As most of you already know marijuana is the most commonly used drug illegal drug in the world.It has recently become legal in a couple states. People can make the argument that marijuana does not have any negative effects, but they are wrong. Becoming addicted to marijuana is easy. All it takes is one time. All the kids think that it’s all about being cool and fitting in with the popular kids if you try it, but they don’t know what it could do to their bodies. No onereally thinks about the consequences until later on. It turns into the only thing that you think about. You begin to start being late to school, neglecting family and social obligations, losing your job, and before you know it you have become addicted. Studies say that at some point you will build up a tolerance to it, and you will not get high anymore. Kids get really addicted to it at a young age and once you become addicted it can be very hard to quit

There are a lot of negative physical and emotional effects to smoking marijuana regularly. Once addicted you go through many mood swings, become paranoid and anxious for no reason at all. You start to lose motivation in all the things that used to be important to you. You start to drift away from old friends, and family, just to replace them with fellow addicts that will only bring you down. You start to get into trouble, causing fights over drugs, and getting into trouble with the police.Marijuana addiction can be clinically diagnosed and has a negative impact on the person’s life.When an individual uses marijuana, cannabinoid receptors in the brain are activated by a neurotransmitter called Anandamide. THC mimics and blocks the actions natural neurotransmitters like Anandamide, to the point where the body no longer produces sufficient Anandamide on its own. The user’s brain gets reprogrammed to need marijuana just to feel normal. When the user stops bringing more THC into the body, they often experience withdrawal symptoms because of the resulting lack of Anandamide. Wanting to quit using marijuana, but being unable to do so, is a strong indication of an addiction.

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Beyond The Bell’s focus is on the health and safety of young people ages 9-20 and their parents.  Beyond The Bell provides LifeSkills training and other programs to ensure youth live happy and safe lives and use the tools we provide to enjoy activities that exclude alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs.   

We use evidence-based strategies to build skills and support the needs of young people and thus reduce barriers to their success.

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