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Marijuana | Montcalm Prevention Collaborative

Marijuana Work Team

This work team educates the public on the dangers of marijuana. If you would like to become involved in this effort, please contact Phil Millerov, Coalition Coordinator at coordinator@montcalmprevention.org or by calling 989-289-0527.

What is marijuana?

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. The main mind-altering ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), but more than 400 other chemicals also are in the plant. The amount of THC in marijuana, along with the type of plant, the weather, the soil, the time of harvest, and other factors determines how strong its effects will be.  

Today’s marijuana is as much as 10 times stronger than the marijuana used in the early 1970s. This more potent marijuana increases physical and mental effects and the possibility of health problems for the user.

Pot can be purchased in almost any neighborhood in any city or state in the country. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to get, and easy to conceal. It’s no surprise that it has become widely popular with adolescents and young adults. 

According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey of U.S. Secondary School Students,One in every fifteen high school seniors today is smoking pot on a daily or near daily basis “And that’s the highest rate that we have seen over the past thirty years—since 1981.”

Warning signs that someone might be using marijuana
  • Lack of motivation or ambition for activities that once excited the user.
  • Performance in school or in the workplace may begin to suffer.
  • Withdrawal from the family.
  • Drastic change in peer group.
  • Personal hygiene may begin to suffer as he or she is less concerned with their public appearance.
  • Depression: An addict will have a flat affect and mood; he or she will appear lazy and day-to-day functioning will start to deteriorate on every major life level.
Physical Signs of Use:
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Slowed speech or reactions
  • Averting eye contact or an unsteady gaze
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite, or “the munchies”

These effects are reduced after three or four hours. However, marijuana stays in your system for as long as 24 hours. The lingering effects mean you’re impaired for several hours after the high wears off.