THE REASONS BEHIND THE USE OF MARIJUANA

THE REASONS BEHIND THE USE OF MARIJUANA

Marijuana, a natural psychoactive drug containing a high amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is popularly used as arecreational substance among teens and adult users,especially in countries that have legalized it.

Reasons of Usage

According to a recent study, there are various reasons why people used marijuana. Some use it out of external stimulus while others use it out of their own free will. Below arethe following motivations why the users indulge themselves in such activity:

  • Enjoyment

It gives a state of extreme happiness.

  • Social pressure

To be accepted in a certain group of people known as the cool kids, some teens smokemarijuana as a sign of conformity.

  • Curiosity

Some people tried it as experimentation.

  • Social & image enhancement

A pot session with friends strengthens the bond at the same time amplifies the “cool kid” image.

  • Boredom

It is used to stimulate the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for releasing the feel-good neurotransmitters—dopamine.

  • Relaxation

Marijuana stimulates the release of dopamine and oxytocin.

  • Stress & anxiety reduction

Smoking marijuana temporarily diverts the mind from stress and other mental illness to a state of euphoria.

  • Availability

Marijuana is a flexible plant that can survive in any weather as long as it is not extreme which makes it readily available to its various users.

  • Low health risk

It is believed that smoking marijuana while drinking prevents a hangover.

  • Experience &activity enhancement

Cannabis can give a burst of motivation that enhances productivity.

  • Thrill-seeking or rebellion purpose

Teens usually use it as a form of rebellion against their parents or the government.

  • Appetite boosting

It enhances the appetite.

  • Medical use

Some use it to treat diseases such as epilepsy and chronic pain.

  • Habit

Some developed it into a habit due to prolonged use.

Most of thesemotivations are prompted by peer pressure that is common among teens which in effect many have been long addicted to it since their adolescent years.The motivation to use it as a medicine ranks the lowest. For this reason, marijuana is illegal in other countries as it is associated with criminal activities. Hence, some people undergo THC detox to masquerade their activity which is considered offensive to a strict government.

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