Marijuana (Drugs: The Straight Facts) by Randi Mehling

By Randi Mehling

Marijuana is the flowering a part of the Indian hemp plant hashish sativa, a weed-like species that grows wild and is usually cultivated in lots of tropical and temperate components of the area. hashish potential “hemp” in Latin and comes from the Greek observe kannabis. Marijuana most likely comes from the Mexican Spanish marijuana/marihuana (Mary’s leaf or plant) or from Maria and Juan (Mary and John). between its many names, marijuana is usually often called weed, ganja, mary jane, and pot.

For millions of years, hashish has loved old value as a leisure drug, an invaluable fiber, an oil, an fit to be eaten seed, and a medication. it's been used to help spiritual practices, adjust temper (psychoactive effect), stimulate creativity, deal with disorder, relieve anxiousness and tedium, increase sensory adventure and enjoyment, insurgent opposed to authority, and associate with peer impact. that may be a lot of labor for one plant to do. This most likely explains why hashish has regularly been an immense cultivated crop and is at present a cornerstone of arguable debate in all sectors of U.S. and overseas society.

Despite society’s specialise in the marijuana “high,” hashish traditionally has supplied many significant commercial and medicinal values that aren't attributed to its psychoactive results. Researchers stumbled on that hashish vegetation farmed way back to 12,000 years in the past yielded hemp, a special number of the hashish plant linked to very little psychoactivity. the 1st proof of the medicinal use of hashish could be traced to a chinese language well-being book from 5,000 years in the past, which indexed hashish as an natural treatment. hashish most likely originated in imperative Asia.

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Since 1997, its use among adolescents has held steady, with very few increases or declines from those peak rates. ) • Of high school seniors in 2001, almost half reported having used marijuana or hashish at least once. Over the past decade (between 1992 and 2001): • Past-month use of marijuana increased from 12 to 22 percent among 12th graders and from 8 to 20 percent among 10th graders. 5 percent among 10th graders. • Comparatively, the daily use of cigarettes increased from 17 to 19 percent among 12th graders and has remained constant at about 12 percent among 10th graders.

Population’s drug use patterns. This graph from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse shows the rate of teenage marijuana use over the last three decades. budget) to youth-focused substance abuse programs. The NHSDA is directed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Since 1971, it has provided annual estimates of the prevalence (patterns of use) of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in the United States, monitoring trends since that time. S. population 12 years and older.

The longer the smoke is in the lungs, the more the lungs are exposed to carcinogens. This suggests an increased possibility of developing malignant (cancerous) tumors in the respiratory system from marijuana smoke. Although marijuana smoke has been found to be a carcinogen, studies indicate that THC itself does not appear to be carcinogenic. Would smoking more potent marijuana with a higher 37 38 MARIJUANA THC content be less harmful, since users would probably smoke less to achieve the same high?

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