Over the past few decades, the amount of THC in marijuana has steadily climbed; today’s marijuana has three times the concentration of THC compared to 25 years ago. The higher the THC amount, the stronger the effects on the brain—likely contributing to increased rates of marijuana-related emergency room visits. While there is no research yet on how higher potency affects the long-term risks of marijuana use, more THC is likely to lead to higher rates of dependency and addiction. About Marijuana Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that contains close to 500 chemicals, including THC, a mind-altering compound that causes harmful health effects. People smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes, in pipes or water pipes, in blunts, and by using vaporizers that pull THC from marijuana. Buy weed London can also be mixed in food (edibles), such as brownies, cookies, and candy, or brewed as a tea. People also smoke or eat different forms of marijuana extracts, which deliver a large amount of THC and can be potentially more dangerous. Rise of Marijuana Use Today, marijuana use is on the rise among all adult age groups, both sexes, and pregnant women. People ages 18-25 have the highest rate of use. Marijuana and THC remain illegal at the federal level, even though many states have legalized its use. In states where legal, marijuana is a fast-growing industry with sales to individuals over 21 in retail stores, wineries, breweries, coffee shops, dispensaries, online, as well as grown at home.
Marijuana or marihuana refers to the leaves and flowering portions of cannabis when used as drug, intoxicant, or medicine. Cannabis sativa is the most common type of cannabis plant used as marijuana, although there are other forms of cannabis including Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Marijuana is primarily smoked or ingested orally when used for its psychoactive effects. The primary psychoactive constituent of marijuana is a cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces relaxation, mild euphoria, sedation, and perceptual distortion. There are over 80 other cannabinoids including cannabidiol, cannabinol, and tetrahydrocannabivarin present in marijuana as well as THC. Marijuana is used medicinally for the effects on appetite, attenuation of intraocular pressure, analgesic effects, and a host of other disorders. Recent legal developments in the state level within the United States have led to increased use and availability of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Some sort of medical marijuana is available in 18 states in the United States. Many countries around the world have decriminalized marijuana use in recent years.