Marijuana

By Scott Masters and Palmer Belowski

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Marijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa—the hemp plant.

How is it used in medicine and how does it interact with other medications

Marijuana is used many ways in medicine. People use it to calm themselves from stress, help with pain, nausea relief, and many other types of pain. Its also used in cancer treatment. Taking marijuana along with birth control pills might decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you take birth control pills along with marijuana, use an additional form of birth control such as a condom.

How is the Drug Administered

Marijuana is consumed in multiple ways. You can bake it into treats like brownies. You can roll it up into a joint and smoke it like a cigarette. You can smoke it out of a bong or pipe.

What are the Actual Effects?

Effects of marijuana vary with dose, route of administration, experience of user, vulnerability to psychoactive effects, and setting of use. Psychological: At recreational doses, effects include relaxation, euphoria, relaxed inhibitions, sense of well-being, disorientation, altered time and space perception, lack of concentration, impaired learning and memory, alterations in thought formation and expression, drowsiness, sedation, mood changes such as panic reactions and paranoia, and a more vivid sense of taste, sight, smell, and hearing. Physiological: The most frequent effects include increased heart rate, reddening of the eyes, dry mouth and throat, and increased appetite.

How Long Do the Effects Last?

The duration of a marijuana high usually depends on mode of administration. Additionally, the effects of marijuana vary by individual. Age, height, weight, and general health, amount of THC found in the dose, concurrent use of marijuana with other drugs, environment, mode of administration, the person’s level of tolerance to marijuana & THC, personal expectations, previous experiences with or exposure to marijuana, type of cannabis strain are all the ways to decide how long the effects of marijuana last.

What are the Tolerance Levels and Overdose Risks of Marijuana

A temporary overdose of marijuana can occur and is called “greening out.” It is important to understand that a temporary overdose of marijuana will not result in permanent disability or death, but can be quite common in people who have not used the drug often. The following are the symptoms of too much marijuana in the system. Temporary feelings of paranoia, fear and anxiety, Shortness of breath, Pupil dilation, Vomiting and/or nausea, Fast heart rate, Shaking that is hard to control, feeling cold, Disorientation or hallucinations, Hangover. A need for markedly increased amounts of marijuana or THC to achieve intoxication or the desired effect. A markedly diminished effect on the user with continued use of the same amount of marijuana or THC are all the levels of tolerance.

What Are the Laws Around This Drug?

Currently, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been entirely legalized in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. The cities of Portland and South Portland in Maine; as well as Keego Harbor, Michigan, have fully legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. The District of Columbia has fully legalized recreational and medical marijuana, but recreational commercial sale is currently blocked by Congress.

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Are There Support Systems For Users?

There is a support system for addicts of marijuana. This website has a hotline and gives you reasons to use their rehab.