6 Things You Should Know About Marijuana

22 Apr 6 Things You Should Know About Marijuana

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Marijuana is currently the most common illicit drug in the United States. Its legality is contested and medical use is common. Here are 6 things you may not know about marijuana to help better educate yourself and your teen.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Marijuana

By Teen Rehab

Marijuana is currently the [most common illicit drug](http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/marijuana/) in the United States. Its legality is contested, and medical use is not uncommon. Here are 6 things you may not know about marijuana to educate yourself and your teen on. 

  • 1. It's Naturally Derived

    By Teen Rehab

    One of marijuana's key selling features is that it is [naturally derived](http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana). It is taken from the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds of hemp plants. 

  • 2. There Are Legality Issues Surrounding It

    By Teen Rehab

    The legality of marijuana is heavily debated. In many states, medical use of marijuana is permitted, but a prescription is required. However, in [Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska](http://www.governing.com/gov-data/state-marijuana-laws-map-medical-recreational.html), both recreational and medical use of marijuana is fully legal.

  • 3. It Can Be Consumed in A Variety of Ways

    By Teen Rehab

    Marijuana can be taken in a [variety of ways](http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana). It can be both rolled and smoked into a joint, or smoked through a water pipe or a vaporizer. It can also be baked into foods such as cakes and brownies. Consuming marijuana this way tends to produce a [stronger and longer-lasting high](http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/13/smoke-vs-snack-why-edible-marijuana-is-stronger-than-smoking.html) than smoking it. 

  • 4. The Short Term Side Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    [Short term side effects](http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-marijuana-relieves-or-exacerbates-anxiety-270717) of marijuana use include loss of focus and memory, inability to problem solve, increased appetite, distorted perception and increased heart rate. In some individuals, marijuana use can also [induce anxiety and depression](https://ncpic.org.au/professionals/publications/factsheets/cannabis-and-mental-health/).

  • 5. The Long Term Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    [Long term](http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/drugs/marijuana.html#) marijuana use can affect parts of the brain used for memory retention and multi-tasking. In addition, long-term effects include respiratory issues such as bronchitis or chronic coughs, fertility issues for both men and women, and immune system problems. It can also lead to emotional instability.

  • 6. The Medical Argument

    By Teen Rehab

    One major argument in the debate over the legalization of marijuana is in its use as a [prescription medication](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/marijuana.html). Marijuana is prescribed in some states to help with issues such as anxiety, chemotherapy-induced nausea, or malnutrition from a lack of appetite. 

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