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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Is marijuana a gateway drug? Marijuana is a natural substance from the Cannaceae family and contains the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. It creates a short-term euphoric effect along with longer-lasting pain relief and mood-enhancing properties. For some people, smoking marijuana can lead to other drugs if they are not getting the help …

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What Is THC?

While marijuana can’t cause fatal overdoses, ingesting large amounts can cause symptoms like anxiety and psychosis. Marijuana causes relaxing and calming emotions, as well as intoxication. Intoxication can impair your judgment and coordination, as well as cause negative emotions, like paranoia. THC is responsible for many of the mood-altering effects you experience when using marijuana. …

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6 Reasons Synthetic Marijuana Is More Toxic Than Pot

Synthetic marijuana is one of the best-known “designer drugs” on the market, and despite legal efforts to curb its use, it’s still a big public health problem. The dirty secret about synthetic marijuana (otherwise known as Spice, K2, Yucatan Fire, JWH-018 and other names) is that it’s nothing like marijuana. With symptoms ranging from agitation …

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What Are the Key Characteristics of Daily Marijuana Users?

Anyone who uses marijuana has a significant chance of developing a diagnosable case of marijuana addiction (known technically as cannabis use disorder). As a rule, the risks for addiction rise sharply in people who use the drug every day or almost every day. In a study scheduled for publication in October 2014 in the journal …

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Street Names for Common Drugs

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the many street names for common illegal drugs, you’re not alone. After all, they were created to confuse, divert and otherwise dodge the suspicions of law enforcement, parents and teachers. Some street names have entered the common vocabulary, while countless others remain obscure. Even so, a …

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Can You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Marijuana?

All around the United States, policies and public opinion surrounding marijuana are shifting. To date, 22 states allow medical marijuana use, six states have medical marijuana laws pending legislation, and two states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized it outright. However, this substance is still illegal according to federal law, and many employers in these states …

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A Functional Abuser: Why Successful People Abuse Drugs

When you come across the term ‘drug abuser,’ chances are that you immediately think of people who use drugs as a matter of circumstance. As recently as 2008, epidemiological studies have shown that the rate of drug abuse is higher among certain groups, which includes people with lower socioeconomic status. Other risk factors in the …

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