Marijuana in your System

Marijuana stays in your system for different amounts of time depending on how often you smoke it, how much you smoke, and the makeup of the individual (weight/height/etc). If smoke it occasionally it will remain in your system for up to 10 days. If you smoke marihuana on a regular basis it will stay in your system for as long as 30 days. Marijuana is fat soluble. It stores in the fat cells of the body, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, in other words the major organs.

Marijuana affects many areas of the users system, such as the lungs. Individuals who smoke marijuana regularly for a long time find that they are more susceptible to contracting chronic bronchitis or pneumonia than those who do not smoke. It affects the brain as well by clouding the brain and making it hard for the cells there to send messages to each other. Marijuana also makes it hard for messages to travel from the brain to the rest of the body. The area of the brain most harmed by marijuana is the hppocampus, the short-term memory area.

Marijuana also affects your immune system. This is the system that keeps the body free from harmful things. When users smoke marijuana on a regular basis their immune system becomes weaker, loosing the ability to stop allergies, pollens, bacteria, or viruses from making the body sick.

Marijuana Facts

THC suppresses the neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivation.

People who smoke marijuana often develop the same kinds of breathing problems that cigarette smokers have: coughing and wheezing. They tend to have more chest colds than nonusers. They are also at greater risk of getting lung infections like pneumonia.

Researchers report that marijuana cigarettes release five times as much carbon monoxide into the bloodstream and three times as much tar into the lungs of smokers as tobacco cigarettes.

Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a "joint").

In 1995, 165,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of addiction, showing they need help to stop using the drug.

Females who use marijuana, over time, increase their levels of testosterone which can result in increased facial hair and acne, and may adversely affect reproductive functioning in women.

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