As much as we would like you not to know anything about marijuana, you know what they say about knowledge – it’s a powerful tool in fighting your enemies.
So, we’re here to tell you a few things.
Did you know that marijuana is the second most commonly used substance after alcohol? Yeah, and its users are mostly young people.
Did you know what is the name of the compound that is mainly responsible for the high sensation after using marijuana? It’s called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Did you know that THC interacts with our cannabinoid receptors in our brains, which further affects the release of neurotransmitters that are in charge of sending messages between our body’s cells? These neurotransmitters have a significant role in pain, stress, sleep, and even in our immune system.
What happens to those cannabinoids after using marijuana?
Well, they alter normal brain communication. Endocannabinoids affect areas that are connected to thinking, concentration, time perception, pleasure, and memory, and THC, because of their similarity to those cannabinoids, can attach to cannabinoid receptors and activate them, disrupting the function of the nervous system with severe consequences.
What are the bad effects of marijuana?
There are multiple bad effects of using. THC causes impaired thinking, interferes with one’s ability to learn new things, perform complicated tasks, drive safely, play sports. This is all because of the effects that the THC has on coordination, balance, and even reaction time.
So, you must be wondering why would people want to use marijuana, right?
It’s something that the author of this post has no clear indications about, but it is believed to be because of the high sensation that the use of marijuana can create. According to the drugabuse.gov website, the effect that using this drug has is similar to that of sex and eating: our brain releases dopamine at levels higher than typically observed in response to natural stimuli. Apparently, this high sensation is what users seek in this drug.
You’ve heard that cannabis can be used as medicine?
We have, too. The truth is that the FDA has approved some THC-based medications in form of pills and sprays, mostly to fight nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy, patients who suffer wasting syndrome due to AIDS, patients who have multiple sclerosis.
To be honest here and now, we’ve heard from people who smoke marijuana that it has multiple positive effects on the body and mind, but no researchers have confirmed this so far. We choose to believe the scientists and researchers, it’s as simple as that.
But what’s the status of this drug among the youth?
We found some facts – again, on drugabuse.gov – that have left us speechless.
The website states that “in 2018, more than 11,8 million young adults used marijuana in the past year. According to the Monitoring the Future survey, rates of past year marijuana use among middle and high school students have remained steady, but the number of teens in 8th and 10th grades who say they use this drug daily has increased. […] Also, the number of young people who believe regular marijuana use is risky is decreasing.”
So these are some serious facts that make us wonder what is happening to our young people? And more importantly, what can we do about it?
The first step in helping someone who uses is to recognize this person.
It is good that you can see clear physical signs of drug abuse. According to American Addiction Center (AAC), those include poor muscle coordination, delayed reactions, increased appetite, and the most important sign is red eyes.
When it comes to behavior-related signs of drug abuse, intense changes in mood are very frequent. The person using can shift from relaxed to very intense mood. Hallucinations are also sign of a drug abuse.
If you ever smoked marijuana or have been in the room with people who smoked it, you know the distinct smell of this plant. It is similar to the smell of cigarette smoke, but let’s say it’s a lot “heavier”.
What can you do to help drug users?
First of all, you have to be sure that this person is using. You can’t ask them to confess, because they rarely do. If they do, they won’t want your help, because they are convinced that they are right, that you’re the one who’s wrong, or that you have no idea about their life and their issues.
But here’s an idea – test them for drugs.
Experts say that you should not alert, warn or give them any indications of what you are about to do.
When you confront them and tell them that you need them to pee in the cup, they will deny all of your efforts, but when they start making excuses for not being able to test for drugs, just tell them that this kind of behavior is all the proof you need to know that they are using. Remember, a clean person would take the test with no hesitation.
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