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Learn about Marijuana

Marijuana, also commonly referred to as weed or pot, is an herb that comes from the leaves, flowers, and sometimes even seeds of the hemp plant called cannabis sativa. The chemicals in the plant are called cannabinoids and they affect the central nervous system. One type of cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is a mind-altering chemical.

Hashish is a drug related to marijuana that comes from the Indian hemp plant. It is far more concentrated than marijuana (six times stronger,) and can sometimes be referred to as hash or chocolate.

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What does it look like and how is it taken?

Marijuana (weed or pot) is dried, crushed up, brown and green leaves, and it has a very distinct smell. It is usually smoked in a joint or blunt. A joint is made when marijuana is rolled up in a thin paper to resemble a cigarette, and a blunt is made by emptying out the contents of a cigar and replacing them with marijuana. Occasionally marijuana is smoked in a pipe. Sometimes marijuana will be mixed with food and eaten, such as baked in brownies or brewed as tea.

Is Marijuana illegal or legal?

Marijuana is illegal in most states. In the states of Washington and Colorado, marijuana is legal for recreational use. Several states have legalized marijuana for medical use only and possessing marijuana other than for medical purposes is still illegal. The following states have legalized marijuana for medical use only: California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. In all other states marijuana is illegal. (This is accurate as of the publishing of this article)


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Why is Marijuana used?

Marijuana alters the senses and creates a feeling of well-being or euphoria. It is the most commonly used drug used in the US and across the world.

The properties within marijuana are in the drug Marinol, which is used medicinally to help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with nausea and vomiting. It also helps to treat weight loss and appetite loss in AIDs patients because it makes you hungry.

Additionally marijuana has been taken orally to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The cannabinoids in marijuana have also been used as painkillers, however because severe drowsiness is a side effect, it often is not the most desirable option.

Street names for Marijuana

There are several street names for marijuana including: weed, pot, hemp, grass, Mary Jane, M, chronic, reefer, dope, roach, skunk, astro turf, Texas tea, home grown, bhang, dagga, purple haze, and ganja.

Dangers and side effects of MarijuanaMarijuana

Smoking marijuana causes lung problems and has the possibility to eventually lead to emphysema. The cannabanoids in marijuana also weaken the immune system. It can cause hallucinations, depression and even sexual problems. Long term use can create deficits in the learning and memory parts of the brain.

Side effects of marijuana are reddish eyes, dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, numbness, possible vomiting, rapid heartbeat, temporary high blood pressure, impaired memory, lack of coordination and impaired mental functioning.

Marijuana is an addictive drug and withdrawal symptoms of decreased appetite, sleepiness, irritability, and anxiety occur when abstaining from the substance.

Drug testing for Marijuana

If you suspect that a loved one or friend is using marijuana, there are ways to confirm your suspicions. uVera Diagnostics is a drug testing company that supplies drug test kits, including CLIA Waived drug test kits, to test at home or in the workplace. Drug test kits can be conveniently purchased online so that individuals can test at home for suspected drugs. The drug test kits below will test for marijuana.


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This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a physician for more information and specifics. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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