Marijuana

Marijuana, commonly referred to as ‘pot’, is one of the most abused drugs among teenagers across the world. It comes from the leaves, flowers, buds, stem and seeds of a plant, that are dried up to form a hay-like mixture, usually greenish brown or gray in color. This mixture is then either smoked, or inhaled by rolling it out in the shape of a cigarette, casually called a “joint”, and lighting it up on one end. However, the most dangerous form of marijuana consumption is vaporizing it in e-cigarettes. Once inside the body, harmful chemicals seep into the bloodstream and travel to the brain. Marijuana also comes in an edible form where it is used as an ingredient in baked products and beverages. The symptoms caused by the ingestion of marijuana last much longer than the ones caused by its inhalation. 

According to New Jersey State Law, illegal possession of marijuana can earn you jail-time and heavy fines. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2015 annual report, 7% of individuals aged 12 to17 reported to have used marijuana at least once in the past month. This can lead to unwanted side effects like:

  • Poor coordination
  • Weak memory
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Increase in appetite
  • Hallucination
  • Reduced response rate
  • Overpowering numbness
  • Decrease in inhibition