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Reading is located in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. It is the fifth most populated city in the state with a population of 88,082 as of the 2010 census. The city runs along the Schuykill River on the west side, Neversink mountain to the south of the city, and Mount Penn to the east that gives a beautiful view of the city. Reading is surrounded by many family owned farms in the rural areas. Marijuana growth farms are hiding in the cities surrounding rural areas and farms. Local police are doing all the can to stop the cultivation and distribution of the drug but it is still spreading into its city being sold to its residents and others in the Pennsylvania area.
Marijuana Abuse in Reading, Pennsylvania
“Burnout” is a term used by marijuana smokers when referring to themselves as a way to describe the effects of long term marijuana use. The long term use of Marijuana can cause the user to feel dull, slow moving, and inattentive, unaware of their surrounding and unintentionally ignoring people speaking to them at time These burnout’s do not realize they have a problem, or they just choose to ignore it.
Marijuana, its effects on your mind and body
Marijuana is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. You may hear marijuana called by street names such as pot, herb, weed, grass, Mary Jane, or chronic, the list goes on with more than 200 slang terms for marijuana. The drug is mind altering, containing THC as the main active chemical out of over 400 other chemicals found in marijuana. The THC content determines the effects marijuana has on its user. Marijuana is known to increase the heartbeat and pulse rate, causes bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat. Depending on the amount of THC in marijuana it can increase the heart rate as much as 50 percent, causing chest pain in people who have a poor blood supply to the heart. Marijuana can also be harmful to the lungs of the user, inhaling the unfiltered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs as long as possible, the smoke is in contact with lung tissues for long periods of time causing irritation to the lungs and causing irreversible damage. Those who are chronic users of Marijuana become dependent on the drug and begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, stomach pain, aggression, and anxiety.