By: Elle J. & Anna K.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a substance from the hemp plant with many mind-altering chemicals, usually for a temporary effect, causing relaxed muscles and hallucinations.
What are the Effects of Marijuana?
- Altered senses
- Distorted sense of time
- Mood changes
- Impaired body movements
- Difficulty in thinking and problem-solving
- Impaired memory
- Red eyes
- Dry Mouth
- Sensation of hot or cold
- Increased heart rate
- Relaxed muscles
How is it Used?
- Can be smoked in hand-rolled cigarette "joints," or in pipes "bongs"
- More users have started using vaporizers, which allow for the collection of active ingredients while leaving out harmful smoke
- Can be mixed into most foods such as brownies, cookies, candies, or even brewed into tea
What are Alternate Names for Marijuana?
- Cannabis (scientific name)
Some More Facts:
- Most commonly used non-legalized drug in America
- Only about 9% of users become dependent
- About 42% of people in America have tried it at least once
- Females are shown to be more susceptible to the effects of marijuana, likely due to higher estrogen production
- Over 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana-related offenses each year
- Has effective pain-killing effects, the term for medical use is called "medical marijuana" and is legal in some states for that purpose alone
- Marijuana is one of the less harmful drugs, though excessive use can still cause long-term mental issues and effects similar to that of a cigarette user (if they're a smoker)
- Marijuana is becoming more and more accepted, this year being one of the first that there has been more support then opposition for it's legalization
Where Can You Get Help for Marijuana?
- drugfreeinfo.org: 1-866-242-4111
- wdm.iowa.gov: 222-3517
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