marijuana and the heart

Weed, not the remedy.

Ray Lozano

I’m going to talk about something that’s as controversial as pineapple on pizza (seriously, why?). We’re diving into the hazy world of marijuana, and I promise it won’t be as boring as walking the dog. So, grab your favorite snacks (my snack is cool ranch Doritos) and let’s talk about the ganja!

First things first, you might have heard about marijuana being as harmless as a kitten napping in the sun. Well, it’s time to debunk that myth. I did some serious reading, not as exciting as a superhero comic but close, and found two websites that spill the beans on how marijuana can mess with your brain and heart. Check out these gems: Scitech Daily and the CDC.

Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal, man? It’s just a plant!” Well, guess what? Poison ivy is a plant too, and you wouldn’t roll that into a joint, would you? The truth is, marijuana can be a real troublemaker when it comes to your health.

Let’s talk about your brain. You know that thing you use to binge-watch your favorite Netflix series? Marijuana can mess with it. According to Scitech Daily, marijuana use can affect your brain’s development, especially in your teen years. It’s like watching an action movie on TV and someone keeps changing the channel – your brain doesn’t get to develop the way it should.

I get it; it can be tempting to try it because your favorite rappers or actors make it look cool. But remember, real life isn’t like the movies. Marijuana might make you feel good for a little while, but it can also mess with your memory and decision-making skills. You don’t want to be that person who forgot their own birthday or made questionable life choices because they were too “chill.”

And now, onto the heart – the organ responsible for keeping you alive. Scitech Daily has some shocking info about marijuana’s impact on your ticker. It can lead to heart problems, and I’m not talking about those butterflies when you have a crush. We’re talking about real health issues like an increased heart rate and higher risk of heart attacks, especially if you have underlying heart conditions.

Now, I know you might be thinking, “Okay, that’s the serious stuff, but what about the fun part?” Well, remember, I’m all about mixing humor with important info, so here’s a joke for you: “Caveman discovers weed. Caveman discovers fire. Stone age begins.” See, you can have a laugh even while discussing serious topics!

So, I’m incorporating this new knowledge into my presentations. You’ll get all the facts with a side of laughs, and who knows, maybe I’ll crack a few more jokes to cushion the serious news. But the message is crystal clear – marijuana isn’t as harmless as it might seem. It can mess with your brain and heart, and you don’t want that, do you?

Remember, high school is all about learning, exploring, and having fun. But it’s also about making smart choices that will set students up for success in the future. So, the next time someone offers them a puff, hopefully they will remember: “I’d rather not risk my brain and heart for a momentary high.”

Stay safe, stay smart, and stay awesome, high schoolers! And remember, if you ever need someone to talk to about this or anything else, look for an adult you trust at your school. Let’s help students make those high school years memorable for all the right reasons.


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Stay safe, stay informed; take care of yourselves and each other!