Marijuana abuse by your teen or loved one can sometimes be very hard to detect. Marijuana use tends to cause varying amounts of symptoms/signs in each individual. The variation in symptoms can depend on the user’s amount of prior marijuana use and the quantity/quality of the marijuana used. Some possible warning signs of marijuana abuse may be obvious, others you may have to keep a closer watch for.
Marijuana tops the list as being the number one illicit drug abused in the United States. According to a NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) survey, "In 2004, an estimated 2.1 million persons had used marijuana for the first time within the past 12 months, approximately 6,000 per day." Although marijuana abuse has declined in recent years, these numbers indicate that a major problem still exists.
Many people feel that marijuana isn't a hard core drug and marijuana abuse should not be a cause for concern. Unfortunately, these ideas are misleading and incorrect. Marijuana is addictive and we need to educate our youth about the negative outcomes it will have on their lives.
Marijuana, commonly known as hemp, comes from the green/brown/gray dried leaves, seeds, stems and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It contains a very potent ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which changes how the brain works and causes the "high" that user’s experience. Marijuana is grown in all 50 states, but most of it comes from other foreign countries including Mexico, Canada, Colombia and Jamaica.
Marijuana comes in various potencies. Low grade quality marijuana is made from the stems and seeds of the plant. High grade marijuana comes from the leaves and buds, which contain more THC; the more THC, the bigger the "high". There are over 200 names for marijuana but some common names include weed, grass, pot, widow, hash, reefer, roach and herb. This drug is also used in various different ways. Some users will even eat it or mix it in with other foods.
Most know marijuana as a plant and when smoked causes a high, but do you know the effects of marijuana abuse? Marijuana abuse can take a toll on our physical, behavioral, mental and emotional well-being. Effects from marijuana abuse can be felt almost immediately and tend to last for several hours. Long term effects can linger on for weeks or even last a lifetime, as it permanently alters brain functions over time.