Cannabis

Dope, grass, head, Mary Jane, bud, Marijuana, weed

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a common name for the dried leaves and flowers of the plant Cannabis Sativa. It has the same meaning as Marijuana when talking about the drug. They use the term "Cannabis" when talking botanically, and the term "Marijuana" when talking about the drug. It can be smoked in cigarettes "Joints" or water pipes "bongs" often mixed with tobacco. It makes the users feel happy and relaxed.
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5 Facts about Cannabis/Marijuana

  1. 42% of the people in the United States have tried Marijuana
  2. Marijuana has been legal for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and is still legal till this day.
  3. Over 800,000 people in the United States are arrested for Marijuana use each year.
  4. Legal marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the U.S in 2015
  5. The first recorded use of Marijuana was in China, 4,700 years ago.

Cost of Cannabis

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Affects of Cannabis

Health:

  • Asthma and Breathing Problems
  • Memory Loss
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Hallucinations
Cosmetics:

  • Blood shot eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
Social:

  • Anxiety of paranoia

Real Life Story

I am 16 years old. When I was 11, I started smoking cigarettes because of a friend. At age 12, I started getting into alcohol and hanging out with gang members. At 13, I started smoking marijuana. At 14, I started doing hard drugs. I pulled a knife and swung at my dad. Luckily, I missed. I love my dad because he is the person who brought me into this world. I didn't realize that if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here.

When I was using marijuana, I had a lot of problems. Me and my dad got into a fight. We were hitting each other. The cops came. I tried to jump over the wall in my backyard. The cops grabbed me, and handcuffed me. My mom and dad had to decide whether to send me to juvenile hall. My mom said yes but my dad said no. I was released but that didn't stop me from using drugs. When I was in the 7th grade, I got arrested for possession and use of marijuana. I was kicked out of school for a year. After that year, I didn't go back. I was kicked out by my parents. After 4 years of life on the streets, I was hanging out with my homies, getting drunk and doing dope every day.

Now I have been drug-free for almost a year. I finally came back to school. I am succeeding in school and life. I realize now that doing dope is not cool. I want to finish high school and go to college. I want to be an attorney. I hope my story touches somebody's heart, and I hope that whoever reads it will realize that doing drugs is not the way to go.