By Mason Shu and Eric Chung

1. What is Marijuana?

  • Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried leaves, seeds, stems, and flowers of Cannabis sativa
  • Cannabis sativa - the hemp plant
  • Colors can be gray, brown, or green
  • Has over 500 chemicals, including THC
  • Is banned under federal law to buy, sell, market, and possess marijuana
  • Also known as weed, pot, bud, grass, herb, Mary Jane, MJ, reefer, skunk, boom, gangster, kif, chronic, and ganja

2. How is Marijuana Abused?

  • Marijuana can be abused in many different ways.
  • Marijuana is most wide used in Pipes, Bongs (Water-Pipes), or just hand-held cigarettes.
  • Ways such as mixing with tobacco, inserting in vaporized cigarettes, or brewing with tea is all ways to abuse this drug.
  • All this leads to an unhealthy body.

3. How does Marijuana affect the brain?

  • THC in marijuana goes from the lungs to the bloodstream
  • passed on to organs, such as brain
  • Cells or neurons with cannabinoid receptors are affected by the THC
  • Increases activity of the endocannabinoid system and brain releases dopamine
  • Causes people to get high

4. What are other effects of Marijuana?

There are many harmful side effects from abusing Marijuana. Here's some examples.

Health Issues

  1. Increased Heart Rate
  2. Respiratory Problems

Increased risk of...
  1. mental problems
  2. problems for unborn babies
  3. using other drugs for teens

Mental Issues for school and social life

  1. Reduced quality of education and performance in school
  2. More careless driving

5. Can you get addicted to Marijuana?

  • Addictive to experience being high
  • Addiction after repeated use
  • Cannot control drug abuse and cannot stop taking the drug
  • ~9% marijuana users will become dependent
  • Addictions factors include: genetics, age of first use, relationships, environment, and other drugs
  • Withdrawal (relapses occur) lead to: desire to use drug, anxiety, lack of appetite, insomnia, and irritability. May last for days-weeks after stoppage

6. Can you die from use?

  • Very unlikely for death from overdose of marijuana
  • Due to its brain-altering effects, can cause people to injure themselves which can cause death
  • Users may experience panic attacks and paranoia

7. How many teens abuse this drug?

  • Most common drug used by teens and adults in the US
  • Some people may not know the risks
  • Teens before 18 are 4-7 times likely to be addicted
  • ~1/6 teens use marijuana, 25-50% use it daily (leads to addiction)
  • Daily 8th grade abusers: 1.10%
  • Daily 10th grade abusers: 3%
  • Daily 12th grade abusers: 6%

8. What should you do if someone needs help from Marijuana?

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
  • Call when you or a friend need to talk about a crisis
  • This lifeline is not limited to suicide, as they also discuss problems and assist you in finding help

Call the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator at 1-800-662-HELP or visit

  • Call or visit website when you need info on treatment

Visit for info on how to help

9. What classification does Marijuana belong in?

  • Belongs to Cannabis drug category