- In the first half (approximately 3 pages), describe and summarize the book, much as a book review in the Sunday New York Times tries to tell readers — most of whom have not read the book and probably never will — what a given book is all about. What are the major themes and conclusions of the book? Where is the author coming from?
- The second part of your paper (and please make it clear where you are starting Part II) should describe your critical reactions to the book. Here each high school student has a lot of flexibility, but examples of questions the student might discuss include: What did the author get right (if anything), and what did he/she get wrong (if anything)? Did the book remind you of any events in your own life or of other issues that we discussed in class? What do you feel were the most thought-provoking points in the book?
A longitudinal study in New Zealand found that persistent marijuana users starting in their adolescence associated with an average loss of 6 to 8 IQ points. Even users who quit in their adulthood after using marijuana heavily as an adolescent could not recover the IQ points that had been lost. On the other hand people who began using marijuana heavily over the age of 25 did not lose IQ points. The areas affected were verbal ability and general knowledge from preteen years. This further proves that marijuana has a much more substantial effect on an adolescent’s growing brain. People who consume marijuana on a regular basis have increased chances of having mental health disorders later in life than those who don’t. While the causal link is not firmly established, depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse disorder are among the most common effects observed in long-term users. Recent research has found that people who use marijuana and carry a specific variant of the AKT1 gene are at an increased risk of developing psychosis. The AKT1 gene codes for an enzyme that affects dopamine signaling in the striatum, which is an area of the brain that becomes flooded with dopamine when certain stimuli are present. One study has found that people with this gene had a 7 times more likely chance of developing psychosis when smoking, than those who infrequently smoked. Marijuana use has also been shown to worsen the course of illness for someone who suffers from schizophrenia. Also, it is known to produce an acute psychotic reaction in non-schizophrenic people who consume marijuana, although this usually goes away as the drug wears off. Marijuana smoke contains a number of harmful chemicals that lead up to damage of the bronchial passages and the lungs. Regular smokers are more likely to have persistent coughs, trouble breathing, and produce excess mucus from their throats. The Journal of Internal medicine has stated that smoking marijuana “has some significant similarities to that of tobacco smoking.” Consuming marijuana can increase the heart rate by almost 50 bpm, which can last for over three hours. This overworks the heart and can eventually lead to heart attacks. Research from the Journal of the American stated that regular marijuana use can not only lead to a higher risk of a heart attack, but cause issues such as heart rhythm disorders and strokes, even in younger people who are not>GET ANSWER