Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, is a dry mixture of shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.
The most important active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The THC content in Marijuana ranges from 1% to 8% and its effects on the user are related to the amount of THC.
Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe or in blunts, which are cigars filled with marijuana in combination with another drug. Some users mix marijuana in food or brew it as a tea. Marijuana smoke has a strong and distinctive, typically sweet-and-sour odor. Widely used street names for Marijuana are pot, herb, Mary Jane, weed, grass, boom, gangster, and chronic. Some stronger forms of the drug are Sinsemilla, hashish, and hash oil.
Effects of Marijuana
THC in Marijuana smoke can quickly pass from the lungs into the bloodstream, which can carry it to organs throughout the body, including the brain. In the brain, THC connects to cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences their functioning. Marijuana can cause problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, loss of coordination, and increased heart rate. Long-term marijuana can cause some changes in the brain.
Smoking Marijuana increases the risk of heart attack. Even infrequent use of the drug can cause stinging of the mouth and throat, and heavy cough. Regular smoking of Marijuana can cause respiratory problems. Marijuana fumes contain carcinogens, which can promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract. THC can impair the immune system's ability to fight off infectious diseases.
Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction
Bloodshot eyes, loss of memory, aggression, trouble walking, sleepiness, increased heart rate, dry mouth and throat, hallucinations, and paranoia are the common symptoms of Marijuana addiction.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, anxiety, loss of appetite, irritability during abstinence from the drug, stomach pain, insomnia, weight loss, and unsteady hands.
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