Is Marijuana Legal?
For the full list of legal rules for marijuana usage please refer to these Michigan Laws. This website goes over the possession of marijuana for personal use, the sale or distribution of marijuana, the cultivation of marijuana, the hash & concentrates of marijuana, the paraphernalia of marijuana and other miscellaneous marijuana regulations.
Federally illegal drugs are defined by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and any amendments to that act. All forms of cannabis are federally illegal, including medical marijuana. Under CSA, marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in any form, including without limitation tinctures, edibles and tropicals, are classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools Act, the possession, use, manufacture, and/or distribution of any federally illegal drug on University property is strictly prohibited.
Marijuana Facts and Myths
For more information on Marijuana Facts please visit CSU Health Network's Website.
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Marijuana is safe because it is 100% natural
Just because marijuana is natural does NOT mean that it is safe or healthy for you. While it is still unknown whether or not it can cause lung cancer or other related issues like tobacco can, there are other health risks to consider; it interferes with your thinking and memory, it can lower your IQ if smoked regularly during formative years.
When adolescents use marijuana, the white matter of their brains can undergo changes that are similar to the brains of those with schizophrenia. Because of this, the consistent use of marijuana leads to a higher likelihood of becoming psychotic or developing schizophrenia later on.
When using marijuana there is a higher likelihood of increased risk of lung problems.
Marijuana primarily helps with increased academic performance
Memory function has been the most consistently impaired cognitive domain affected by cannabis.
The most extensive evidence for impairment is in verbal learning and memory. Verbal learning and memory tasks have been identified as particularly sensitive to the acute and chronic effects of marijuana usage. This impairment can be particularly seen in chronic users, but an occasion is seen in occasional users as well.
Impaired attention has been seen as a hallmark to the effects of chronic marijuana use. Impairment has remained even when the user hasn't used in 30 days. Researchers formed the opinion based on this that marijuana-related attention impairment may reflect residual effects that wear off gradually as the drug is cleared from the system
Marijuana use frequency predicted skipping class, which in turn predicted GPA, which in turn predicted time to graduation. Over time, marijuana use was inversely associated with GPA .
Negatively impacts academics by causing lower GPAs and higher dropout rates
Marijuana only positively impacts mental health
Marijuana may lead to healthy coping skills for mental health for things like stress, anxiety, and depression.
HOWEVER, it may later lead to schizophrenia and may cause depression and anxiety later on.
Marijuana positively impacts driving
Marijuana significantly reduces reaction time and psychomotor functioning.
It is not risky to mix marijuana with certain substances (cross-fading)
NO there are a lot of risks of using marijuana in conjunction with alcohol.
Cross-fading can be highly dangerous. It occurs when you are drunk and stoned.
It often occurs when people are trying to enhance the drug first used, increase their intoxication, or are no longer making rational decisions due to the effects of the first drug
In conjunction with alcohol - it can produce different effects on the body. Alcohol is a nervous system depressant that profoundly affects motor skills while marijuana is a psychoactive drug that is mood-altering and has primarily cognitive effects .
There are no side effects if you consume too much marijuana (greening out)
Greening out is when your cannabinoid receptors are overloaded from THC. It is a temporary overdose of marijuana (not fatal)
Some side effects include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Rapid heartbeat
- Upset stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of coordination
- Decreased verbal skills
Marijuana does not impact a person's brain development
Marijuana affects brain development, which studies have shown is up to 25 years of age.
Marijuana does not have any impact on lung function
When using marijuana there is a higher likelihood of catching bronchitis. It also produces more phlegm which can lead to worsening lung problems.
Marijuana only improves sleep
Marijuana can cause people to have deeper sleeps
You cannot become addicted to Marijuana
Marijuana overuse side effects are minimal to none.
However, there are a variety of common negative side effects, which include:
You need to ensure you are tracking the intake of edibles you are consuming and doing it safely. To do this make sure you are looking at the dosage (mg) on the package. Also give yourself at least 60 minutes before taking more - timing between each intake is VERY important.
You cannot become addicted to marijuana and therefore there are no withdrawal symptoms of marijuana
More often people can become dependent on the drug for its effects on their mood.
It becomes and ADDICTION when the person cannot stop using the drug even as it affects different aspects of their lives .
Marijuana can produce a variety of withdrawal symptoms, which include:
- Restlessness, irritability and sleep issues
- Sudden changes in use can also lead to a loss of appetite and cause heavy weight loss
An edible is the vaping form of smoking marijuana
Dabbing or a dab pen is the vaping form of smoking marijuana.
I drive better while under the influence of marijuana
Marijuana use impairs driving.
It doubles a driver's risk of an accident. Use with alcohol also increases risk .
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