Annually, Virginia State Police partners with the DEA and local law enforcement to intercept the manufacturing of illegal drugs in the state. Late last month, helicopters were seen flying across the Scott County in support of marijuana eradication efforts.
Marijuana is a plant which is generally used as a chemical enhancement. Just like alcohol or various opiates, the substance can be used for recreational or medicinal purposes, but it can also lead to dependence if misused or abused. Most enthusiasts don’t believe they can develop a dependence because it’s literally a weed. But as science verifies all the time, not all plants are safe for ongoing human consumption. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance on the planet for specific reasons. It’s easy to grow and maintain, it stores well, it’s easy to buy and sell, and it provides a quick and effective high. Before the user knows it, marijuana dependence is developed and takes over the user’s life.
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Any chemical substance can overstimulate the human body and lead to addiction. This can include alcohol, harsh chemical drugs, plants, and even bagged sugar. While considered a “weed”, the marijuana plant, medically known as cannabis, contains high levels of a distortive chemical called THC which is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol. When overseen and used correctly, the plant can aid in several medical treatments and pain relief. However, it is most commonly used recreationally for the high it provides when smoked or eaten.
Marijuana stimulates the human brain’s endocannabinoid system – a group of receptors responsible for the mediation of physiological processes including appetite, mood, memory, and pain threshold. THC causes the brain to release dopamine, a chemical which creates euphoria. The more dopamine the brain creates, the more it craves. The effects of marijuana can last a couple hours before dying off again. After continual use, the brain’s craving for the substance responsible for the elevated levels, in this case marijuana, is demanded until a dependency forms.
THC interferes with the hippocampus by causing hallucinations, change established thought patterns, create delusions and alter memories. Signs of cannabis dependency include needing more of the substance to get the same result, changing plans or avoiding responsibilities to use cannabis, inability to cut down or stop using, and withdrawal symptoms.
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