Marijuana is a processed form of the hemp plant cannabis satvia. It can be smoked in a cigarette (called a joint) or through a pipe (known as a bong) as well as mixed into food and hot drinks. Hashish is a more concentrated form of marijuana. Alternative and slang names include cannabis, pot, hash and weed.
People who smoke marijuana get a high followed by a sense of drowsiness which is extremely addictive. Marijuana is a very commonly abused drug thanks to widespread myths that it is “harmless” despite its many severe side effects and consequences from long term use. It also often acts as a “gateway drug” with many people of all ages starting a drug addiction with marijuana before moving onto “harder” drugs like heroin or cocaine.
Side effects include psychological problems like anxiety, depression and paranoia, and can aggravate existing mental health issues such as schizophrenia. Long term use affects blood pressure which leads to heart problems. Similarly to tobacco, smokable marijuana has many unpleasant chemical additives in it which cause problems like lung disease and cancer.
Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction
Do you know someone who is worrying you by exhibiting a possible addiction to marijuana? Try asking yourself the following questions.
- Do they exhibit signs of euphoria, heightened senses or altered perceptions along with suddenly feeling very hungry (known as “the munchies”)?
- Can you smell a distinctive sweet/spicy aroma with a cloying quality in their hair or clothing?
- Do they have bloodshot eyes or stained fingers?
- Are they exhibiting problems with coordination as if they were drunk, but they have not been drinking?