Some of the laws have been changed in a few states recently, but marijuana is still the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana, which is also called pot, weed, or one of several other nick names and slang terms, is usually a dry, mixed combination of the flowers, leaves and stems of the hemp plant cannabis. Cannabis plants can grow to around 18 feet tall, at an average of one to two inches per day, and are able to grow in just about any ecosystem.
The cannabis plant has many practical uses which do not include the use of marijuana. Hemp is often used as material for items such as clothing and paper products. The earliest drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper that was made from hemp.
However, there is marijuana abuse in the United States. Many Americans report that they smoke pot almost daily. Others say that they use it occasionally or socially. There are marijuana addiction treatments and programs available for those who have become addicted. The average adult who seeks treatment for marijuana abuse has been smoking the drug almost every day for about ten years, and has tried to quit at least six times.
The use of marijuana can cost you. There are at least 200,000 students in the United State who have been denied financial aid money for college due to having drug convictions on their records, and that includes marijuana arrests. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms often include insomnia, and approximately 46.9 percent of former marijuana smokers say that they experience some type of sleep problems. Many of them reported having disruptive sleep patterns and vivid dreams or nightmares.