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Marijuana And Teenagers

Facts about marijuana and its health risks.

What is marijuana? Marijuana is a plant that grows naturally or can be cultivated on farms or in greenhouses. The leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant are dried and smoked as a cigarette or in pipes. The leaves can also be baked in brownies and other edible products.

Marijuana produces a chemical known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that produces a psychological effect on the nerve cells leading to the part of the brain where memories are formed. It can be used for its medicinal values or for recreational uses.

What is Tetrahydrocannabinol? Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, is the chemical found in marijuana that is responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects on the brain. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body but is much more potent.

The possible long term effects of marijuana usage is a concern for mental health advocates. Although the use of marijuana dates back many centuries and is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the world today, the long and short term psychological effects are still being studied.

Some things are known for sure about the effects of marijuana. In some cases, THC causes schizophrenic symptoms, impairs motor skills, causes memory loss, and some reports suggest that marijuana can cause a decrease in IQ and cognitive skills. Extended use of marijuana may cause anxiety, depression, and mental illness. It can have an effect on your judgment and cause of lack of self motivation.

Not only are there psychological effects, there are also physiological effects as well. Marijuana contain over 400 known chemicals and at least 4 times as much cancer causing tar as filtered cigarettes. It also inhibits the body's ability to fight off certain infections such as pneumonia, flu symptoms, and other illnesses.

As with all drugs, the user of marijuana can become addicted to it, and not just to marijuana, but it can lead to the use of other more addictive drugs. Some people add cocaine, PCP, and other harder drugs to marijuana to enhance the feel of euphoria. Teenagers and young adults who smoke marijuana are likely to start drinking alcoholic beverages and using other drugs.

For medicinal purposes, the THC in marijuana has proven to be useful in treating nausea and vomiting associated with the treatments of certain cancers and for people with HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, and other ailments.

In the United States, some states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes and for recreational use although, as of today, it is still illegal under federal law. In the states that have legalized the possession and use of marijuana, it can be bought, sold, grown, and taxed under state mandated guidelines.

How can I tell if someone I know is using marijuana? There are warning signs such as red eyes, dilated pupils, seeming to be in a stupor, no self motivation, sudden impulses to eat, uncontrollable laughing, having the smell permeating from their clothes, hair, and from their car, acting silly, and forgetting things.

What should I do if I have a friend or family member who is taking club drugs? If you know someone who is taking hallucinogenic or any other type of illegal drug, urge them to get help immediately or tell someone of authority who can intervene such as a parent, teacher counselor, or doctor.

What are the slang names for marijuana?

  • (1) Weed, Maryjane, Bush, Cannabis, Chronic, Joint, Blunt, Bo, Reefer, Grass, Pot, Ganja, and Roach.

Where can I get information about drug abuse and addiction? Visit these website's, www.freevibe.com or www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov to get information about drugs abuse and addiction. They offer a wide array of options about getting help. You can also get information by calling this toll free number, 800-729-6686 or linea gratis en espanol 877-767-8432

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