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Marijuana is brown and green in color. It includes a mixture of leaves, seeds, flowers and stems from the cannabis sativa plant. The primary chemical in marijuana is THC. Marijuana is smoked mostly through a pipe or rolled in a joint. It may also be smoked through a cigar which is called a blunt, baked in foods or steeped in tea. Some people even mix marijuana with other types of illicit drugs for a more powerful high.

Marijuana most affects the parts of the brain that are responsible for pleasure, concentration, memory, perception and coordination. Individuals that become high off of marijuana typically have trouble with physical coordination and their perceptions may be skewed. They might also have difficulties with problem-solving, remembering things and thinking. This makes it so dangerous for persons to be driving or operation machinery when high.

Overtime, marijuana use can have devastating effects on a person's mind. They may have trouble remembering things and may experience more psychological difficulties then before they began abusing marijuana. Learning things becomes more challenging and basic intelligence may be affected.

It is possible to become addicted to marijuana, though many people suggest that it is not. There are those people who consume vast amounts of the drug and find it very difficult to quit even if they would like to. Common symptoms associated with terminated use of the drug include insomnia, increased anxiety, lowered appetite, strong cravings for the drug and irritability.

The amount of time that withdrawal symptoms last will be most associated with how long a person was using marijuana and how powerful it was. In many cases, it takes about 1-2 weeks for most symptoms to subside. Individuals may begin to experience them within 24 hours after they quit.

Health professionals report that individuals that have a long history of marijuana use and high levels of abuse may suffer from schizophrenia, depression, suicidal tendencies and high levels of anxiety. The younger a person is when they get started, the more likely these types of problems will occur. There is some debate however, over whether or not marijuana only makes a bad situation worse or if it causes these types of problems. There is some belief (from certain circles) that persons who may already have tendencies for schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety or suicide are made worse by chronic marijuana use. While there are others who believe that marijuana use is what causes these types of mental problems.

Besides the negative effect on ones mental health, individuals may also have heart problems. Those who abuse the drug are believed to be at increased risk for heart attack and lung cancer due to the carcinogens that are inhaled when a person smokes.

A study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found in 2007 that more than 14 million people in the United States used marijuana in the month before the study was taken. This survey included individuals who were 12 and older. Males use marijuana more than females. Caucasians make up more than half of all users and 36% individual users are between the ages of 15 and 19.

Marijuana abuse is treated with motivational incentives and/or cognitive behavioral therapy. No medications are typically given for addicts of this type.

Marijuana Addiction Facts

Date : August 1, 2010, 12:00 am

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is the most common abused drug in the United States. It is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. You might have heard it referred to as pot, herb, weed, grass, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, and chronic.

The dried buds themselves are smoked through a pipe, bong, joint or blunt. Some people even mix marijuana with other types of illicit drugs for a stronger powerful high. The m...

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