Introduction According to the World Drug Report 2012 (2012), Cannabis, (Marijuana), was the world’s

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Introduction According to the World Drug Report 2012 (2012), Cannabis, (Marijuana), was the world’s most widely produced, trafficked, and consumed drug in 2010. The World Drug Report (2012) indicated that there was somewhere between 119 and 224 million adult marijuana users worldwide. In 2010, marijuana use was most prevalent in Australia and New Zealand followed by the U.S. and Canada who came in second place. Marijuana use is on the rise again among adolescents and teens and continues to be the most widely used illicit drug among our nation’s youth. The marijuana addiction rate has increased for all age groups, and one out of every six adolescents who use marijuana develop an addiction to it. Additionally, the Monitoring the Future…show more content…
2011). External factors such as weather and soil can help determine the percentage of THC that is found in a particular plant which can affect how big of a kick a particular batch of marijuana has (Russo, 2013). Through the use of modern farming techniques, hemp growers have developed strains of cannabis which have much higher levels of THC than in the past. THC levels averaged 1% in 1974 and 4% in 1994. In 2008, levels reached 9.6%,which is the highest level since analysis of the drug began in the 1970’s (US Today Magazine, 2008). Marijuana Usage There are numerous ways to use marijuana. The most common method to use marijuana is to smoke it as a cigarette (joint,) or in a pipe (bong). Additionally, marijuana can be smoked in a blunt; which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana. Often times, when marijuana is used in a blunt it is combined with an additional drug such as crack cocaine. Marijuana can also be used mixed in food or brewed as a tea. Likewise, there are others who smoke Marijuana in pipes or eat it after it is baked in food such as brownies. Marijuana as a more concentrated, resinous form is called hashish, which is often used in vaporizer or a bong. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive smell which is usually a sweet-and-sour odor (Inaba, &

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