By: Chloe Pettinger and Sarah Clore

What IS Marijuana?

Marijuana is a shredded, green-brown substance made up of dried flowers, leaves, and stems from the plant called Cannabis sativa. Hashish, another (stronger) form of marijuana, looks like brown or black cakes/balls.
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Short-Term Effects

Marijuana's long-term effects may be more life-changing, the short term effects also cause some severe changes to a person. Those changes include:

  • Sensory distortion
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination of movement
  • Lowered reaction time
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart beat (higher risk for heart attack

Long-Term Effects

  • Marijuana smokers strongly risk damaging the cells in the bronchial passages. There's a high risk of respiratory tract infections, and it can cause lung cancer.
  • Heavy marijuana smokers frequently have lower life satisfaction, more relationship problems, and poorer health than non-users with similar backgrounds.

Facts - By The Numbers

  • 42% of people in the U.S. have tried marijuana at least once.
  • 11.7% of 8th graders and 35.1% of high-school seniors smoke marijuana regularly as of 2014.
  • 62% of teens in drug treatment are dependent on marijuana.
  • In Australia, studies have found that 4.3% of deaths caused by car wrecks are because of marijuana smokers.
  • Researchers found that approximately 158.8 million people smoke marijuana in the world - that's about 3.8% of the world's population.
  • Over 94 million Americans admitted to using marijuana at least once.
  • In 2005, 242,200 people were sent to emergency rooms because of marijuana.
  • Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second most frequent substance found in the bodies of people who lost their lives in a car accident, meaning that it increases your chance of losing focus, causing a likely chance of fatality.
  • Among 12-17 year-olds, about 6.7% were current marijuana users in 2007.

Types of Consumption

  • The most common way of using marijuana is with a blunt/joint.
  • Some people consume marijuana by putting it into baked goods like brownies, cookies, and other pastries.
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Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Quickly stopping a person's use of marijuana can change many physical and psychological things about their body.

Some physical symptoms a person may experience with marijuana withdrawal include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Sweatiness
  • Shakiness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches

Not only does withdrawal from marijuana cause physical differences to a person, they also cause psychological issues to a person. Those symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness
  • Changes in sleeping (insomnia, fatigue)
  • Changes in eating (reduced appetite, weight loss)

Where is it legal?

  • In North Korea, marijuana is legal and not even considered a drug.
  • Marijuana has been legal in Alaska since 1975, and still is today.
  • Marijuana is legal in the country of Uruguay, in South America.

Smoking marijuana can hurt your ability to...

  • Concentrate
  • Remember what you learned
  • Focus on projects or tasks
  • React quickly while driving
  • Perform in sports owing to effects on coordination

Two Drugs Similar to Marijuana are Tetrahydrocannabinol and Nabilone.

Medical Use

In the United States, 23 out of 50 states have legalized medical use of marijuana. Doctors only allow prescribe the use of marijuana to those who need:

  • Pain relief
  • Control of nausea
  • Vomiting control
  • Appetite stimulation

Other studies found that marijuana has effect in the cure of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis.

Medical Marijuana Packaging

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  • In 2727 B.C., Chinese emperor Shen Nung discovered the substance and used it medicinally. They used its fibers for rope and fabric.
  • George Washington was rumored to have grown marijuana in his garden.
  • It used to be patriotic to grow hemp in the United States around 1619, and they required farmers to grow marijuana.
  • The US government used it to fight the Nazis in World War II.

Costs of Marijuana in Iowa

High Quality - $360.00 / oz

Medium Quality - $285.00 / oz

Low Quality - $250.00 / oz

Street names for marijuana

  • Pot
  • Hash/Hashish
  • Cannabis
  • Mary Jane
  • Weed
  • Herb
  • Dope

Drug Rehab Centers In Iowa

Other Facts

  • Heavy marijuana smokers typically have the same health effects as cigarette smokers; bronchitis, lung cancer, and many other respiratory diseases.
  • Over 800,000 people in the US are arrested for being in possession of marijuana each year.
  • California was the first US state to ban marijuana, and they did it over a century ago.
  • In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to make it legal to grow, sell, and consume marijuana.
  • The first recorded use of marijuana was in China, over 4,700 years ago.
  • Worldwide, it is estimated that 162 million adults use marijuana at least once a year, and 22.5 million use marijuana daily.