Earlier this month, 19-year-old music megastar Justin Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol on his flight to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport—and so we begin this bizarre airborne tale. According to the NY Daily News, the flight captain continuously warned Bieber’s crew to stop smoking pot and harassing the flight attendants. To make matters worse, the pot smoke was so heavy on the plane that the pilots reportedly wore oxygen masks to avoid showing up positive on drug tests! Because of his disrespectful and all-to-entitled behavior, Bieber was questioned upon arrival in New Jersey. Though no unsmoked weed was found during the plane’s search, canine cops found luggage that reeked of marijuana. Eventually, Bieber’s personal trainer and assistant ‘fessed up to putting their names on Bieber’s bags so nothing would be traced back to the pop star, his father, or their guests. Sigh. Back in January, Bieber was charged with DUI, and he also has two pending assault charges. The Effects of Marijuana Nearly 24 million Americans use illicit drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and prescriptions—and marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug of all. Now that states are beginning to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the drug is becoming more and more socially acceptable. When huge pop culture figures like Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus are open advocates for the substance, it sends a message to young people that marijuana is cool, and so they follow suit.
- 9 percent of people who use marijuana will eventually become addicted. [The National Institute on Drug Abuse]
- 60 percent of 12th graders don’t view regular marijuana use as harmful. [National Institute of Health]
Marijuana is a mixture of dried seeds, stems, and other parts of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Its primary active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. When marijuana is smoked, THC enters the bloodstream from the lungs, impairing memory, coordination, concentration, and perception. With primarily psychological side effects, long-term marijuana abuse may lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of schizophrenia, which can cause severe depression
- Risk of heart attack
Regular users who attempt to quit smoking pot often report similar symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, including irritability, insomnia, and depression. Marijuana Treatment