This campaign directly applies to young people as there is a youth as the main focus in the picture. This picture shows that “All those years of training can soon be wiped out by the lifestyle associated with marijuana smoking.” By this, the campaign is stating that teenagers that participate in sports (such as netball, swimming, athletics, soccer, rugby etc) will quickly lose fitness, speed, skill and reaction time, as well as lack of interest for sport in general. This campaign is a visual presentation that “Smoking Marijuana Wastes Potential.” This potential can refer to sport, like swimming, but it can also refer to school work, leadership positions at school, relationships, employment, body image etc. Drugs ruin young people’s futures “and the damage to your lungs won’t help either.” Marijuana can force a person to stop playing sport or participate in normal daily acts because of the serious health implications and consequences. Thus, changing a cannabis consumer’s physical appearance which may lead to other social and mental problems. Not only does marijuana have serious health problems, but also social problems which are evident in this campaign. It shows that you can go from having a whole team or group of friends or supporters behind you, to finding yourself alone with no one just because of using drugs. As seen in the face of this young person, marijuana manipulates the mental health of a drug user. Young people can go from being a friendly, active, bubbly person, to an uninteresting, moody loser. Therefore, this campaign is effective in showing a young person the consequences of doing drugs, especially at such a prime, youthful time of life.
“Marijuana. What a Waste.” A waste of young potential. A waste of relationships. A waste of money. A waste of time.
Marijuana (cannabis) is an illegal drug that primarily comes from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). The cannabis plant is also used to produce hashish (hash) and hash oil. It’s most common form is dried leaves that are green to brown. A number of different names can be used instead of cannabis, some of these include; marijuana, grass, pot, dope, mull, hooch, purps, weed and yarndi. Cannabis is the most common illicit drug used by Australian youths, but there are many damaging health effects linked to cannabis use, especially if you start using it when you are under 18 or use it regularly or over a long period of time. If you have a personal or family history of mental illness, cannabis use can trigger problems or make your symptoms worse. Most young people think that experimenting with cannabis will have little to no effect on their mental and physical health, however, regardless of the potential weed has to seriously damage a person health, the use of cannabis is illegal and will lead to criminal convictions or charges.
There are several long and short term effects of cannabis, many related consequences and the issue of drug addiction. Depending on the amount of cannabis consumed by a person, the size, age and physical/mental health of a person, these effects vary.
Cannabis can be taken in 4 main ways; joints, bongs, pipes or eating/drinking. A joint is rolling and making your own cannabis cigarette using paper, a bong is a pipe with a water filtration system used for smoking marijuana, people consume cannabis through tea or ‘hash brownies’ and a pipe is used similarly to a bong.
Short and Long Term Effects
Cannabis use can result in a range of immediate and long term health effects, social, legal and financial consequences. These damages vary according to the consumer, the situation in which marijuana is taken, the quantity used, the way it is used and whether it is used with other drugs (polydrug use).
Short term effects of cannabis are immediate as it instantly affects the central nervous system by slowing down messages between the body and brain, thus acting as a depressant. The main effect of smoking