Marijuana addiction is common because marijuana is the most abused illegal substance in America. This drug can be cultivated and sold in anyone’s house or yard that has enough light and the funds to do so. People have been known to grow whole fields of marijuana where they can use it for their habit, or sell it to the public.
Marijuana, also known by such street names as pot, ganja, weed, grass, and 420, is a psychoactive drug meaning the user will experience mood changes as well as problems with perception. The odd thing about marijuana is that it is not only a psychoactive drug, but also can fall into the category of stimulant, hallucinogen, and depressant depending on the how much the user intakes and the kind of marijuana they use. Using marijuana can cause short-term effects, such as:
- Distorted perceptions,
- Memory impairment,
- and difficulty thinking and solving problems.
There are now many varieties of marijuana available that cause stronger highs or give the user a different high. These drugs are created by genetically altering and mixing of the plants at early ages. Also, when the right amount of light and care is given to a particular marijuana plant, it can create a better plant that produces an even better high.
Another danger is that even though marijuana is rarely “laced” with other drugs, it has been done to increase profits for the seller and this can cause dangerous side-effects for the unsuspecting user.
Side Effects Extend to Others Besides Yourself
Marijuana is known as the gateway drug because many believe it can lead the user to try more potent drugs. Although there are life-threatening side effects from prolonged or heavy marijuana addiction, the biggest problem is that the user might begin using harder drugs to get a better high.
If you are using marijuana, stop today. The long-term effects will cause problems with your family, your job, and your overall health and well-being. Also, you open yourself up to trying other drugs that you generally would not ever consider using.
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