Marijuana: The Most Abused Drug

Currently marijuana is the most abused drug in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that averages of 14.6 million Americans have smoked marijuana at least once.

Marijuana is a dry shredded plant that is green, or brown in color. It is usually smoked and is sometimes used with other drugs.

Marijuana has been abused since pre-history but during the 20th century there was a rise in its use for recreational, spiritual, religious and medicinal purposes. Soon after marijuana became an illegal drug and is currently a Schedule I substance and is classified as a drug that has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

When marijuana is smoked, its effects begin immediately after the drug enters the brain and last from 1 to 3 hours. Some short term effects of the drug include a euphoric high followed by intensified sensations, colors and sounds. The user’s mouth feels dry, and he or she may suddenly become very hungry and thirsty. His or her hands may tremble and grow cold. The euphoria passes after awhile, and then the user may feel sleepy or depressed. Occasionally, marijuana use produces anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.

Marijuana also interferers with a person’s ability to learn and remember information. The more a person uses marijuana the more he or she is likely to fall behind in accumulating intellectual, job, or social skills. Research has shown that marijuana’s adverse impact on memory and learning can last for days or weeks after the initial effects of the drug wear off.

Some long-term effects of using marijuana include couching, respiratory problems, chest illness, lung infections and even cancer. In fact the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that smoking marijuana possibly increases the likelihood of developing cancer of the head or neck. Some of marijuana's adverse health effects may occur because THC impairs the immune system's ability to fight disease.

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