Often referred to as Dagga, pot, weed and dope. Marijuana is a mixture of the dried leaves, seeds and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Marijuana is often smoked in joints (rolled) but can also be smoked with water pipes known as bongs. Marijuana can also be cooked into food and eaten.
The major active chemical is called Delta-9-teterahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the active chemical which causes the mind-altering effects.
Many years of research have yielded results in the way cannabis affects the brain. A common argument is that Marijuana isn’t a drug and shouldn’t be illegal but science has shown the dramatic changes in the brain can often be irreversible and is one of the leading causes of psychosis, schizophrenia and other mental health issues.
Another common argument is that Marijuana is not addictive but long term use of Marijuana has shown that there are signs and symptoms of addiction. These signs are only shown when the user stops using the drug.
- Symptoms include
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased aggression
- Difficulty eating
Heavy marijuana abuse may show low achievement in important life measures including mental and physical health, and career. Marijuana affects memory, judgment and perception. Learning and attention skills are impaired among people who use it heavily. The increase in users younger than 18 years old is on the increase and because it’s illegal, there is no age restriction. There is evidence that shows, children as young as 11 years old are smoking Marijuana, causing stunted development and functional problems.