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FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS Marijuana raises heart rate by 20-100 percent shortly after smok- ing; this effect can last up to 3 hours. In one study, it was estimated that marijuana users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug. This may be due to increased heart rate as well as the effects of marijuana on heart rhythms, causing palpitations and arrhythmias. This risk may be greater in older individuals or in those with cardiac vulnerabilities. heart rate is elevated 20-100% Contrary to common belief, marijuana is addictive. Estimates from research suggest that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana; this number increases among those who start young (to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6) and among daily users (to 25-50 percent). Thus, many of the nearly 7 percent of high-school seniors who (according to annual survey data) report smoking marijuana daily or allmost daily are well on their way to addiction, if not already addicted (besides functioning at a sub-optimal level all of the time). 9% of cannabis users become addicted. p 10% e C y 8% 4% 1960s* 2000s *In the 1960s there was a surge in the usage or marijuana that accompanied the historically prominent Haight-Ásbury movement in Šan Francisco. The summer of 1967, known as the Summer of Love, created the permanent link between pas- sive protest, hippies, and smoking pot. These people believed that the world could be changed through peace, love, unity and respect. They tied these ideals to the "high" created when smoking.


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