Drugs Information, what you really should know about, drugs facts on and facts about Marijuana / Cannabis
A Guide for worried parents, teenagers who are using drugs or thinking about using drugs and anyone who wants to know more about the subject.
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A: Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa)Today it is the most often used illegal drug in this country.
Cannabis is a term that refers to marijuana and other drugs made from the same plant. Stronger forms of cannabis include sinsemilla (sin-seh-me«-yah), hashish, and hash oil.
All forms of cannabis are mind-altering and they all contain THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active chemical in marijuana. There are about 400 chemicals in a cannabis plant, but THC is the one that affects the brain the most. The strength of the drug is measured by the average amount of THC.
Common street names:
skunk, skunkweed, grass, pot, dope, hash, blow, puff, black, tack, bush, draw, ganja, leb, slate, rocky, marijuana, cannabis resin, cannabis oil, smoke, joint, reefer, spliff, wacky backy.
How are they taken:
Include lack of co-ordination, red eyes, dilated pupils, increased heart rate and enjoyment of experiences, talkativeness, irrelevant giggling and can have a heightened appreciation of sound and colour. Can also cause a sudden increase in appetite. Strengths vary, some types are very mild, and some types can be very strong.
|Long-term effects of using marijuana:|
|enhanced cancer risk||decrease in testosterone levels for men; also lower sperm counts and difficulty having children||increase in testosterone levels for women; also increased risk of infertility||diminished or extinguished sexual pleasure|
|psychological dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect|
|sleepiness||difficulty keeping track of time, impaired or reduced short-term memory||reduced ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car||increased heart rate|
|potential cardiac dangers for those with pre-existing heart disease||bloodshot eyes||dry mouth and throat||decreased social inhibitions|
Marijuana blocks the messages
going to your brain and alters your perceptions and emotions, vision,
hearing, and coordination. A recent study of 1,023 trauma patients
admitted to a shock trauma unit found that one-third had marijuana in
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