How Do I Know If Someone Is On Marijuana?
Probably one of the most common questions many people have when it comes to drugs is how to tell if someone is on marijuana. Many drugs may create very distinguishing signs of use, but marijuana may or may not, depending on the person and other factors.
Marijuana is a drug that goes by many slang terms including weed, pot, grass, Mary Jane and many others. It comes from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, and it can be smoked in many forms including in pipes, water pipes, marijuana cigars, and in cigarettes rolled by hand.
In some cases, marijuana may also be turned into a tea, or baked into foods, and it does have some medicinal purposes, although it’s only legal for these purposes in some states. It’s also recreationally legal in some states for people who are a certain age.
The reason marijuana has an effect on people is because it contains a psychoactive chemical called THC, and many other compounds that are similar or related to THC.
It’s not unusual for people to wonder what the signs of marijuana use are because it’s the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S., and it’s particularly common among teens and young adults.
For some people, the impact may be minimal and may simply leave them feeling relaxed, while for other people they might have sensory perception experiences.
If someone ingests marijuana in food or drink, it typically takes longer for it to affect them.
While many people use marijuana because it does allow them to experience pleasant feelings, this isn’t the case for everyone. Some people experience everything from anxiety to a sense of panic or hallucinations with the use of marijuana.
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In general, the following are some of the most common symptoms someone is on marijuana:
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Laughing inappropriately or uncontrollably
- Seeming confused or unable to maintain a conversation
- Talking about things unrelated to a conversation
- Increased appetite including binge eating, particularly sweets
- Lack of energy
- Excessive sleep
- Lack of motivation
- Paranoia or a sense of panic
- Poor coordination
- Delayed reaction times
- Altered sense perception
Marijuana is also a drug unlike many others in the fact that it has a very potent odor that ‘s hard to get rid of. Many people compare it to a skunk-like smell, and it can cling to hair, clothes, bedding, furniture and other items after smoking.
As with most other drugs, there are behavioral shifts that may seem subtle or gradual at first, but as a person continues to abuse marijuana, these may become more prominent.
For example, one of the common signs someone is on marijuana is being secretive or discontinuing normal activities. People who are on marijuana and regularly using it may stop hanging out with their social groups and meet new friends, or they may seem distant or preoccupied. One of the biggest behavioral signs of using marijuana is also a loss of motivation.
In some cases, people who are chronically using marijuana may begin to do more reckless things, such as driving while high. They might also start to experience serious relationship problems or find themselves facing legal troubles.
Some of the paraphernalia associated with marijuana includes rolling papers, pipes which can be made of different materials including glasses, roach clips, bongs, cigar paper, e-cigarettes.
There is an increased amount of THC in much of the weed available today according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and this high potency can lead to psychiatric problems.
For example, one of the signs someone has used high-potency marijuana is the presence of sudden psychotic symptoms, like the sense of being disconnected from reality.
These signs and symptoms are more likely to occur in someone with a pre-existing mental health disorder, but they can happen to anyone.
Also if someone is a long-term, heavy user of marijuana, they may experience mild withdrawal symptoms if they stop using the drug, such as irritability and problems sleeping.
If you see warning signs of marijuana use such as red eyes, delayed reaction times and increased appetite, you might want to have a conversation with the person and determine whether or not a problem exists. Many people don’t feel like marijuana use is a problem, but it can lead to issues ranging from trouble in school or at work, to relationship problems. It can also increase the likelihood of someone participating in risky or dangerous behaviors, and there are even more severe risks associated with particular types of very potent marijuana.
In most ways, the use of marijuana or having a substance use disorder related to marijuana is similar to other addictions, but it may be easier for people who participate in treatment to overcome their use of marijuana.
There are many forms of treatment available to help people stop using marijuana including cognitive-behavioral therapy, therapeutic management of behavior, and motivational therapy. Qualified medical or mental health professionals may also be able to help you identify potential treatment options, particularly if the person you suspect is on marijuana a minor.