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What You Need to Know Before Using Marijuana for Recreation

Using marijuana for recreational purposes exhibits different symptoms. Moderate use can lessen the harmful effects it can give to our bodies.

Marijuana use has been prevalent in most countries, especially in Western areas. Some states still ban its use and on the federal level, its use is still prohibited. Using marijuana comes in different forms. You can use it with a pipe or bong, a cigarette (joint), or blunt—a cigar casing filled with marijuana. Sometimes, cannabis can be mixed in food or brewed as tea.

Addiction to marijuana is possible if a person becomes dependent on it. For a person who uses it daily, withdrawal from this substance can cause several effects. It may interfere with their personal and social life if abused.



Facts About Marijuana in the United States

Here’s what you need to know about Marijuana over the years:

  • There have been different views on legalizing marijuana, depending on the age groups and political parties. Although support increased across demographics over time.

    Millennials, Baby Boomers, and Gen X favor legalizing marijuana in the United States. A decade ago, these age groups increased their support to speed up the process. Although the earlier generations are silent about the legalization, they seem to favor it.

  • Supporters and opponents on legalizing marijuana cited different views and opinions. 

    One of the strongest points of marijuana supporters is that there is a perceived medical benefit. It can also free up law enforcement as there will be a shift of focus on other types of crime.

    In Spring 2019, a survey was conducted to support the claims that marijuana is suitable for medical and recreational use. However, opponents expressed their opinions by saying that it can increase car accidents for drivers who use marijuana. There are people as well saying that it can lead to more people using more vigorous and more addictive drugs.

  • District of Columbia and eleven other states legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use.

    The National Conference of State Legislatures has confirmed that there are states in America that allows the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. That covers 29% of the adults in the whole United States. Some states have reinforced laws reducing criminal penalties for marijuana-related convictions.

  • About 48% of American adults claimed to have used marijuana.

    The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health confirmed that American adults were exposed to marijuana consumption. This percentage is much lower than the amount of alcohol and tobacco users. Moreover, according to the survey, 16% of these adults have used marijuana over the past year, while 11% used it for the past month.

  • Two-thirds of the population in America favors legalizing marijuana all over the country.

    Based on a September 2019 Pew Research Center survey, there has been a steady increase in public support for legalizing marijuana on the federal level. Over the past decade, only 63% oppose approving marijuana for medical and recreational use.


Facts About Marijuana for Recreational Use

Recreational marijuana has several possible effects for first-time users. Here are some of those e effects:

  • A false sense of time
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased sense of taste, hearing, and sight
  • The feeling of joy and relaxation
  • Loss of coordination, especially in driving
  • Difficulty in telling the difference between oneself and others
  • Difficulty in problem-solving
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, or overly suspicious and distrustful

All of these subside after a few hours or days. Additionally, these signs that often describe a person using marijuana:

  • Difficulty remembering an event that just happened
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble when it comes to walking
  • Feeling silly and giggly for no reason
  • Red and bloodshot eyes

All these effects fade after a few hours, and the user can experience sleepiness. People who have been using marijuana for a long time may have experienced repeated and uncontrolled vomiting or known as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Usually, a hot shower can ease this down, but most people seek medical help.

The moderate use of marijuana can control the possible effects it can exhibit to a person’s health. So, as always moderation should be exercised when using cannabis recreationally.

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