A review of 48 relevant studies found marijuana use to be associated with reduced educational attainment, like reduced chances of graduating high school.
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN "EVERYDAY LIFESTYLE"
Daily things that consist of your own personal lifestyle such as school and academic achievement, working and keeping a job, exercising, hobbies and activities you participate in, or playing sports.
The effects of using marijuana include losing interest in health, life, school activities, old friends and goals. Marijuana creates a lowered awareness that tends to prevent a user from seeing the negative effects it is having on their life.
MARIJUANA USE AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES
Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don’t use.
Marijuana may hurt the developing teen brain. The teen brain is still developing and it is especially vulnerable to drug use. Regular heavy marijuana use by teens can lead to an IQ drop of up to 8 points.
Marijuana use is linked to poorer grades. A teen with a "D" average is four times more likely to have used marijuana than a teen with an "A" average.
HOW DOES MARIJUANA AFFECT WORK PERFORMANCE?
The effects of marijuana can last from two to six hours. These side effects may make it hazardous to use marijuana at work, particularly if a person is operating heavy machinery or driving a vehicle. There is also a greater risk of an accident occurring due to the poor performance of even simple manual tasks. Regular marijuana users may start to exhibit signs of loss of energy and interest in their tasks, causing their performance to suffer. They may also find it difficult to learn new work skills.
Because of marijuana’s high solubility in body fat, this drug can be detected for as long as two to four weeks by current drug testing methods, making it harder to pass a drug test to get a job.
Studies have suggested specific links between marijuana use and adverse consequences in the workplace, such as increased risk for injury or accidents.
HOW CAN MARIJUANA AFFECT PLAYING SPORTS OR EXERCISING?
Not only does marijuana disturb the cardiac system, it also impacts an athlete’s steadiness, reaction speed and psychomotor performance. All of these can cause problems with coordination that can severely impair athletic performance, especially in sports such as tennis, baseball and golf that require fine motor skills and hitting precision. Marijuana’s effects on athletic performance are not strictly physical: it can also cause decreased motivation in practices, workouts and competitions. Marijuana-produced deficits in attention and executive functioning can cause difficulty with making quick decisions, such as where to throw a ball or whether to take a shot on goal. Memory can also be impaired, potentially affecting the ability to remember plays or techniques.
Marijuana is on the list of prohibited substances in sports. According to ESPN, the use of marijuana is banned by the NCAA and various national governing bodies. This means that an athlete who is caught using marijuana, can be subject to negative personal and legal consequences. Click here to view the 10 most common health side effects of using marijuana.
Marijuana use can result in reduced sport performance through slowed reaction time, problems with motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, and perceptual accuracy. These effects can last for 24-36 hours after smoking.
HOW CAN MARIJUANA AFFECT RELATIONSHIPS WITH
FRIENDS AND FAMILY?
Marijuana can make a person relaxed so they think that it is making relationships with family and friends better. It can also lead to a loss of desire to see friends and family. This can cause worry in your relationships and people may start getting annoyed with the user. Marijuana users might begin having arguments with parents, siblings, friends or a partner about being high. In addition, using marijuana can cause a person to over analyze small things; spending hours agonizing about what people have said or how they acted, making the user feel sad or angry.
Click here to learn what a recovering marijuana addict has to say about how marijuana use impacted relationships in his life.
If you suspect someone close to you may be showing signs of marijuana abuse or dependence, seek help.
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