February 3, 2016 – The month of February offers everyone the opportunity to take part in Marijuana Awareness, and to kick off the annual observance the RehabDetoxTreatment.com team is sharing important facts and information about the drug. Marijuana Awareness Month is a crucial time to share vital information about the drug’s effects on the body with impressionable teens and adults. In 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. This fact, coupled with the drug’s noted short and long-term effects, highlights the need for the month-long observance.
Marijuana is produced from stems, dried leaves, seeds and flowers of the cannabis plant and contains THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical that can produce mind-altering affects. The drug is known by a plethora of street names, most commonly pot, weed, reefer and Mary Jane. Users of the drug can smoke it, commonly known as smoking a joint, inhale it through a vaporizer, or consume it in a food item through baking or cooking. With the recent legalization of marijuana in various states throughout America, it is important that people of all ages understand the potential effects the drug can have on their body and to learn more about the signs of marijuana abuse and addiction.
Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Medical Health and Addiction Services state that marijuana can produce both short and long-term negative effects. Short term effects include memory problems, learning issues, distorted perceptions, problems with thinking and completing tasks, panic attacks, increased heart rates and generalized anxiety. Long-term effects can range from breathing issues to an increase in the severity of mental disorders like depression, paranoia, schizophrenia and hallucinations. In terms of breathing issues, it is important to keep in mind that marijuana smokers take in 3 to 5 times the amount of tar inhalation and increase in carbon dioxide compared to tobacco smokers. When discussing long-term effects, it is also important to remember that the drug’s effects are greater on those individuals who began using at a younger age, as the brain has not fully developed.
For those struggling with a dependency to marijuana or who are watching a family member or friend deal with marijuana abuse, RehabDetoxTreatment.com can act as an informative and supportive community. The website offers a safe environment for people to share their true stories about overcoming addiction, offering hope to others that living an addiction-free life is possible. From teens to adults, these moving stories of drug and alcohol abuse will offer inspiration as well as information on the rehabilitation and recovery processes. Many of these stories explore marijuana abuse and addition, offering insightful information just in time for Marijuana Awareness Month.
With 20 million teens and adults stating they have used marijuana in the past month according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there is no better time than the present to learn more about the drug and how it can affect the body.
Join RehabDetoxTreatment.com in observing Marijuana Awareness Month during February. Check out our blog with more information on marijuana awareness. Visit our website and read true stories of those who have been victorious again substance abuse and addiction.
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