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FACTS ABOUT MARIJUANA. PAUL G. BLAZER SENIOR HIGH SOPHOMORE HEALTH BY AJ “DOC” STADELMEYER FALL 2009. Marijuana. Often called pot, grass, weed, reefer, dope, mary jane, bud, sinsemilla. It is smoked or eaten. It looks like dried parsley mixed with stems, buds and seeds.

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facts about marijuana





FALL 2009

  • Often called pot, grass, weed, reefer, dope, mary jane, bud, sinsemilla.
  • It is smoked or eaten.
  • It looks like dried parsley mixed with stems, buds and seeds.
  • It’s main ingredient is Tetrahydrocannabinal, also called THC
  • The scientific name for marijuana is cannabis savita.
  • This is another form of marijuana.
  • Also called hash or hash brownies.
  • It is eaten or smoked.
  • It looks like brown or black balls or cakes.
  • Hash oil looks like concentrated syrupy liquid varying in color from clear to black.
  • The oil is mixed with tobacco and smoked.
  • Also called THC
  • It is the main active ingredient in marijuana and hashish.
  • It can be smoked or taken orally in a pill form.
  • In pill form it looks like soft gelatin capsules.
effects of marijuana
Effects of Marijuana
  • The immediate effects of marijuana use are blood shot eyes, increased heart rate, dry mouth and throat, increased appetite, short term memory loss, altered sense of space and time, loss of concentration, impaired coordination, impaired vision, paranoia, loss of knowledge retention, coughing, fatigue, dizziness.
marijuana and thinking
Marijuana and Thinking
  • People do not retain knowledge when they are high.
  • You are unable to learn or remember anything when you are high.
  • Comprehension of new information is lost.
  • Long-term users of cannabis may develop psychological dependence.
  • They develop tolerance to marijuana; they need more and more of the drug to get the same effect.
  • The drug becomes the center of the users life.
  • Marijuana is considered highly addictive.
  • Withdrawal from marijuana can last 3 to 6 months.
other ingredients
Other Ingredients
  • Marijuana contains over 421 different chemicals besides THC.
  • Some of these chemicals are 50 to 100% more carcinogenic (cancer causing) than the chemicals in tobacco.
  • Marijuana contains more cancer causing agents than tobacco.
marijuana smoke
Marijuana Smoke
  • Because marijuana smokers tend to inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and then hold it in their lungs as long as possible, the smoke is more damaging to the lungs and respiratory system than tobacco smoke is.
marijuana users
Marijuana Users
  • The average age for beginning marijuana use today is 12. The younger the user, the worse and longer the effects.
  • Marijuana is a Gateway Drug.
  • 90% of cocaine users smoked marijuana before trying cocaine.
facts about marijuana users
Facts About Marijuana Users
  • They often have a chronic, hacking cough and red eyes.
  • They usually need money and can’t account for where their money has been spent.
  • They often sell or trade personal items from their home for marijuana.
  • They have a low tolerance for rules and authority.
facts about marijuana users ii
Facts About Marijuana Users II
  • They are often disrespectful to adults.
  • They have poor impulse control, leading to sudden outbursts of laughter, anger or depression.
  • Their thinking and memory are damaged. Often they can’t remember what happened yesterday.
facts about marijuana users iii
Facts About Marijuana Users III
  • They can’t use their mind for tasks such as school work or jobs.
  • Depression, self-absorption, manipulative behavior, and frequent lying are common.
  • Deteriorating performance in school and at work, along with non-participation in sports and other school activities is common.
facts about marijuana users iv
Facts About Marijuana Users IV
  • They are prone to legal problems for driving violations, shoplifting, and vandalism.
  • They have poor judgment and show a detachment from reality.
  • They often show drastic changes in behavior, appearance and personality in a short period of time.
facts about marijuana users vi
Facts About Marijuana Users VI
  • They are usually reluctant to talk about new friends with their parents.
  • They tend to have discipline and grade problems at school, especially after using marijuana for awhile.
  • They usually abandon their old friends for their new drug using friends.
more information about thc
More Information About THC
  • Today’s marijuana smoke contains 5 to 10 times more THC than the marijuana available just 5 years ago.
  • THC can remain in the body’s fat cells for over a month and show up on certain drug tests for up to 3 months.
  • Marijuana with high THC content (3 – 20%) can trigger panic, anxiety, flashbacks, hallucinations, and toxic psychosis.
legal information
Legal Information
  • Marijuana has been illegal to possess, use, or sell since 1937.
  • It is a Schedule I drug, along with other “hard” drugs like cocaine, heroin, LSD etc.
  • It is a felony in KY to use or possess marijuana.
  • Possession of more than __?__ounces will result in a drug trafficking charge.
legal information ii
Legal Information II
  • Possession or use within 1000 feet of any school is also a separate felony charge.
short term effects of marijuana use
Increased heart rate

Blood shot eyes

Dry mouth and throat

Increased appetite

Change in body temperature


Slowed Reaction Time

Decreased vision

Decreased coordination




Short term memory Loss

Short Term Effects Of Marijuana Use
short term effects of marijuana use ii
Reduced attention span

Loss of balance




Decreased eye pressure

Distorted senses and perception of reality

Increased blood pressure


Injuries from accidents

Deaths from accidents

Legal Problems

Short Term Effects of Marijuana Use II
long term effects of marijuana use
Loss of money and financial security

Psychological dependence

Asthma, Bronchitis

Respiratory System Damage

Decreased Sex Drive


Delusions, Panic


Amotivational Syndrome

School Problems

Family Problems

Legal Problems

Long Term Effects Of Marijuana Use
long term effects of marijuana use ii
Long term memory loss

Brain tissue damage

Damage to unborn babies

THC Tolerance

Immune System Damage

Damage to chromosomes, DNA and genes.

Cancer of the lung, throat, mouth


Aggression and hostility

Long Term Effects Of Marijuana Use II
long term effects of marijuana use iii
Damaged and decreased sperm in males

Disrupted menstrual cycles in females

Fetal Marijuana Syndrome (similar to FAS)

Pituitary gland damage

Difficulty in forming concepts and thoughts


Heart Disease


Increased illnesses

Long Term Effects Of Marijuana Use III