Marijuana is a dried herb of the hemp plant. Cannabis refer to marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant. Earlier it is used to treat certain medical disorders and later many people tried using it as a drug. But now marijuana use has become so immense that it became a major problem in many developed countries.
Many studies have shown the harmful effects of marijuana on one’s health. THC is the main active element chemical in the drug which made it so harmful. Some short time effects of marijuana use include problems with memory, difficulty in thinking, loss of body mind coordination, increased heart rate and anxiety.
Apart from these the reports from National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2009 showed a startling number of US kids abusing marijuana. According to the report, an estimated 104 million Americans aged 12 or older have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime. This number represents 41.5 % of the US population in that age group. Addition to that NSDUH results indicate that 18.1% of 18-25 year old and 4.6% of those aged 26 or older reported past month use of marijuana.
This shows the severity of the situation. Every day the number of people using marijuana are increasing and simultaneously the death rate related to marijuana use is also on rise.