Commonly known as “weed,” or “pot,” marijuana is an almost normalized drug, especially since it recently became legal to recreationally use in parts of the United States. Marijuana first became normalized throughout the medical world, as scientist began testing its healing natures in the early 2000’s. Now, many states have adopted laws to allow medical patients to use marijuana in the form of pills, lollipops or other foods, to help deal with different physical ailments. Policy surrounding marijuana has changed from a ticket to jail to a citation or fine given when citizens are found with under a certain amount on their person. In some states they have even completely legalized recreational use for those over 21. Marijuana comes from the cannabis sativa plant. People abuse marijuana because it contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also called THC, a chemical that produces a high that can be described as “relaxing and euphoric.” Marijuana can be a green or brown, it can be a dried leafy plant that looks like grass or a moss like bud that can be picked apart and put into cigarette-looking joints and blunts. Marijuana can also be cooked down to butter and eaten in brownies or other baked goods. Dabs, which is a common street name for marijuana wax or oils, can vary. The liquid form is often called hash oil or honey oil and looks like other kinds of oils. Wax is a soft solid, like lip balm, and shatter is amber-colored solid form of the wax. Much of the marijuana in the United States is grown locally, which is one factor that contributes to marijuana addiction.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
Signs of Marijuana Abuse • Increased use of candles/deodorizer to mask smell • Increased use of eye drops • dizziness when standing • Drowsiness • Slowed reaction • poor coordination • Increased appetite (also called the munchies) • Mood swings • Altered sense of time • Increased heart rate • Anxiety or panic attacks • Impaired judgement • Memory and learning problems • Paranoia • Psychosis/hallucinations- Rare
Symptoms of Withdrawal
Withdrawal from marijuana is commonly debated, the question is “is there or isn’t there?” Withdrawal may not be as severe as “harder” drugs or alcohol, but it can still be very difficult for a person to cope with. The physical symptoms of withdrawal from marijuana can last from three days to two weeks, while the psychological symptoms may last longer. Signs of withdrawal are: • Chills • Irritability • Anxiety • Depression • Loss of appetite • Restlessness • Difficulty sleeping