Effects of Marijuana to Teenagers

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“The Extent of Marijuana Users among Teenagers of Poblacion District III in LaPaz, Leyte”

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According to an article in the website of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe. It is also smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. This mode of delivery combines marijuana's active ingredients with nicotine and other harmful chemicals. Marijuana can also be mixed in food or brewed as a tea. As a more concentrated, resinous form, it is called hashish; and as a sticky black liquid, hash oil. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor.” It is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. (http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana)

According to one research, approximately 9 percent, or about 1 in 11, of those who use marijuana at least once will become addicted. This rate increases to 16 percent, or about 1 in 6, if you start in your teens, and goes up to 25-50 percent among daily users. Moreover, among young people in drug abuse treatment, marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of admissions: 61 percent of those under age 15 and 56 percent of those 15-19. This shows that a considerable percentage tried or continued abusing marijuana. (http://www.drugabuse/research-2011)

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Furthermore, marijuana is illegal and teenagers who use it can be caught. Also, since marijuana is illegal having it on a teenager's record can be harmful to job or college chances. In addition, marijuana use can be affected by other drugs. Finally, the use of other drugs can precede the use of marijuana. The effects of marijuana use on teenagers vary, but they are all equally negative. Thus, the researcher focuses on the extent users of marijuana among the teenagers on Poblacion District III, LaPaz, Leyte.
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