What is marijuana?

  • Marijuana, or cannabis, comes from a plant.
  • The dried buds of the female plant contain the highest concentration of psychoactive compounds. These buds are usually what is sold and consumed as marijuana.
  • Marijuana usually costs about $10-$20 a gram.

How is it used?

  • Marijuana is usually smoked, although it can be eaten.
  • Joints are the most common method of smoking but a wide range of pipes, bongs, hookahs, and other devices are also used.
  • Marijuana can be prepared in butter or cooked directly into foods for ingestion.
  • Often people will cook with the leaves of the plant rather than the buds.

What are the effects?

  • In small quantities, users find marijuana both relaxing and stimulating.
  • The senses are enhanced, as well as the appetite.
  • In larger quantities, or with stronger strains, the effects may feel similar to LSD or Mushrooms. Users may experience nausea, mild hallucinations, anxiety, or paranoia.
  • Marijuana tends to cause an increase in heart rate, reddening of the eyes, and dryness in the mouth.
  • Marijuana is used medicinally to treat the symptoms of a number of diseases such as cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS.

Is marijuana addictive?

  • Researchers have determined that 1 in 9 marijuana users feel some sort of dependence, experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as agitation and depression.

What are the drawbacks of smoking marijuana?

  • Smoking anything, including marijuana, can damage the lungs, throat, and mouth.
  • Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I narcotic, and getting caught with it can lead to serious consequences. However, it many states it has been decriminalized (for less than an ounce) or medicalized, and in others, like Colorado and Washington, it has been legalized. Visit the NORML website to learn about marijuana laws in your state.
  • Marijuana slows down reaction time and impairs driving.
  • Some people feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or paranoid after using marijuana.
  • Marijuana can have synergistic effects with other drugs, the combination of which can increase the effects of both.
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