Do you support the idea of using recreational marijuana? Do you proudly support the practice of prescribing medical marijuana? Regardless of popular or personal opinion, the truth is simple. While marijuana may help patients suffering from chemo or AIDS, the fact of the matter is simple. Cannabis is still a drug, and it can still cause long-term emotional and behavioral problems in the long run, especially for juveniles and young adults. 2017 studies revealed that approximately 71% of high school seniors do not believe the process of smoking marijuana can harm a person. Furthermore, another study (published this year) shed light on the ways teens consume this drug. Let’s take a closer look.
Methods of Consuming Marijuana
Typically, people consume marijuana in one of three ways:
- Smoking is the quickest way the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) reaches your brain. People typically use rolled cigarettes (joints), bongs (water pipes), hollowed cigars (blunts), or resins.
- Eating and drinking marijuana are slower methods for receiving a “high.” By consuming it through teas, baked goods (brownies, cookies), or candies, the drug will affect the body in 30 minutes to 2 hours. Also, the euphoric sensations produced by eating or drinking marijuana last much longer than the effects of smoking or vaping.
What Teens Prefer
The study produced by JAMA Network recently revealed that teenagers preferred to experiment with less conventional methods of consuming marijuana, in contrast to past methods. As part of the test, the following statistics were calculated based on the experiences of teenagers who openly admitted to using this drug:
- 61% enjoyed mixing multiple methods when they consumed cannabis
- 31% admitted to using combustible cannabis
- 21% preferred to consume edibles (baked goods, candies, drinks, and other food products containing marijuana)
- 5% preferred vaping
- 2% combined methods
One of the concerns voiced by researchers is the availability of the drug. These professionals believe false marketing or poor perceptions of the drug in modern culture can mislead teenagers into having an overly positive outlook on marijuana, thereby increasing the possibility of abuse or addiction.
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