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Marijuana Use in 2012

July 30, 2012 by  
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Marijuana Use

Marijuana Use


Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. About 2 in 5 Americans report engaging in marijuana abuse. 10% of the population uses marijuana on a daily basis.

Marijuana is made up of a mix of dried flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC.  This is the main psychoactive component in marijuana; it is the chemical that produces the “high” felt by users engaging in marijuana abuse.

Marijuana is usually rolled in a cigarette-a “joint”- or put in a pipe and smoked. It can also be put in a hollowed out cigar to be smoked (a “blunt”). Occasionally, marijuana abusers will mix marijuana with food or brew it into a tea. The resinous form of cannabis is called hashish, and the sticky black liquid form is called hash oil.

When marijuana is smoked, it is almost instantly absorbed into the blood stream and travels to the brain. THC binds with cannabinoid receptors in the brain. THC appears to alter mood and cognition through its actions on the receptors it binds to. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.

Marijuana use in 2012 is making a rise. Marijuana use is without a doubt, the most popular illicit drug in America. It has retained its popularity through decades. Not only that but with its rise there has been the slow decline of cigarette smoking and meth use in comparison to marijuana uses increasing statistics. Marijuana use in 2012 is the most common illicit drug used today. 6.9% of the US population admitted to marijuana use in 2012 and 39.8% has admitted to trying marijuana at least once.

The reason for marijuana use in 2012’s rise to fame is probably because of the increasing number of states that have approved marijuana use for medical purposes. Along with that marijuana use is not linked to as many health problems as meth or cigarettes. That is why in teens marijuana use is becoming much more popular than smoking cigarettes. Marijuana use in 2012 is the most common among these teens and young adults aged (18-25) more than 16 percent have used marijuana in the last month. In this age group, marijuana is most popular with college students. 30.2% of college students have used marijuana in the past year.



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