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MARIJUANA (p.5)

8. Pharmacological Effects (cont.)

amotivational syndrome” seen in heavy chronic MJ users may really be depression…

Cardiovascular effects: increased BP & HR, peripheral vasodilation --- decrease in BT

no lethal/dangerous effects usually, TI = 1000

Pulmonary effects: no risk of respiratory depression increased risk of lung damage if MJ smoked MJ has tars/carcinogens > tars/carc. in tobacco! bronchial irritation & inflammation (& dilation) thus, despite dilation, is overall not helpful for asthma when inhaled

Immune System effects: immunosuppression (as also do other sed-hypns) inhibit in particular NKCs (tumor-killing cells)

Reproductive System effects: in males --- decreased testosterone & sperm in females --- decreased FSH, LH, & ovulation decreased fetal growth/maturation (mild effect) may decrease executive (frontal) functioning in child (4 yrs +) if child was exposed prenatally (poor planning, organizing, impulse control)

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