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How to Tell if Your Child is Using Marijuana

Is Your Child Using Marijuana?

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While a child using marijuana may seem preferable to a child using heroin or meth, this isn’t always the case. Now don’t get me wrong, using heroin or meth introduces an entirely new set of concerns. Still, a child or loved one smoking weed is no small matter.

No parent wants to think their child may turn to drugs. In today’s culture, though, attitudes surrounding marijuana are incredibly relaxed. This makes using and abusing it seem relatively harmless.

In some ways this is certainly true. After all, smoking a joint once isn’t going to turn anyone into a raging drug addict. However, marijuana does carry with it some serious health risks.

Are you concerned a child, family member, friend, or significant other is smoking pot? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Lighthouse has put together a list of various warning signs and effects of marijuana use. We hope this information will put your mind at ease!

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Signs of Marijuana Use

Find a list of signs common to marijuana use below:

• Dilated pupils – marijuana is infamous for dilating the pupils of its users. Does your child or loved one suddenly seem to always have huge pupils? They may be smoking marijuana.

• Bloodshot eyes – marijuana is also infamous for making its users’ eyes bloodshot and glazed. Are your child’s eyes more red than white? Does your loved one always look like they just woke up? These are some of the telltale signs of marijuana abuse.

• Apathetic & Dazed – on top of bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils, marijuana is infamous for making those who use it spacey and apathetic. This has been at the center of many anti-drug ads. This stereotype is based in truth, though. Is your child or loved one indifferent, listless, and dazed? If so, you may want to pay close attention for other signs of pot smoking.

• Smells strongly of smoke – marijuana has a particular sickly sweet odor. Has your child suddenly started smelling like that? Have they recently started burning incense? While these may be nothing more than strange smells, they may also be signs of marijuana use.

• Marijuana paraphernalia – these are things like pipes, rolling papers, cigar wraps, small baggies, and “grinders” (a device that looks like a yoyo that’s used to crush and grind marijuana). If you find these in your child or loved one’s possession, chances are they’re using marijuana.

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Effects of Marijuana

Find a list of effects common to marijuana use below:

• Increased appetitive – often called “the munchies,” marijuana drastically increases its users appetites. This is due to how THC, the most potent active chemical in marijuana, stimulates the brain’s olfactory receptors. That’s right, THC actually causes hunger by increasing how users smell food.

• Increased heart rate – marijuana increases users’ heart rates by between twenty and fifty beats per minute. Most people’s hearts beat between seventy and eighty times per minute, so this is a large increase in heart rate.

• Decreased coordination & balance – after smoking pot, THC binds to receptors in the cerebellum and basal ganglia. These parts of the brain control balance, coordination, and reaction time.

• Decreased nausea – THC and CBD, the second most potent active chemical in marijuana, bind to 5-HT3 receptors in the brain. By doing so, they decrease nausea.

• Euphoria – marijuana produces a slightly different euphoria for everyone. It has properties of both a stimulant and a depressant. Generally speaking, the high from smoking pot relaxes users and increases sensory input.

• Memory loss – THC also binds to receptors in the hippocampus. This is the area of the brain that forms and stores memory. As THC enters the hippocampus, it actually alters how information is received and processed. This leads to decreased memory retention.

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What Do I Do if My Child is Using Marijuana?

If, after learning some of the above information, you think your child is smoking marijuana, the question becomes what to do. This is often the most overwhelming part of struggling with a child, family member, or significant other’s drug use. What can you do to help them? What can you do to break the cycle of drug use and abuse?

what do i do if my child is smoking marijuanaThe first step to helping your child is simply learning information about their drug use. This is true or marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or any other drug. How often is your child or loved one using? What consequences have they experienced? Do they view their use as a problem? Do they actively want help?

After obtaining this information, speaking to a treatment center is a great resource. Most treatment centers have a dedicated group of admission coordinators whose job is to answer any and all questions concerned parents may have.

