Teen Marijuana Addiction
Weed, Joint, Pot, Grass… Do these words sound familiar? If not, these words are the street names for Marijuana. Marijuana is the most common and highly used drug among teenagers. In most cases, marijuana is the first drug that teens experiment with. Easy access, low cost, and popularity surrounding this drug contribute to its extensive use among teens.
Smoking is the most common way to use marijuana. It is rolled up like a cigarette and called a “joint.”It is also smoked with a pipe called a “bong.” Consuming it by mixing it in food is another popular way to take this drug. Marijuana is highly addictive. Every year nearly 100,000 teens are treated for marijuana addiction.
Why is it popular among teens?
There are many reasons for the popularity of this drug among teens. The most common reasons are:
Friends and peers
Watching friends smoke weed makes teens want to try it out. Open discussion of getting “high” and the euphoria it induces along with the worries it enables you to forget during an “out of the world experience,” pulls teens towards it.
Most teens grow increasingly addicted to marijuana as they feel it helps them escape and forget their worries at home, in school, etc. The more teens use it, the more addicted they will become.
Marijuana is often combined with other drugs such as alcohol. The main ingredient in marijuana is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinal). THC has the same effect on the brain as alcohol. Combining these two drugs can seriously alter a person’s emotions, memory, concentration, and co-ordination.
How does it affect teens?
Marijuana’s effects begin as soon as the drug enters the brain. Its effects can last up to 3 hours. Increased heart-beat and blood pressure follow. It also leads to anxiety, fear, and restlessness. Long-term addiction may lead to hallucination. A person starts craving marijuana and the “high” that results, and may start neglecting such healthy habits as eating. This leads to weight-loss and lack of personal hygiene. Discoloration of the teeth can also occur from smoking marijuana.
Cases of cancer in the lungs and respiratory tract have been reported among marijuana users. Heavy cough, wheezing, and phlegm production are also reported. Addicts start giving it more importance that other significant aspects of their lives. Teens may also turn to crime and stealing to fund this addiction.
The effects of teen marijuana addiction are not limited to individuals alone. They also affect friends, family, and society in general. It increases the risk of early death. Seeking immediate help and support from health professionals loved ones can enable teens to overcome this addiction.