Facts About Drugs—Marijuana

WHAT IT IS 

Names: Cannabis Sativa, Hashish, Hashish Oil, Marijuana, Mary Jane, Acapulco Gold, Ace, Bhang, Colombian, Ganja, Grass, Hemp, Indian, Jamaican, Jive, Joint, Mexican, Maui Wowie, Panama Red, Panama Gold, Pot, Reefer, Ragweed, Sativa, Sinse, Tea, Thai Sticks, Weed, Roach, Hash, Hash Oil, Honey Oil, Weed Oil.

Type: Hallucinogen

Forms: Grey-green to green-brown dry leaf, resin oil, leaf oil

Combinations: With PCP: “supergrass,””killer weed”; with opium: “O.J.”; with heroin: “atom bomb,” “A-Bomb”

Usage: Inhaling by smoking a “joint”, bong or pipe. May be cooked or baked into foods and eaten.

Legal Status: Illegal

Other Forms: The prime psychoactive element of cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is administered in gelatin capsules for medical research testing of nausea treatment related to cancer chemotherapy, glaucoma, epilepsy and muscle spasm due to multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE 

Feelings of contentment and relaxation may be accompanied by a loss of inhibition, bouts of laughter, continuous talking, increased sensitivity to audio and visual effects, increased sensitivity of touch, smell, taste and movement. Confusion, disorientation, recent memory loss, reduced attention span, lack of balance and stability, loss of muscle strength, shaking, anxiety and paranoia may occur with higher doses.

WHAT IT DOES 

To Your Mind: Distorts perception of reality

To Your Body: Increases heart rate, lowers blood pressure, limits control of movement

HOW IT CAN HURT YOU 

Heart related effects. Asthma, bronchitis, damage to respiratory system and tissue. Reddening of eyes. Change in sex drive, infertility. Changes in body temperature, hallucinations, slowed reaction time. Delusions, panic, toxic psychosis, activation of latent schizophrenia which may continue indefinitely. Amotivational syndrome, memory loss with possible permanent brain damage.

Death of self and others due to driving under the influence, especially when combined with alcohol.

Dependence can develop as a psychological craving.

Unborn children of mothers who use cannabis may develop congenital defects or experience delayed development after birth.

WHEN TO GET HELP 

  • Do you think about how and when you’re going to smoke again?
  • Do you worry if no marijuana is available?
  • Is your job or school performance affected?
  • Do you spend more and more money on pot?
  • Have you been stopped for driving under the influence?

One “yes” and your common sense tells you it’s time to get smart about drugs and the rest of your life.

Fact: After alcohol, cannabis is the most abused psychoactive drug by students.

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