Give Lighthouse Recovery Institute a call. Many members of our staff are in long-term recovery themselves or have a loved one who’s struggled with addiction. We believe the simplest way to solve any drug related problem is to learn the facts and make an informed decision, rather than one based in fear and uncertainty.

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Is Weed the New Heroin?

Study Says Weed is as Addictive as Heroin

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“If cannabis is not addictive then neither is heroin or alcohol,” uttered Professor Wayne Hall recently. Hall, a senior drug adviser to the World Health Organization, has set out to answer, once and for all, the question of “is weed addictive?”

Professor Hall published a paper earlier this month, in the journal Addiction, which distills over twenty years of marijuana research into a few key points.

Is weed addictive? It absolutely is, especially for someone suffering from the diseases of addiction and alcoholism. Is pot addicting to the average smoker, though? Let’s find out.

Find a detailed breakdown of Professor Hall’s findings below.

Is Weed Addictive? The New Facts

  • One in six, or 16%, of adolescents who smoke weed end up addicted to it
  • One in ten, or 10%, of adults who engage in marijuana abuse become addicted. Also, those who smoke weed heavily are much more likely to use hard drugs (defined as heroin, meth, etc.)
  • Smoking pot can double the risk of developing serious psychotic disorders
  • Heavy weed addiction is thought to impair adolescent brain development
  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana doubles the likelihood of an accident
  • In the U.K., it’s thought that as many adolescents smoke weed as smoke cigarettes

Is weed addictive? It certainly appears so.

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The Hidden Consequences of Marijuana Addiction

If pot is this addictive then what are the consequences of sustained use? Well, some are outlined above, like the link between major psychotic disorders and heavy marijuana use. Other effects, though, are subtler.

Consider those seeking substance abuse treatment. According to new numbers, 17% of those seeking treatment in the U.S. list marijuana as their drug of choice.

According to Lissi Seneway, an addiction professional, marijuana addiction is quite real. “It’s amazing the number of patients I’ve encountered who are addicted to marijuana,” Seneway said. “They come into treatment and are made fun of by other patients. What those other patients don’t get is that marijuana dependence is serious.”

Wayne Hall also believes the recent trend of U.S. marijuana legalization hasn’t affected the rise of pot addiction. He’s quoted as saying,

“The number of cannabis users seeking help to quit or control their cannabis use has increased during the past two decades in the United States, Europe and Australia. The same increase has occurred in the Netherlands, where cannabis use was decriminalised [sic] more than 40 years ago” (The Daily Mail).

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The Final Verdict: Is Weed as Addictive as Heroin?

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So, is weed addictive? Is it as dangerous as heroin?

Well, yes and no. Weed is absolutely addicting, but it’s not as dangerous as heroin. Now, while pot happens to be a bit safer than shooting heroin, it’s still a good idea to abstain from smoking it.

Lissi Seneway had the following to say about whether pot is addicting,

“More people need to realize the dangers of marijuana abuse and addiction. Just because a drug is thought to be harmless, doesn’t mean it is. For people who are addicted to marijuana, it’s a very real danger. They smoke all day. They’re addicted.”

It looks like the attitude that weed’s harmless, that it’s safer than other drugs, has actually contributed to its danger. If everyone has a relaxed attitude about marijuana, they’re more likely to ignore potentially dangerous effects – like its link to mental illness.

Let’s stop bickering about whether weed is addictive. Let’s stop downplaying weed addiction. Let’s open our eyes and face the truth. Marijuana is a drug and drugs are addictive. End of story.

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Marijuana Abuse: True Facts and Statistics About the Most Popular Illegal Drug

Written By: Fiona Stockard

Marijuana Abuse Facts and Statistics

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Marijuana’s the most popular illegal drug around. This is true today and has been true for decades.

Marijuana’s popularity, among other reasons, has lead to A LOT of false information. Case in point is the old movie Reefer Madness. So, what’s the truth? What are real marijuana abuse facts? What are accurate marijuana abuse statistics?

