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E-mail: counselor@csmd.edu


LA PLATA CAMPUS

Ann Penick, MA, LCPC, NCC
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205
Phone: 301-934-7577
Email:  APenick@csmd.edu


LEONARDTOWN CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building A, Room 204E
Phone: 240-725-5328
Email:  jfossell@csmd.edu


PRINCE FREDERICK CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building B, Room 109B
Phone: 443-550-6169
Email: jfossell@csmd.edu

The following information comes from the University of Buffalo, New York Wellness Education Services and used here with permission.

Marijuana or “weed” is a psychoactive drug which is usually smoked/vaped, but can also be mixed with food. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

How does marijuana affect the brain? THC interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and causes a reaction that leads to the “high” feeling that marijuana users experience. Some areas of the brain have multiple cannabinoid receptors while others have few or none. The highest amount of cannabinoid receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory perception, and coordinated movement. These are the areas of the brain most affected by marijuana, both favorably and unfavorably.

Marijuana is not as harmful to my health as tobacco or alcohol, right? Although you cannot overdose on marijuana, there are still many negative effects on health that a person needs to think about, such as:

  • Irritates the lungs causing redness, coughing, mucous and a heightened risk of lung infections
  • Increases heart rate by 20-100% after smoking due to the heart adjusting to the high carbon dioxide levels
  • Causes overeating since studies show a 40% increase in calorie consumption during use
  • Reduces the functioning of the senses, though users report they feel more enhanced

Can marijuana affect my academic performance in college? Yes, regular, sustained use influences academic performance in the following ways:

  • Impairs short-term memory
  • Diminishes attention to detail and ability to focus on goals
  • Causes concentration problems
  • Processing information accurately is also reduced with heavier use

Can you get addicted to marijuana? Long-term, heavy use can lead to addiction, which is defined as drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects on functioning within family, school, work, and recreational activities.

What is synthetic marijuana? This is marijuana, where, in addition to the THC ingredient, synthetics are added. Synthetic marijuana is very dangerous (as well as illegal) and has resulted in very risky behavior and even death among some of its users.