Marijuana, also colloquially known as weed/pot/grass, derive from the cannabis plant. This belongs to the class of drugs known as cannabinoids and holds the number two spot for being the most widely abused drug, next to alcohol. The humble beginnings of marijuana can be traced back to around 2700 B.C. as an herbal medicine in China. There are written accounts of it being used to treat rheumatism and gout.
Meanwhile, some discovered Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1550 B.C. outlines the use of marijuana in the treatment of inflammation. Around 1000 B.C., bhang was a widely popular traditional drink in India consisting of cannabis paste (ground buds and leaves), milk, sugar, and flavoured with edible flowers and spices.
When sold, marijuana is a blend of dried out hemp plant leaves, stems, fruits, and seeds. The colours are usually green, grey, or brown. The component that produces the "drug" is found mainly in the plant's flowers (generally called "buds") and much less in the plant's seeds, leaves and stems.
How Marijuana Affects Your Mind And Body
Marijuana is not restricted to medicinal use it also extends to recreational. The large-scale legalization of marijuana has paved the way for its commercial use. The primary psychoactive component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This compound is responsible for the “high” sensation after using marijuana. THC may come in the form of edibles, oils, tinctures, even capsules, but the most popular method of use is by smoking.
After smoking weed, the THC quickly enters the bloodstream and you can get high in seconds or minutes. Read on to find out the effects of marijuana use on the body:
These alterations in cognitive and motor functions are precisely why some experts believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. However, there is still debate as to whether cannabis use is actually linked to the use of harder illicit drugs. The scientific community also postulates that people who are socio-economically and biologically vulnerable to drug abuse behaviours, start with something that is readily accessible such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course, marijuana. Then, the individual’s exposure to other people who use these substances also predisposes them to try other harder drugs.
Is Marijuana Really Addictive?
Excessive use of marijuana can lead to the development of marijuana use disorder. Recent data indicate that 30 percent of marijuana users can experience some degree of marijuana use disorder. Individuals who start consuming marijuana before they are 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a drug use disorder than adults.
Heavy reliance on marijuana happens as users develop a tolerance for the drug and eventually require more of it to achieve the same effect. When a drug reaches the brain, it overrides the natural mechanisms of the brain, enhancing a specific activity that is well above, or far below, normal levels.
Marijuana use disorder becomes an addiction when the person is unable to stop taking the drug even though it interferes with other aspects of their lives - such as trouble with relationships, work, school, or the law. Marijuana users can progress in high-dose edible forms or propane-extracted concentrates called dabs. This marijuana concentrate is often widely referred to as wax, smash, budder, and butane hash oil (BHO).
Seeking Treatment For Marijuana Use Disorder
Whether or not marijuana has become more addictive, the number of individuals seeking care for drug addiction has dramatically increased. Many who are pursuing drug treatment do so because of pressure from relatives, friends, teachers, jobs or the criminal justice system.
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