Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa and produces an active chemical called THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.

What does Marijuana look like?

Marijuana is usually sold as the dried out and shredded parts of flowers, stems, seed and leaves. It can appear as green or brown and the smoke has a distinctive and pungent odor.

How is Marijuana used?

Marijuana is usually smoked in a joint (cigarette) or in a pipe (sometimes called a “bong”), but it can also be mixed in food or brewed as a tea.

Effects of Marijuana

Physical effects include:
* Impaired coordination
* Increased heart rate
* Reduced blood pressure
* Dry mouth and throat
* Red, bloodshot eyes
* Nausea
* Headache
* Increased appetite
* Reduced blood flow to the brain
* Changes in reproductive organs

Psychological effects include:
* Distorted perception of sight, sound, time and touch
* Difficulty thinking and solving problems
* Poor memory
* Sleepiness
* Paranoia
* Anxiety

Long-term effects include:
* Problems with learning and memory

Consequences of Marijuana

Despite popular opinion among abusers, long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction. Long-term abusers report withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleeplessness, anxiety, drug craving and decreased appetite. Chronic marijuana use has been shown to increase rates of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideas, and schizophrenia. Studies also show that marijuana smoke contains high concentrations of carcinogens and that smoking five joints a week is the equivalent of smoking a full pack of cigarettes every day.

Marijuana Facts and Statistics

* Marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogens than tobacco smoke.
* 25 million Americans over the age of 12 abused marijuana at least once in the previous year. (NSDUH, 2006)
* In 2006, 10.3 percent of 8th graders, 24.6 percent of 10th graders and 31.7 percent of 12th graders abused marijuana. (MTF, 2007)


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3 Responses to “Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana”

  1. Tessa

    This is probably the WORST article in google!!
    My mom is medical marijuana patient for the reason of her having Breast Cancer,She is a Breastcancer survivor of ten years marijuana helps her with her pain,appetite,and sleep.

  2. Joseph

    I agree! This is terrible. Marijuana should be legal in every part of the world. It is not addictive and it’s not a DRUG! It’s a HERB!
    Oy reason they call it the gateway drug is because people don’t get addicted to it, so they move on to a different drug! I’m 15 and I smoke marijuana. I don’t abuse it though. I only smoke it when me and my friends get really bored and we love the taste of it. Recreational!

  3. Thomas

    This site is slightly biased, but rather accurate. weed affects everyone differently. My experiences with marijuana coincide with this article fairly well. It is a horrible “DRUG” for the reason that it is harmful and many people are convinced that it is not. I used to be a chronic user (get it CHRONIC user) anyways in my younger days i found that weed had no fault. To me it was the wonder drug that made me happy with absolutely no consequence. A more educated and mature me knows that this is wrong. weed SHOULD be illegal and only used when someone is dying or in chronic pain. such as cancer. my mom died from breast cancer and it made her happy to eat weed sometimes. she couldnt smoke because her lungs were messed up. it increased her appetite.