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Drugs have been a problem in our society for many years They have been used and abused by many groups including professional athletes It is certainly quite common to hear about or read about athletes and drug use Although drugs have a lengthy history of use by athletes they have varied effects on the body and different preventions Much of the worlds supply of cocaine is produced in South America Thousands of years ago the ancient Incas of Peru chewed coca leaves because they made it possible for themto work in the high mountains of the land for longer periods of time In the 1880s Boliviansoldiers were given the drug to help them gain endurance and overcome fatigue It wasnt until the early years of the 20th century thatcocaine increased in popularity among athletes Coca Cocaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid extracted from the leaves of the coca plant Eighty thousand tons of coca leaf will eventually produce about 200 tonsMarijuana was first smoked as a medicine as early as 2737 BCE in China Marijuana is amixture of leaves stems and flowering tops of the hemp plant The hemp plant has thehighest cannabinoid concentration found in the flowering tops Marijuana is referred to asgrass pot tea or weed The hemp plant grows wild through most of the world and canbe cultivated in any area with a hot season It grows best in central Asia The mainpsychoactive compound in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinal better known asTHC a strong hallucinogenic that passes from the lungs into the blood and the brain TheTHC content of marijuana has increased eight fold in the last few years and some nowexceed 10 percent Hash oil may contain 15 to 30 percent THC Marijuana is by far themost frequently used illicit drug in the United StatesMarijuana enhancement anabolic-andogenic steroids are todays
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