Anatomy of Getting High: Effects of Cannabis on the Body [Infographic]

Remember the This Is Your Brain on Drugs PSA that showed an egg frying in a pan with a voice saying, “This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” This anti-drug campaign relied on scare tactics, rather than education to help us understand what actually happens to our brains and other parts of our bodies when we consume various drugs, including cannabis. 

So, is cannabis bad for your brain? Science is mixed on the answer to that. Some studies have shown that long-term use can impair the brain, depending on how long a person has used it. Other studies show no conclusive evidence of the negative longterm effects. 

We explore the effects of cannabis on the brain and the rest of the body in our infographic, “The Anatomy of Getting High.” Learn how cannabis affects the body, from the mouth and lungs, as it enters the body and its chemicals travel through the major systems of your body, to your muscles and joints. Armed with this information, you can have a safer and more enjoyable experience when you use cannabis.

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