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Las Vegas is located in the state of Nevada in Clark County. It is the most populated in the state and the 28th most populous city in the United States with a population of 583,756 according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. Known as “Sin City” because of its tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment and with the moto “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. The city is an internationally renowned major resort city for gambling, shopping and fine dinning.
Las Vegas is also a very popular setting for films and television programs. It is the Entertainment Capital of the World and is famous for its casino resorts and live entertainment. There are many amazing outdoor lighting displays and beautiful buildings throughout the city. Most of the fun and sight seeing is right on the Las Vegas Strip. It is not all fun and games, the city also has a growing retirement and family community.
Substance Abuse in Las Vegas
Drugs and alcohol are being abused throughout the city of Las Vegas as their own form of entertainment. Marijuana is the most widely abused illicit drug in the city and the problem extends to all ages above 15 years. Marijuana consumption is high especially among the ages 15-25. There are also a large number of people in and around the city who cultivate their own supplies of marijuana. Mexican marijuana is the most widely available breed of marijuana in the city. As of 2007 there was 1,507 treatment admissions for Marijuana use throughout the state of Nevada, According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Marijuana, known as cannabis, with street names of weed, pot and many others. Marijuana is a mixture of dried, shredded leaves, seeds, stems and flowers of the hemp plant. The chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly know as THC, is found in Marijuana. THC is what gives the mind-altering psychoactive effect marijuana abusers look for. There are nearly 400 other chemicals commonly found in marijuana such as carcinogenics.
Marijuana is highly addictive, having more people diagnosed with marijuana dependence than all other illicit street drugs. Marijuana users normally rolled into a cigarette commonly known as a “joint.” Users will also smoke marijuana threw a pipes, bongs or other smoking paraphernalia. Users will also slice open cigars and replace the tobacco with marijuana calling it a “blunt”. Marijuana is also commonly mixed into foods or brewed in to tea.
Just a few minutes after inhaling marijuana smoke the user will begin to experience loss of coordination, rapid heartbeat, slow reaction time, dry mouth and feelings of intoxication. Blood vessels in the eye expand giving the user puffy red eyes. Marijuana has been known to raise blood pressure and raise heart rate to almost double its normal rate. Effects of Marijuana can be heightened with combined with alcohol or other drugs.
There is research also showing the long term effects Marijuana has on a persons health. Long term Marijuana use can damage the brain. THC suppresses the neurons in the information processing part of the brain used for learning, memory and sensory system that regulates emotional and motivational in the brain. Use of Marijuana during pregnancy has been directly associated with impaired verbal reasoning and memory in preschool children.
In studies on animals the chronic exposure to THC is know to damage, even destroy nerve cells and cause pathological changes in the hippocampus part of the brain. Regularly smoking marijuana can have many effects on the respiratory system, having similar health problems to that of an tobacco smoker. Marijuana smokers can have symptoms of chronic bronchitis such as daily cough and phlegm and frequent chest colds. Lung tissue is injured and destroyed with long term use of Marijuana causing abnormal function of the lungs and airways.
Las Vegas, Nevada Rehabs
Do not wait any longer, contact a Las Vegas Nevada rehab program today and start on the road to recovery. Marijuana is a psychological addiction requiring intense therapy to kick the habit. You friends and family are your greatest asset in recovery, we will help you to make amends and heal any broken relationships so you will have the support system needed when you leave the program. Do not let Marijuana control your life any longer. Contact a Las Vegas Nevada rehab today.