What Do We Really Know About Marijuana?

 In many states today we see that marijuana has been legalized. And in other states marijuana has been legalized only for medicinal purposes. So how much  do we know about Marijuana? First let’s say what marijuana is. Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds. Extracts can also be made from the Cannabis plant.

According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention we know that people with mental illness and related symptoms are more likely to us marijuana for medical symptoms. There are so many factors in determining if marijuana is actually good for anyone. I think many people do not realize that Cannabis has different degrees of potency. And there are many factors that come into play when it comes to mental health, like your genes (your DNA) and your life history (what have you gone through in life) and even your stress level (which is not the same for everyone). But research has determined that Marijuana  use is associated with an increased risk for an earlier onset of a psychotic disorder such as Schizophrenia in people with other risk factors, such as family history. Cannabis intoxication can also induce a temporary psychotic episode in some people, especially at high doses, which could lead to a permanent psychotic disorder later on and hallucinations and paranoia, anger, even sleep problems and it could actually affect your appetite. It has also been found that Maijuana use in adolescence can cause depression and social anxiety, and also suicidal thoughts in teens. It might have effects on the developing brain in adolescence when used early in life or with regular heavy use. Teens who use Marijuana are more likely not to graduate from high school or college. Marijuana can cause  difficulty thinking and problem-solving. Marijuana use can lead to other physical problems also like: breathing problems, increased heart rate.  Regular, long-term Marijuana use can cause some people to develop Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. This causes users to experience regular cycles of severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration, sometimes requiring emergency medical attention.

Driving is also impaired because it affects your reaction time and coordination. There are so many ways to intake Marijuana, but no matter what form you use Cannabis still has the same reaction especially the younger you are. In 2019, 37% of US high school students reported lifetime use of marijuana and 22% reported use in the past 30 days. Past-year vaping (e-cigarette use) of Marijuana also remained steady in 2020 following large increases in 2018 and 2019. However, large percentages of middle and high school students reported past-year Marijuana vaping—8% of eighth graders, 19% of 10th graders, and 22% of 12th graders. Today, no medications are currently available to treat Marijuana use disorder, but behavioral support can be effective. Remember Marijuana is like smoking a cigarette and can have the same serious consequences as smoking.

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