Marijuana Use Starts Early

Homeless individuals or even those individuals with home and are illicit drug users of marijuana claimed that they have been using marijuana since they were in their teens/ during their early adolescent stage. Age ranging from 12 – 17, the average age reported when the adolescents started to use marijuana is when they were thirteen (13) years old. Moreover, age ranging from 18 – 25 started to use marijuana when they were in junior high, aging (15) years old (citation). Annually, there is an average of 80,000 marijuana drug users ranging from 12 to 13 years old.

Although in year 2006, there is 2. 1 M American citizens who used marijuana. Put into account that 63. 3 % of 1. 3 M acknowledged as drug users were under-aged—the drug users were reported to be below 18 years old. Moreover, using the illicit drug, marijuana has more likelihood for the drug user to be exposed and to be prone to use or abuse other prohibited drugs. In addition, the early use of illicit drug marijuana also has a probability of being more likely to develop a self-abusive substance dependence and abuse (citation).

For the eight graders in elementary education in the United States, 600,000 of them were reported to have tried using marijuana. The ratio is one is to seven (1:7) or estimate of 14. 2 %. Meanwhile, an estimate of 243,000 or a ratio of one is to 17 (1:17) of the eight graders have used marijuana in the previous, recent month. The years noted namely 1992 and 1996 marked the highest number of eighth graders who engaged in illicit marijuana (drug) use.

A percentage of 11. 2 % accounts for the eighth graders who have tried using marijuana in 1992; then, it declined in year 1996 where a percentage of 23. 1 % of the eighth graders have tried using marijuana. Apparently, the present percentage of eight grader marijuana (drug) users) is 14. 2 % which is 26. 8 % higher than the estimate of eight grader marijuana users in 1992 (citation). Tenth Graders For the tenth graders in elementary education in the United States, 1/3 of all 1. 3 M were reported to have tried using marijuana. The ratio is one is to seven (1:7) or estimate of 14. 2 %. Meanwhile, an estimate of 594,000 or a ratio of one is to seven tenth graders have used marijuana in the previous, recent month.

The years noted namely 1992 and 1997 marked the highest number of eighth graders who engaged in illicit marijuana (drug) use. A percentage of 21. 4 % accounts for the tenth graders who have tried using marijuana in 1992; then, it increased in year 1997 where a percentage of 42. 3 % of the tenth graders have tried using marijuana then the prevalence rate declined again. Apparently, the present percentages of tenth grader marijuana (drug) users are 31 % which is 44. 9 % higher than the estimate of tenth grader marijuana users in 1992 (citation).

High School Seniors Upon reaching the senior year in high school, 1. 7 M of the children/adolescents in the United States, were reported to have tried using marijuana. The ratio is two is to five (2:5) or estimate of 41. 8 %. Meanwhile, an estimate of 753,000 or a percentage of 18. 8 % of high school seniors had used marijuana in the previous, recent month. The years noted namely 1992 and 1999 marked the highest number of senior high school students who engaged in illicit marijuana (drug) use.

A percentage of 32. 6 % accounts for the high school seniors who have tried using marijuana in 1992; then, it increased in year 1999 where a percentage of 52. 5 % of the high school seniors have tried using marijuana then the prevalence rate declined again. Apparently, the present percentages of tenth grader marijuana (drug) users are 41. 8 % which is 28. 2 % higher than the estimate of tenth grader marijuana users in year 1992 (citation). Intensity of Use The prevalent rate of illicit drug use especially for users of marijuana has been very proliferating evident among children/adolescents between the years 1992 until 1999.

It has been a habit for some elementary 12 grader students in America to smoke pot or marijuana since they have been engaging in the activity of smoking the prohibited drug almost everyday of their lives. Decline in use of marijuana has been apparent in the latter years of 1990 though there have been no marked fluctuation or changes in the prevalence rates of illicit drug users starting year 1997. However, in year 2007, a probability of 204,000 senior students in high school had been reported to use the illicit drug, marijuana as frequently as everyday (citation).

Marijuana Potency: Not Your Mother’s Marijuana Hence, the composition of marijuana is a combination of large marijuana leaves, marijuana seeds, and twigs which are considered as a waste but a necessity for some illicit drug dependents/users. Furthermore, the addicting effect of using marijuana is more obvious as it has been widely used by many. Marijuana is a prohibited/illicit drug widely used nowadays and which is consisting of dried flowers shredded and mixed with twigs, stems, leaves and seeds from a flowering plant called cannabis sativa (citation).

A multitude of preparation is executed before taking this marijuana. A resin-like concentrate of hashish is being mixed with marijuana together with the tar-like hash oil and sinsemilla, extracted from other female, flowering plants to guarantee a psychedelic, hallucinating effect on the user. Procedures on How to Use Marijuana Usually rolled in cigarettes, marijuana could be sniffed and smoked or mixed in food. It is rounded in place of tobacco and it could serve as a cigarette where it could be lit and smoked. The illicit drug, marijuana could also be merged with “crack” or cocaine.

What makes the marijuana produce the “highness” effect in the drug user’s mind is the ingredient, THC or scientifically known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the main, active ingredient found in marijuana which initiates reaction in the cells of a human brain which causes the addictive reaction and feeling of “highness” in the drug user (citation). Effectiveness of Marijuana The effectiveness or influence of the illicit drug, marijuana is dependent on its THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) ingredient content of the drug.

Apparently, potency levels for marijuana are markedly increasing. In the middle years of 1970, an experimental study was conducted by The University of Mississippi and financially supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse or (NIDA) to test the THC level of potency of marijuana drug. The researchers came up with a Potency Monitoring Project testing the THC level present in illicit drug, marijuana and they found that THC level found in the apparent, seized marijuana confiscated from illicit drug users was below one (1) %.

However in 1985, there were only found an average count of THC or (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in the confiscated samples of the illicit drug, marijuana. The THC level increased of marijuana was reported to have reached 3. 5 % between the years 1992 and 2006. Noted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (NDCP), the researchers of the experiment (in their Potency Monitoring Project) confirmed that the concentrations of THC were found in the confiscated marijuana samples and reached a potency level of 32 %.

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