Rehab Center for Marijuana Users

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. There are numerous street terms for marijuana including pot, herb, weed, grass, widow, ganja, and hash, as well as terms derived from trademarked varieties of cannabis, such as Northern Lights, Fruity Juice, Afghani #1 and a number of Skunk varieties.

A shredded, dry green/brown mix of flowers, seeds, stems and leaves of the help plant Cannabis sativa, marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail) or in a pipe (bong). It is also smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana (often in combination with another drug). Use also might include mixing marijuana in food or brewing it as a tea. As a more concentrated, resinous form, it is called hashish and as a sticky black liquid, it is called hash oil. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, typically sweet-and-sour odor.

In 2003, approximately 3.1 million people use marijuana on a daily basis. Research shows that 53.8 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have used marijuana. In 2003, marijuana was the third most commonly abused drug mentioned in drug-related hospital emergency department visits in the continental United States.

The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to organs throughout the body, including the brain and heart. One study has indicated that a marijuana user's risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking this drug. Marijuana use also has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract. Actually, marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke. Marijuana may also impair the immune system's ability to fight of infectious diseases and cancer. In addition, depression, anxiety and personality disturbances have been associated with marijuana use. Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems to make a person's existing problems much worse.

If you or a loved one has a problem with marijuana, please call us today with any questions. We will be glad to help! Call us today at 1-800-610-2066!

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