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Marijuana and cocaine are two illegal drugs that are the most commonly used today among young adults.  Marijuana affects the immune system and may cause chromosomal damage.  It may affect pregnancy and fetal development.  But we see most commonly the psychiatric effects, e.g., chronic schizophrenia and acute paranoid states.  Furthermore, marijuana induces violent episodes, lack of motivation, residual movement/coordination problems, and even brain damage.  There are other effects such as lung, heart and eye damage, as well as endocrine (glandular) problems.

Although marijuana can be used to alleviate pain in cancer patients as well as to control insomnia, hypertension, migraine, bronchial asthma, appetite, and alcoholism,  it can be replaced by other medications that are just as beneficial.  The most frightening aspect of marijuana is to see the long-term, psychiatric damage.  People who are in the same room with smokers of marijuana can absorb it into their blood system, a process which can be dangerous to their health.

Cocaine is a nervous system stimulant that increases heart rate, blood pressure, and can induce seizures, arrhythmia, heart attacks, and angina.  It is an amphetamine?like drug which often causes schizophrenia.  Cocaine addiction is marked by paranoia and seizures which can be treated by Haldol and Valium.  Interestingly enough, the Fair Oaks hospital staff and other medical doctors have been treating cocaine abusers with L-tyrosine and possibly tryptophan.

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