Is Marijuana Bad For You?

marijuana leaves

marijuana leaves

The answer as to whether or not marijuana is bad for you is variable. Marijuana is a mind-altering drug that is made from dried out leaves, flowers, and stems of the cannabis plant. The chemical present in marijuana that results in a euphoric feeling, or the feeling of being “high”, is called THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I Substance, which are defined as “drugs, substances, or chemicals…with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Marijuana is becoming legalized in different states in America, but this does not minimize the potential for abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in ten marijuana users over the age of eighteen will become addicted, and affects younger people even more, as one in six marijuana users under the age of eighteen will become addicted. 

How Long Will It Last?

There are several methods of ingestion such as smoked via hand rolled cigarettes, also known as joints, packed into pipes, and/ or smoked out of water pipes (bongs), inhaled or vaped via a vaporizer (using marijuana extract), baked into food (edibles) or steeped into a tea to drink. If an individual smokes marijuana, whether it is via a dry pipe, water pipe (known as a bong) typically the effects of the drug are felt within ten minutes and will last between two to four hours (in some cases longer). When a person eats marijuana by mixing it with food or liquids, the effects occur around thirty-to-forty minutes post ingestions, as one’s body must digest the drug through their digestive tract. The effects can last longer and be more intense when eaten. Marijuana remains in one’s system long after the effects have worn off. The half-life, meaning the length of time the substance will remain in one’s system until the concentration in one’s blood has been reduced by half, of marijuana is approximately 67 days.

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Elevate Wellness Center offers a full continuum of care, including medically supervised detox, stabilization, residential treatment, and aftercare services. We are here to support you every step of the way to help you learn how to lead a healthy, authentic, and fulfilling life that both promotes and supports true wellness.

If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. Our admissions team is available to answer any general questions regarding substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues, treatment, and/or specific questions about our program here at Elevate Wellness Center. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to help you or your loved one in the recovery process. Feel free to reach us by phone at 855-778-8668 or through our contact form. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.