Marijuana & its Effects

Marijuana  is  the  most  widely used  illicit drug  in the United  States and  Europe,  and  tends to be the first il- legal  drug  that  teens  use.  In the United  States,  it  is  estimated,  conservatively,  that  more  than  5.5  million  adults smoke the drug weekly. Although Cannabis sativa, or marijuana, has been in use for at least 4,000  years, the principal psychoactive ingredient of the marijuana plant: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Delta-9-THC  is  the  substance  in  the  plant  that  produces  the  “high,”  the feeling of intoxication,  that  users crave.  The marijuana  plant contains  more  than  400 chemical  compounds,  of   which  60  are cannabinoids—psychoactive compounds  that can be extracted from the cannabis plant,  or produced within  the  body after ingestion and metabolism of cannabis. Scientists  analyze  the  ramifications of some of the  most  important scientific  discoveries  about  marijuana  and  its  negative  impact  on  the brain.  Marijuana can  also cause damage to  the  lungs  and  the  reproductive  system,  but  that will  not  be  reviewed  here.  Naturally,  the brain  is  part of,  and absolutely dependent on,  the functioning  of the  rest  of the  organs  of the body,  for example,  for  its glucose and oxygen  supply.  But  the  brain  is  in  charge of the body;  it  is  the physical  substratum  of  the  intelligence,  memory, will,  and  emotion.  The  human  species  alone can  bring  to  bear  its  brain its  intelligence to  change the world around  it for better or worse. Delta-9-THC  is found  in the resin  located  mostly  in  the flowering  tops  of the  plant,  with  a  smaller amount  in  the  leaves, and  the  least amount  in  the fibrous stalks.  As a  result,  the  psychoactive  potency  of  a  cannabis  preparation  varies  enormously,  depending  on  which  part  of  the  plant  was  used  to  make  it.  The  most  powerful  form  is from  the  pure  resin  removed  from  the  leaves  and  stems; this  is known  as  hashish.  Its  concentration of delta-9-THC  is  about 8 to  14  percent.  Next  in  potency  is  ganja,  which  is  very  commonly  smoked  in  the  whole world. Ganja  is  made  up  of dried plant material  taken only  from  the tops of unpollinated  female  plants.  Known  as sinsemilla,  this  version  of marijuana  has  a  THC content of from 4 to 8 percent.

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