It has been reported that high school students are smoking cannabis using e-cigarettes. This phenomenon has become quite widespread around high school campuses in the United States.
One-fifth of the students in high school smoked e-cigarettes using pot besides nicotine. This shocking news emerged after studying 4000 teenagers. It seems the right instrument in the wrong hand spells trouble.
E-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer version of normal run-of-the-mill cigarettes. But when they are employed to vaporize marijuana, the results are higher concentrations of the intoxicating stuff.
The chemical agent inside marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This substance is psychoactive. The forms of marijuana that can be vaporized include hash oil which is ten times more denser than the ordinary stuff.
Of the students who used e-cigarettes, a full 18% employed them to smoke cannabis. And many of those who employed e-cigarettes also went on to use regular cigarettes. Males were found to be more likely to do this than females and younger students had a greater susceptibility towards performing the act than older students. The deleterious effects of the e-cigarette cannabis smoking remains a mystery.
Basically e-cigarettes are a method of smoking marijuana without appearing to be hippies. It is the “in” thing and is much cooler than holding a reefer in your hand and wearing love beads and bell bottoms a la 60s fashion.
Since e-cigarettes are battery-operated, they lend the smoker a hiding place of sorts and hardly get noticed. But the only problem is that the dosage of the drug they deliver is very high indeed. And that could indeed prove detrimental to health.
In fact, it could be downright deadly. The habit is catching on in high school settings and this spells trouble. Furthermore, the smell of the drug in vaporized form is not so strong and therefore it allows the drug addict from getting caught so easily.
Some students were even pouring wax into their e-cigarettes. The whole procedure is as easy as ABC. The drug is easy to load and can be disposed off at a moment’s notice. The worrisome trend has been compounded due to the legality of smoking marijuana in many states.
Marijuana is about as familiar to a high school student as algebra or dating. The first moment of smoking the drug is an exciting prospect for a high schooler. Almost like meeting his girl at the prom, the intoxication is very real. But it is the after-effects that are devastating. Cannabis destroys the brain especially when smoked in large quantities.
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The study was published Monday in Pediatrics.