The use of weed has now become a norm in Canada since it’s legalization , First it was believed to be used medicinally only but contrary to belief it was always used as a recreational substance .The evidence of its recreational use dates back to the Greek Era , where a Greek historian Herodotus observed a Iranian-nomadic group Scythians inhaling the smoke of the plant to get steamed , or to get high. It was also used widely in the Middle East by the Arabs and was first called as hashish there, but was soon deemed illegal since the use of such substances were prohibited in their religion.
Since it is widely used medicinally there are certain controversies and misconceptions about the use of weed among the teenagers and their parents too.
Most of the parents fail to believe that their kid might have a knowledge of weed or know how to use it ,But weed has become popular more than other drugs which are believed to be dangerous cocaine, Heroin, LSD or alcohol in the recent years.
WHY THE USE OF WEED HAS BECOME POPULAR AMONG YOUNGSTERS?
NATURAL HERB :
Many parents and their kids think that marijuana is a natural herb and has less or no-side effects since it comes from a natural source and if grown organically it can have less negative or side effects , this is a total misconception and weed(marijuana) whether grown organically or inorganically has the same chemical constituents which can lead to serious side effects.
More than 11% of the population aged between 15-24 experienced depression in their lives and depression is a mental illness which is still in some areas is considered as a taboo and teens experiencing it fear to seek any parental help or medical help , they try to solve the chaos in their mind on their own which also leads to the use of many substances including weed pot. Unemployment is also one of the biggest factors to aggravate depression in teens and adults.
Most of the teenagers whose parents already use marijuana as a recreational substance and approve it for their use also seem to develop the mind set that the use of weed is normal and doesn’t has any side effects on the mental or physical health. They tend to use or try it in their adolescence because they already have access to it and parental approval too.
TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES :
Teens who had experienced emotional or physical abuse in the past tend to use weed more than others , they see at as a way to forget their past traumatic experiences , pain and fear which may include physical , domestic violence or sexual abuse from their parents , teachers , loved ones or others. Bullying is also a factor that comes into this list, teens who experiences bullying used weed frequently than others.
Most of the teenagers find it exciting to try out new stuff and label it as an adventure, they try to use weed often when bored or alone, they also want to escape their feeling of loneliness and anxiety. They rather prefer the feelings of relaxation, contentment and euphoria.
STRESS and PROBLEMS:
Most of the teenagers were reported to claim that they while on weed had better experiences in solving their problems for e.g.: while taking an exam or going for a job interview, or controlling other stressful conditions, but it can be dangerous practice too because a overdose can lead to serious consequences too and a habit or mind-set might also develop that without their required dose they are nothing and can’t achieve their desired goals and achievements in life .
SOCIAL MEDIA PEER PRESSURE:
Minds of the teenagers have been compromised by social media nowadays and most of the teenagers even adults feel responsible to follow the new-trends and information without thinking about its consequences, whether it is true or false or whether it can be beneficial or harmful for them , They are determined to use weed and other substances to stay connected socially or digitally and to remain acceptable in their society, some also use it to look popular and cool or due to the fear of abandonment by their company or friends.
RISKS OF USE IN EARLY AGE:
If weed or marijuana is used in early age or in adolescence years it is reported that due to its potent constituent THC which is a psychoactive agent, and it has more potent effects unlike caffeine, theophylline etc. Its use could lead to negative effects on the minds of the young and there can be a risk of psychosis, hallucinations, impaired cognition, problems in memory and learning and the brain when matured or reached to an age of 21 could develop schizophrenia or dementia which could lead to poor quality of life which can result in a negative impact on the career of an individual.
CBD is the only FDA-APPROVED component of weed which is widely used for medical conditions in children like epilepsy, Tourette’s disorder, pain, seizures, Cancer induced pain and nausea etc. However, scientists are still researching its effects on the minds of the young and is usually employed if prescribed by a medical practitioner.
LEGALIZATION OF USE OF WEED:
Weed became legal in Canada on 17th of OCTOBER 2018 but the most surprising factor was that since the legalization of weed the percentage of its use amongst the teenagers aged 15-17 recorded a decreased from 20% to 10% according to Statistics by Canada’s National Cannabis Survey. It is due to the availability and the sale of weed in the black market , since it was labeled as legal now there are proper physical stores and online- dispensaries set up in different states for instance visit budstars which sells weed for medical and recreational purposes in the form of edibles, vapes ,oils and tinctures.
As compared in the past now it’s sale in the black market is illegal and is against the law. This resulted in the proper selling of weed in the country in which a proper ID is required and an adult or 18+ can only buy it, which resulted in the drop in use of weed by adolescents. This also resulted in the check and balance of strains that weren’t adulterated and were potent enough to be used successfully.