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Marijuana. (The “Hybrid” Drug). Types. 1. Marijuana – plant (cannabis) whose leaves, buds, and flowers are usually smoked for their intoxicating effects. 2. Hashish – more concentrated, stronger form of marijuana; high in THC

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marijuana

Marijuana

(The “Hybrid” Drug)

types
Types
  • 1. Marijuana – plant (cannabis) whose leaves, buds, and flowers are usually smoked for their intoxicating effects.
  • 2. Hashish – more concentrated, stronger form of marijuana; high in THC
  • a. effects felt within 10 to 30 minutes and last up to three hours
  • b. possible gateway drug

C . Gateway drug – a drug that may lead to other, more dangerous drugs

effects
Effects
  • a. Hallucinations and paranoia
  • b. Impaired memory, reaction time, concentration
  • c. Very similar to tobacco symptoms
  • d. Contains more carcinogens (anything that causes cancer) than cigs!!!
  • e. Increased appetite (munchies)
  • f. Females, risk of infertility; Males, lowered sperm count
effects1
Effects
  • f. Use triggers the release of dopamine (feel-good chemical in brain)
  • g. When so much dopamine is released, a “high” is achieved
  • h. Active ingredient is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The more THC, the more powerful the effects.
  • g. contains three times more tar inhalation than tobacco
street names
Street Names
  • known as grass, weed, pot, maryjane, kush
other info
Other Info

Medical Purposes

  • a. Marijuana is legal in some states for medicinal purposes
  • b. Helps control side effect such as nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy (cancer)
  • c. Increases appetite and stalls the loss of lean muscle mass for people with AIDS
  • d. Can only be prescribed by a doctor!