Pot is used for many reasons, some personal, and some medical. When its primary active ingredient THC is ingested, it produces a relaxed state; it heightens your senses, it causes people to relax and release tension, it is known as a painkiller or pain manager, it can lower the perceived threat of harm which in turn makes people feel more calm. THC stimulates appetite and relieves nausea. It is more socially acceptable than ever before.
Potential risk is downplayed by some of the pro-pot folks.
Potential risk is overplayed by some of the anti-pot folks.
There are some studies that found teens who smoke pot area able to manage the same grades as those who abstain. There’s heaps of conversations about the medical benefits of marijuana for patients with chronic pain and other conditions, which are improved by consuming pot products. It’s not all bad. It’s not all good.
The truth is this: many who smoke pot, about 10%, become dependent. For those starting as adolescents it is closer to 20%. Many that use pot will have little or no adverse affects.
Pot’s a lot like alcohol in that way. Most use alcohol with impunity. No harm. No foul. A drink or three from time to time makes for good release or an enhanced evening with friends. For the alcoholic, or a person prone to addiction, alcohol use veers from a positive to a negative.
The same rings true with pot. For some, a few hits here and there are seemingly harmless and have negligible risks. For others, it can cause chaos and snowball into trouble.
Every family needs room for conversation on the risks association with this leafy green herb. People for whom pot is a problem have a hard time keeping the behavior and the THC in their bodies from interfering with school, employment, family, and the drive to set and achieve goals in life.
Pot can – for some folks – diminish one’s will to progress in life.
Visit our list of FAQ’s below to learn more.
What Is Pot?
Pot and marijuana are the most common names for Cannabis sativa, which is a green leafy plant that is smoked or ingested as a drug to get ‘high’. The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
What Does It Look Like?
Pot is a green leafy herb plant that some what resembles tobacco. For smoking purposes, better quality marijuana is made using only the flowering buds of the plant while lesser qualities contain more ‘filler’ and include the leaves, stems, and seeds of the plant. It can be a variety of colors, like green, brown, and even a grey color.
Do You Have to Smoke It?
Pot is usually smoked as a joint that is rolled like a cigarette or in a pipe. It may be smoked as a blunt which is a rolled in cigar paper and is thicker than a joint. It might also be used in a vaporizer that allows you to ‘smoke’ the pot and only ingest the THC without any actual smoke. A water bong might be used whereby the smoke is inhaled through a container that holds water and a pipe reservoir in which to burn the plant. It can be consumed as a tea or combined in food such as ‘pot brownies’ where it is baked into the brownie mix and then consumed.
What Does Pot Do to My Brain?
THC, the active chemical in pot, reaches your brain within moments after inhaling. It zings and sings its way through your bloodstream while you start to relax, your eyes begin to dilate and things start to show up more intense than they were a few minutes ago. Depending on how much or how strong the pot is, the effects can be felt for some time before they begin to wear off.
While all this is going on, there are changes being made to your brain that affect how you make decisions. Your coordination might be affected, your short term memory might be shorter, and your ability to learn and problem solve can be compromised.