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Fact Check: Marijuana Use among Teens As the youth of America has progressed through, and continues to face the wild ride we call adolescence, various trends and practices have come in and gone out of fashion. It seems imperative to note that, as is custom for the youth culture, the necessity to rebel in an effort to find a sense of belonging, self-sufficiency and independence goes hand in hand with the discovery of self that is adolescence. In my own process of self-discovery throughout my teenage years and my assessment of what I know about teenage rebellion, I have found that the majority of the youth population around me has, at one point or another, turned towards some type of illegal or mind-altering substance use as an escape, an outlet, or simply a new experience. Marijuana, as a member of the group of aforementioned substances, exists as a drug that thrives so successfully among the American youth population that it, and its users, have become a completely independent subculture. ‘The Marijuana Culture’ and its members are defined by certain characteristics, practices, and attributes. In the process of identity formation, teenage marijuana users experience various aspects of maturation differently than non-users. In researching marijuana, I have learned a significant amount about its qualities, the effects it has on teens, who the users are and why they use it, why marijuana use begins among teens, and what society has to say about this incredibly ubiquitous trend. The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes marijuana as a “mind-altering” or “psychoactive” drug. In other words, the use of such a substance changes the way the user’s brain works while it is under the influence of the drug. The drug, which is derived from the cannabis plant, is generally smoked out of something called a ‘joint’, which strongly resembles a
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cigarette. Some put the marijuana or ‘weed’ into a “pipe or water pipe, sometimes referred to as a bong. Some users mix marijuana into foods or use it to brew a tea. Another method is to slice open a cigar and replace the tobacco with marijuana, making what's called a blunt. Marijuana cigarettes or blunts sometimes contain other substances as well including crack cocaine” ( http:// www.drugabuse.gov/MarijBroch/teenpg3-4.html ). PBS’s Frontline illustrates the timeline of marijuana use, sale, and production in the United States beginning around the early 1600’s when the drug was referred to as ‘hemp’ and existed as a material used to make certain fundamental commercial products. “American production of hemp was encouraged by the government in the 17th century for the production of rope, sails, and clothing. In 1619 the Virginia Assembly passed legislation requiring every farmer to grow hemp” ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/etc/cron.html ). It was not until the late nineteenth century when marijuana use became an oral trend, and at the time the drug was sold in public pharmacies for medicinal purposes. “After the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Mexican
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course EDUCATION 819 taught by Professor Polchinski during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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