Hrishikesh Vaddineni

Marijuana, An Illegal Drug!

Often used to make oneself calm, marijuana is a hallucinogen that comes from the Cannibas sativa. It contains mood-altering capabilities. People can take the drug by smoking it through a cigarette, a cigarette, pipes, and blunts, but some use vaporizers to avoid inhaling smoke. Marijuana can also be taken through edibles, including brownies, cookies, and candies.

The Effects of Taking Marijuana

Short Term Effects

  • Poor coordination in movements
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • An increase in heart rate
  • Reaction time decreases
  • Sense of time is altered
  • Craving for food
  • Bad driving behaviors
  • Short attention span
  • Mood changes

Long Term Effects

  • Growth Disorders
  • Difficulty in education
  • Capabilities of immune system is lowered
  • Unable to understand things
  • Number of male sex hormones are reduced
  • Brain injury and lung damage
  • More difficult to fight common illnesses
  • Sexual capacity is reduced
  • Lack of motivation
  • Number of abnormally structured cells increase

Signs of Abuse

The signs of abuse for marijuana include decrease in sleep, irritation, dry mouth, mucus-filled coughs, mood swings, giddiness, depression, heart rate increases, appetite decreases, wanting more drugs, and red eyes.

Dependence Type is Psychological

One who takes marijuana will have an urge to use it again for emotional reasons.

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction:

Development of tolerance

Can't control amount of marijuana used

Spending a lot of time with marijuana

Lack of responsibility

Avoid personal problems

Taking for the sake of pleasure

Continued use despite problems created

Not attending to usual activities

10 Street Names for Marijuana

  • Boom
  • Baby Bhang
  • Blanket
  • Bo-Bo
  • Bomber
  • Broccoli
  • Cripple
  • Dagga
  • Dinkie Dow
  • Ding