The World Health Organization ranks the United States first among 17 European and North American countries for prevalence of marijuana use. In 2010, an estimated 2.4 million Americans used marijuana for the first time, greater than one-half were under age 18.
The use of marijuana can produce adverse physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral effects. It can impair short-term memory and judgment and distort perception. Because marijuana affects brain systems that are still maturing through young adulthood, its use by teens may have a negative effect on their development.
Marijuana is a drug derived from the cannabis plant that is also commonly referred to as Mary Jane, weed, pot, chronic and boom, to name a few. Though illegal for recreational use, it is legal in some states with a doctor’s prescription in order to treat certain medical conditions. It can be purchased legally with a prescription or illegally on the street. Some people grow marijuana because it is derived from a plant, though this is a lengthy process. With continued use, a person may become psychologically addicted to the high it produces. No matter how long marijuana dependence lasts, there is always hope.
Marijuana is frequently perceived as a benign substance but its use can cause lasting effects on adult functioning. A Better Life Recovery’s emphasis on the development of life skills can reverse the effects of marijuana use during adolescence and assist the individual to create a healthy lifestyle free from mind-altering substances.