Marijuana – Cannabis
- What is marijuana?
- How is marijuana used?
- Marijuana effects?
- Is marijuana addictive?
- Marijuana – Risks?
Marijuana – What is it?
- Marijuana, or cannabis, comes from a plant (other common names – “pot,” “weed”).
- The dried buds of the female plant contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds.
- These buds are usually what is sold and consumed as marijuana.
- Marijuana usually costs about $10-$20 a gram.
Marijuana – How is it Used?
- Marijuana is usually smoked, although it can be eaten.
- Joints are the most common method of smoking but a wide range of pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other devices are also used.
- Marijuana can be prepared in butter or cooked directly into foods for ingestion.
- Often people will cook with the leaves of the plant rather than the buds.
Marijuana – Effects?
- In small quantities, users find marijuana both relaxing and stimulating.
- The senses are enhanced, as well as the appetite.
- In larger quantities (or with stronger strains) the effects may feel similar to LSD or Mushrooms. Users may experience nausea, mild hallucinations, anxiety, or paranoia.
- Marijuana tends to cause an increase in heart rate, reddening of the eyes, and dryness in the mouth.
- Marijuana is used medicinally to treat the symptoms of a number of diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS.
Marijuana – Addictive?
On average researchers have determined that 1 in 10 marijuana users feel some sort of dependence, experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and depression.
Marijuana – Risks?
- Smoking anything, including marijuana, can damage the lungs, throat, and mouth.
- Marijuana is a Schedule I narcotic, and getting caught with it can lead to serious consequences.
- Marijuana slows down reaction time and impairs driving.
- Some people feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or paranoid after using marijuana.
- Marijuana can have synergistic effects with other drugs, increasing effects of both.