How Marijuana Affects School, Work, and Social Life – Not Quite What You May Think!

Marijuana use has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a persons existing problems worse. Many think that marijuana is a harmless drug that has little or no harmful results for the average person. If this is what you think, you should think again! Marijuana compromises the ability to learn and remember information, lasting for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. This can greatly affect your work and social life.

Every exposure is a risk. Babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies display altered responses to visual stimuli, increased tremulousness, and a high-pitched cry, which may indicate problems with neurological development. Marijuana-exposed preschool children have been observed to perform tasks involving sustained attention and memory more poorly than non-exposed children do. In the school years, these children are more likely to exhibit deficits in problem-solving skills, memory, and the ability to remain attentive. Students who smoke marijuana get lower grades and are less likely to graduate from high school compared with their nonsmoking peers. Workers who smoke marijuana are more likely than their coworkers to have problems on the job. Several studies have associated workers who smoke marijuana with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers compensation claims, and job turnover.

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Marijuana users themselves report poor outcomes on a variety of life satisfaction and achievement. When asked how marijuana affected their cognitive abilities, career achievements, social lives, and physical and mental health, the overwhelming majority of heavy cannabis users reported the drugs deleterious effects on all areas of life.

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by Steve Sandlin