Marijuana is a name given to the plant Cannabis Sativa when used as a drug. The main active chemical is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which moves quickly through the bloodstream to the brain and other organs. (NIDA)
Professional and Academic Risks
Having a drug conviction on your record can impact your academic and professional careers! Drug convictions may affect your financial aid and disqualify you for scholarships. Not only that, but many schools will kick you out if you receive a drug conviction!
Drug convictions can also have a large effect on your professional career: you may find it difficult to find government jobs, jobs selling controlled substances (pharmaceuticals), and jobs requiring licenses (transportation, medical, legal etc).
Missouri has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country!
|35g or less||Misdemeanor
Max 1 year prison
|35g or less||Felony
Max 7 years in prison
Max 7 years in prison
5-15 years in prison
Marijuana is often thought to be a harmless drug but it actually has many negative effects on users’ body and life!
Marijuana increases your heart rate and blood pressure! In the first hour after smoking you’re 4.8x more likely to have a heart attack! It can also increase your risk of lung infections and lower your body’s resistance to common illnesses!
Marijuana can impair your memory and ability to learn new things. Your ability to problem-solve and retain information can also be greatly reduced.
Using marijuana can result in mood and personality changes and can distort your perceptions of reality (sights, sounds, time, and touch).
Not only can Marijuana decrease sex drive, it also can lower sperm production in men and cause irregular menstrual cycles in women.
Though many use marijuana as a sleep aid, some studies report that marijuana actually throws off your sleep cycle! It also increases next day daytime sleepiness, anxiety, irritability, fatigue and jumpiness.
While there is no official evidence, many report a decrease in motivation when using marijuana.
Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction and dependence.
- Marijuana contains THC which is an addictive chemical
- 9% of users become addicted
- 17% of users that start smoking at a young age become addicted
- 25-50% of daily users become addicted
Marijuana addiction, like any kind of addiction, can be tough to battle on your own. If you are looking to quit using marijuana, consult a medical doctor or your campus health or counseling services. If you would like to talk to someone or find a local treatment facility, call 1-800-662-HELP.
Two-three weeks after discontinued use, some users will face the withdrawal.
- Loss of Appetite
- Get moving! Any serious physical activity can boost your spirits and clear your head.
- Undo the Dew! A junk-food-free diet can decrease any blues that can come from quitting marijuana use.
- Relax! Take it easy. Try a new activity or practice a skill that you’ve let slide for a while.
of Missouri college students,
88% believe the typical student uses marijuana
76% do not use marijuana