers have discovered that learned behaviors also deteriorate.

Marijuana smokers have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have, such as a daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to smoke marijuana can lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissue injured or destroyed by marijuana smoke. Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers. This may be due to marijuana users inhaling more deeply and holding the smoke in the lungs.

Can you get addicted to marijuana?  Dont be fooled. Research shows that marijuana use can lead to addiction. Each year, more kids enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.

*Parents sometimes ask: We did marijuana in the 70’s and quit – what’s the problem?  The problem is the increased THC levels in it today!