Marijuana lecture

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Unformatted text preview: ired tracking ability - marijuana can act as a stimulant or depressant, - temporary disruption of the secretion of testosterone SHORT TERM EFFECTS Mental Mild to moderate dose: - confused and separated from the environment - feeling of deja vu - drowsiness - feelings of detachment and being aloof - difficulty in concentrating - disrupts short-term memory Strong dose: - stimulation, giddiness, distortions of color/time/sound Very strong dose: - feelings of movement, visual hallucinations and hallucinations Mental effects dependent on set, setting, and experience - can exaggerate mood, personality, empathy or suggestibility LONG TERM EFFECTS - learning and emotional maturation: disrupts concentration slow learning (state dependency) interferes with short-term memory "Amotivational syndrome“ “the mirror that magnifies” – can exaggerate natural tendencies in the user - primitive brain takes over – “don’t have to do things/don’t bother doing it” (Inaba, 2005) - acute mental problems: long-term and lasting problems rare BUT, can trigger pre-existing problems “post hallucinogenic drug perceptual disorder” AmoLvaLonal Syndrome •  Liale scienLfic evidence for the existence of this •  Tolerance to marijuana was supposed to be a manifestaLon of desensiLzaLon of brain cells, desensiLzaLon of brain cells was supposed to create an amoLvaLonal syndrome characterized by apathy and inacLvity. •  The hypothesis was that this desensiLzaLon would impede normal brain operaLons and render individuals somewhat sluggish and unmoLvated...
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