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    Is weed really that bad?

    Have you ever heard of marijuana? You might know it by other names like weed, pot, dope, or grass. It all comes from the cannabis plant. People consume it in various ways—smoking, vaping, drinking, or eating it. Lots of folks use marijuana to unwind and have a good time.

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    But here’s the thing: marijuana has mind-altering compounds that can affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive and might not be great for everyone’s health. But this is not an article written to bash weed, we’re simply sharing information.

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    Here’s a rundown of what can happen when you use marijuana:

    First off, you can get ‘high.’ This is usually why people try marijuana in the first place. The main psychoactive compound in marijuana is THC, which stimulates the pleasure centers in your brain, giving you a relaxed and euphoric feeling. Depending on how you consume it, the effects can kick in within seconds to minutes and might last 1-3 hours.

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    But not everyone has a pleasant experience with marijuana. It can leave some people feeling anxious, afraid, or paranoid. Using marijuana might even raise your chances of clinical depression or worsen existing mental health issues.

    In high doses, marijuana can cause psychosis, where you might lose touch with reality, experiencing hallucinations or strange thoughts. This can be more common if you start using marijuana at a young age or use it heavily *cough cough, Snoop Dogg*

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    Marijuana can also mess with your thinking, making your senses sharper, distorting your sense of time, and impairing your motor skills.

    And here’s a sobering fact: about 1 in 10 people who use marijuana can become addicted. This means they can’t stop using it even if it starts affecting their relationships, school, job, health, or finances.

    So, while marijuana or weed can be enjoyable, it’s important to understand its potential risks and use it responsibly.

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