By Mary-Kate DiMartino and Caterina Coppola


Marijuana is a drug that comes from dried hemp leaves. In the hemp leaves is a chemical called THC. THC enlarges the blood in the lungs and brain. When the blood vessels are enlarged, more oxygen enters the brain giving you the light headed "high" feeling.

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is the up and coming way to treat chemotherapy patients and patients of anorexia, unexplained weight loss and tuberculosis. Marijuana, as medicine, can stimulate appetite and can subside vomiting and nausea. These benefits are what is leading doctors to start prescribing medical marijuana.

Some risks of this treatment is how marijuana can put you at risk for different types of cancer, like lung cancer. According to the mayo clinic from the article from Science in Context, marijuana smoke contains between 50% and 70% more carcinogens than does tobacco smoke. Marijuana is most likely to weaken the immune system and that would in turn affect the already weaken immune system of the cancer patient. Long term use can lead to addiction and increases the anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. According to the article from Science in Context, the NIDA dos not endorse it as a medication because it contains many chemicals with unknown health affects. Marijuana is classified as a high addictive drug and is not recommended for medicine despite its benefits.

Support Systems

Marijuana addiction is very serious and there are many set ups for support systems for those who need the help that they need. Support systems include local and online groups. They use tools and special strategies that will help those who are addicted. Medications and counseling are offered and the support group help provide resources for those addicted. Withdrawal makes quitting hard and the support groups help those to set goals. Goal setting is a big part of the process and encouraging the person to stay on track is key. Local support groups are available as well as groups like the Marijuana Addiction Treatment Center, which is specifically for this drug abuse. Smart Recovery and Treatment Solutions are two of the many online groups that are available to those who need it. The support groups are very helpful to those who are struggling with marijuana abuse.


Withdrawal is serious and can cause serious symptoms to the individual who are experiencing that. Symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, stomach upset and irritability. These symptoms cause quitting to be hard. According to the article from Science in Context, NIDA has found that those who try to stop using the drug have trouble quitting


Hash is also a product from the hemp (cannabis) plant. Hash can smoked or eaten if cooked in with other food such as brownies.
The Science Behind Marijuana

getting "high"

the amount of time you are high on marijuana is different for every user. It depends on weight, height, general health, the type of cannabis strain, and the persons tolerance but most highs will last 2-3 hours. Some of the high effects include increase in appetite, changes in perception of pain and time, enhanced taste and smell, more sensitive to heat and cold, more visibly distinct objects and intensified hearing.