Marijuana Detox And Treatment In Yukon
What is marijuana?
Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, and is usually a green, brown or gray mixture of the dried stems, flowers, leaves, and seeds of the cannabis plant. The primary reason that marijuana is used for recreational use is because of the psychoactive drug/mind-altering compound THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol , which is naturally occurring in the cannabis plants. Cannabis plants that are grown specifically for recreational use will have varying levels of THC in them. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in Canada, and with recent legalization in the country, the drug is more accessible to those of legal age who wish to use it. Within the Yukon territory, marijuana is used by people from all backgrounds, and the drug can cause addiction and dependency. Marijuana will create a dependency because of the THC, which is the psychoactive component. Marijuana is used in many different ways, and the most common method is smoking the drug. When marijuana is smoked, it passes through the lungs into the blood stream, and is then carried throughout the body. The THC in marijuana will specifically act on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, causing the relaxed state and feeling of euphoria. Higher amounts of THC can cause feelings of anxiousness, paranoia, depression, and in some rare cases suicidal thoughts. Marijuana use among adolescents is dangerous because of how underdeveloped the brain is, and the risks it poses with developing learning problems and mental-health issues. THC in marijuana directly impacts a person’s sensory and time perception, and will amplify a person’s emotions, and distort their sense of reality. Marijuana will also directly impair a person’s judgment, motor skills and coordination, making it dangerous and illegal in the Yukon to operate a vehicle when under the influence of marijuana.
How potent can marijuana be and how is it used?
The potency of marijuana or the strength of it is correlated to the amount of THC the marijuana contains, and how that THC will directly impact the user. Different strains of marijuana will have varying levels or strengths of THC in it. For example, medical marijuana has very low amounts of THC, and the chemical found in medical marijuana is called cannabinol. Recreational marijuana will either have high amounts of THC or be on the lower end, and with recent legalization in the Yukon, the marijuana that is grown and sold to adults is strictly regulated. Marijuana can be used in a variety of different ways, and the most common method for use is to smoke the drug in a pipe/bong or as a joint or marijuana cigarette. However, the smoke from marijuana has the same number of carcinogens in it as tobacco smoke and will cause four times as much tar to be left behind in the lungs. Heavy marijuana users will experience respiratory problems, and some will suffer from bronchitis. Other methods that marijuana is used is through mixing it in with food, such as baked good or edibles, which are illegal to sell in Canada with the recent legalization. Marijuana can also be made to drink as a tea or a liquid, and the more common method now is using a marijuana extract in a vaporizer.
Marijuana use in the Yukon
Currently in the Yukon territory, roughly 23 percent of the population has reported to using marijuana according to recent stats Canada report. The recent legalization of marijuana has made it more accessible for adults, but adolescents can still find ways to access the drug. It is important for parents and guardians to speak to their children about the dangers of marijuana and help them make informed decisions. The highest amount of marijuana use in the territories is taking place in the larger northern cities.