About Marijuana
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. It consists of dried parts of the Cannabis sativa hemp plant. This plant contains over 400 chemicals.
Use
Marijuana is smoked and can be rolled in special paper (joint), as a cigar (blunt), or smoked in a pipe.
Street names
weed, grass, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, pot, chronic. There are many more.
Risks
Marijuana can interrupt short term and linear memory, increase heart rate, and raise anxiety. Use can cause nausea, paranoia, headaches, dizziness, confusion, respiratory problems and agitation. Regular use can lead to Amotivational Syndrome.
Warning
Medical reports show marijuana may cause cancer of the mouth and throat. Long term use can cause low sexual motivation and a lowered sex drive. Additionally, long term marijuana use can affect sperm count, menstruation and can result in erectile dysfunction.
Important Facts
Because marijuana is absorbed into fatty tissue, it takes the body a while to metabolize it. Drug testing anytime soon? A test can come back "dirty" even up to four weeks after use. A more advanced blood or hair test can detect use up to months later!
Fact or Fiction: Marijuana Is Not Addictive
Fiction. Research has proven it is addictive. More young adults enter treatment facilities with marijuana addiction than for all other drugs combined. Regular users who abstain for three days show withdrawal symptoms.