Marijuana Drug Facts

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MMJ is a drug obtained from the dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains psychoactive compounds like THC, CBD, etc. Some states in the USA like California, Colorado, Illinois, etc. have made MMJ medically legal where only a certified medical professional can prescribe the drug. But the prevalence of MMJ abuse had increased rapidly.

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MMJ Abuse

According to some trusted sources, nearly 15% of the people who enrolled in a rehabilitation program are MMJ users. People consume MMJ through smoke (Cigarette or a cigar) or mix it in the food and eat it, or they take it in the tea.

Some intense users take MMJ via a resin-like substance that makes them high. They are called “Dab,” which appears like a candy or a wax-like viscous material. These dabs are made of butane which makes it even more lethal due to this deadly combination. An employer can track MMJ abuse using a 5 panel drug test for screening employees.

Effects of MMJ Abuse

  • Alteration in senses like seeing brighter colors, etc.
  • Confusion and aggression.
  • Mood swings.
  • Involuntary motor movement.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Impairment in memory.
  • Paranoia.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Delusion and Hallucination. ( High doses)
  • Psychosis. (regular usage)
  • Increase in heartbeat and BP.
  • Cardiac arrest. ( Extreme cases)

Does MMJ use Lead to Other Drug Usages?

In most cases, MMJ users do not move to other hard substances. It is not yet proved that MMJ is a gateway drug, and so there is no such evidence regarding MMJ use leading to other drug addiction.

Effect of Growing MMJ Indoors & Secondhand MMJ Smoke

Growing MMJ indoors has been increasing at an accelerated pace. Learning how to grow MMJ indoors is one of the top trending topics in MMJ. This is contributing to poor health due to excessive mold spore levels due to the elevated temperatures, humidity, and organic material in these operations. Further, they are hard to spot by law enforcement.

Secondhand MMJ smoke may contain THC, a potent chemical that can cause the same effect of the drug on secondhand smokers. This might have a negative impact on your drug test. Prolonged exposure may even lead to health problems like heart and lung diseases, etc.

Can you fail a drug test through secondhand smoke? - Maybe or maybe not. Check out the blog to know more.

Detection of MMJ

Drug amount in ng/mL

Detection Window

Greater than 100 ng/mL (Urine) 

5 hrs to 30 days ( Sometimes 60 days)

50 to 300 ng/mL (Saliva)

2 to 5 hours

MMJ can be detected through urine drug tests as it can remain in your system for a maximum of 60 days after your last consumption. But for a saliva drug test, the drug may stay in the swab for nearly  2 to 5 hours after the previous consumption.

Ensure that you do a personal urine drug test and a saliva drug test before giving your real drug test. This will help you to face the drug test with confidence. DrugTestPanels offers the best and quality drug testing kits for your personal and employer screening.


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