Marijuana Abuse - Personal History and Experience

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What is marijuana, and how is it abused?

Marijuana is a plant whose scientific name is Cannabis sativa. Its leaves, seeds, stems, and/or roots are consumed by marijuana users for the purpose of feeling intoxicated ("high"). Although the plant contains hundreds of compounds, the one that has major intoxicating effects is called tetrahydrocannibinol (THC). Although medical marijuana is legal in a few states of the United States, it is one of many illegal drugs in most jurisdictions. Specifically, laws in most states deem it illegal to engage in possession of marijuana, either for the purpose of your own use or for the purpose of distributing it to others.

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal substance worldwide. While the number of people who use marijuana at any one time does not seem to have increased in the past decade, the number of people who have a marijuana-related disorder has increased significantly. This seems to be particularly true for elderly individuals as well as for young Hispanic and African-American adults. In teens, boys remain more likely than girls to smoke or otherwise use marijuana. Native-American adolescents seem to be the ethnic group most vulnerable to engage in recent marijuana use, and Asian adolescents tend to be the least likely.

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Comment from: micki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I have smoked marijuana for 40 years and there is no addiction. I have gone without it for long periods of time without headaches or vomiting or without stealing for it or killing for it.

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Comment from: Paul, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I have used marijuana intermittently for 24 years. Perhaps once a week on average. Large daily doses will reduce energy levels. Small doses may induce sleep easier, it seems a strong relative sedative. It seems to still be a drug of choice for many friends, however the use has declined from high school years when most seemed to smoke it. Certainly some individuals prefer and use it way more than others. It will cause negative reactions of paranoid episodes in some. The worst case is of a regular heavy-using school friend and his wife who have had an autistic son that they find trouble coping with. Hence they have stopped its use. Their heavy use prior for 15 years may have caused this personality defect. You never know but if studies were published it could be the case! The doctor has repeatedly told me it will depress the general health system the next day, which I agree with. Having battled weight problems my whole life, it has helped control appetite. It also has given friendship, increased social activity (a positive for an un-partnered loner in me) and was a huge firm favorite after the 50th birthday party at the pub last Saturday night. Unfortunately I feel it may have contributed to me being a workaholic and a single person, which I am trying to rectify. I have used it for periods to eradicate bad memories of relationship/emotional pain. This includes a recent 43 year old alcoholic friend who died from a heart attack secondary to an enlarged heart from perhaps 10 years of reasonable hard spirit alcoholism such as vodka. He took amphetamines too for attention deficit disorder (ADD). The marijuana use has perhaps reduced my pain. Funny enough he hated marijuana, he would be alive probably if he did marijuana as opposed to alcohol. That ends my note, alcohol will more likely kill you before marijuana. In a small dose it can stimulate work tasks. I intend to cease or well reduce its use. I feel it may have made me less socially aware and more retracted (although I have lots of friends). I think it is best limited (if used) to weekends only. Similar to a brother who won"t drink alcohol during the week. You can"t ignore its popularity and how much pleasure it gives to some, especially daily users. They love the drug, hydroponic or natural. Each has their own preference and volume. I think if abused or overused the high is well, well reduced. It must have some benefits mentally. All doses give different results.

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