Discover true marijuana abuse facts and statistics today!

Marijuana Abuse Facts

Find eight marijuana abuse facts below:

• Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the world. More people use and abuse marijuana than any other illegal substance.

• There are three main types of marijuana: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis sativa forma indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

•Marijuana belongs to the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants. This is the same family as hops and hackberries. So, beer and marijuana are actually brothers or, at least, second-cousins.

• The main psychoactive chemical in marijuana is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. However, there are over sixty other psychoactive chemicals in marijuana. These are called cannabinoids and include cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG).

•Cannabinoids are incredibly lipid soluble. This means it’s rapidly absorbed into fat tissue and accounts for the long period of time marijuana can be detected in the body.

• Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance by U.S. drug laws. This means it has no medical use and a high potential for abuse. However, twenty-four states have legalized medical marijuana. Additionally, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

• There are eight medical conditions for which patients are commonly prescribed medical marijuana. These are: cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, muscle spasms, seizures, severe pain (usually due to cancer or AIDS), sever nausea (usually due to chemotherapy), and wasting syndrome (dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy, usually due to late stage cancer and AIDS).

• Medical marijuana is sometimes prescribed in pill form. There are two THC containing pills currently approved by the FDA. These are Marinol and Cesamet.

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Marijuana Abuse Statistics

Find eleven marijuana abuse statistics below:

• NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) identified marijuana as the most commonly abuse drug in the world. In 2008, between 120 and 190 million people used marijuana at least once. This breaks down to between 2.9% and 3.4% of the entire world’s population.

• In 2007, a study reported that upwards of fourteen million Americans engaged in marijuana abuse during the past month.

• It’s estimated that 1% of American adults abuse marijuana. This breaks down to roughly thirty-five million adults.

• According to a 2014 PEW research study, 52% of Americans think marijuana should be legal.

• Approximately 9% of those who abuse marijuana become addicted, or mentally dependent, on it.

• In 2008, marijuana accounted for over 320,000 treatment center admissions. This breaks down to about 17% of all drug rehab admissions.

• Also in 2008, marijuana abuse sent upwards of 370,000 people to the ER.

• In 2012, the average concentration of THC in marijuana was about 15%. This is a dramatic increase from the 4% THC concentration of the 80’s.

• THC oil extracts (either hash oil or the new trend of dabbing) are approximately four times stronger than traditional marijuana. This means the average concentration of THC in oil extracts is around 60%.

• In 2012, over 745,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana related offenses.

•Approximately 22 million pounds of marijuana are grown each year in the United States.

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What Do These Marijuana Abuse Facts and Statistics Mean For You?

These statistics and facts about marijuana abuse show a few trends. First, marijuana abuse is popular as ever! Marijuana’s the most abused drug in the world. It has been for a long time and will, most likely, continue to be for years to come.

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There’s also, in the U.S., a growing push towards legalization. These marijuana abuse facts tell us that twenty-four states have legal medical marijuana, four have legal recreational marijuana, and over 50% of American’s favor legalization. This may be a good thing. Because of marijuana’s popularity, regulations could help many users avoid dangerous situations (while purchasing and ingesting the drug).

These facts about marijuana abuse show that cannabis is becoming stronger. Compare a 4% THC concentration in the 1980’s to a 15% THC concentration today. That’s a dramatic increase. That’s just in traditional marijuana, too. Extracts, edibles, and other forms of marijuana are much more potent.

While considering the increasing strength of marijuana, the push towards legalization could be beneficial. Again, regulations and uniform potency will allow users to know exactly what they’re eating, smoking, or vaporizing.

Finally, these statistics and facts about marijuana abuse show that cannabis isn’t as dangerous as it’s made out to be. Yes, drug abuse of any kind is dangerous. However, with a slim 9% of those who use and abuse marijuana becoming addicted to it, marijuana addiction simply isn’t the major public health concern media outlets portray it as.

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