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4 Facts About Marijuana You May Not Have Heard

Marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is defined as the "greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa-the hemp plant."  Marijuana is an illegal drug in the United States but is actually quite harmless compared to other illegal and legal drugs. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the US. Forty- two percent of Americans reported that they have used marijuana at least once.

Here are 4 facts about marijuana and its use that you may not know:

#1: Marijuana is the only drug that most of its users have taken.

Some people call marijuana a "gateway" drug, which means its use will cause more people to use other, harder drugs. This, however, is not statistically a true statement. Marijuana doesn't cause people to use other drugs, as the majority of marijuana users never use other illegal drugs besides marijuana.

#2: Most people who use marijuana only use it occasionally.

Most of the people who use marijuana don't use it on a regular basis. There is no scientific evidence that suggests it is possible to become addicted to marijuana, so addiction does not influence the amount that marijuana is used.

#3: Potency of marijuana does not affect your health.

Recently, media has made a large deal out of the fact that in recent decades the potency of marijuana has increased. However, the THC in marijuana (the main component of marijuana), regardless of how potent it is, is "virtually non- toxic to healthy cells or organs, and is incapable of causing a fatal overdose," according to our Federal Government’s own data.

#4: Marijuana does not cause cancer.

Several studies have proven that long- term use of marijuana does not increase a person's risk of colorectal, lung, melanoma, prostate, breast, cervix, or other tobacco- related cancers. There was actually a study conducted that found that moderate marijuana smoking over a period of 20 years reduced the risk of head and neck cancer.

Contact Retreat at Lancaster County to discuss this or other topics related to drug addiction, addiction recovery, relapse prevention and more. We are located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and can arrange immediate transport from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and surrounding states.

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