COMMON STREET NAMES:
Weed, Pot, Grass, Hemp, Gas, Loud, Tree, Cannabis, Bud, Dope, Herb, MJ, Mary Jane, Skunk, Edibles, Reefer, Ganja, Blunt, Joint, Roach, Nail, Sativa, Wax
Marijuana contains over 400 chemicals, including the psychoactive chemical THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which affects the nerve cells in the brain that are responsible for memory and coordination.
Many first time users experience a relaxed “high” but it is not uncommon for users to feel anxious and paranoid. Regular use of marijuana is linked to depression, anxiety, and “amotivational syndrome”, which decreases a person’s drive, apathy, and desire to succeed.
Marijuana use, especially during the brain’s development stage, which continues into the early 20’s, can damage the receptors that help with executive functioning in the brain.
Research shows that almost 10% of those who use marijuana will become addicted and this rate increases to 17%, or 1 out of 6, if you start using Marijuana in your teens.
IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:
Yes, despite what you may have been told on the street, repeated Marijuana use can lead to dependence and addiction.
SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:
Because Marijuana is now available in edibles and wax, the dose and strength can be greatly inconsistent but general signs of use include:
Red, bloodshot eyes, Difficulty walking, Poor coordination, Dry mouth, Memory loss, Acting silly and laughing for no apparent reason, lack of motivation.
Studies show that one joint can be as harmful as smoking 5 cigarettes and over 400 chemicals are found in marijuana, which can lead to lung, mouth and throat cancer.
Vaping cannabis wax or oil (dabs) doesn’t remove the harmful psychoactive effects of Marijuana and prolonged use of vaping can lead to pneumonia. Edibles such as marijuana infused Jolly Ranchers, Chocolates, Brownies, Gummies, and Cookies, have the added danger of unknown ingredients, doses, and because they are absorbed through the digestive system, can stay longer in your system.
Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.