Marijuana is a mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the Cannabis plant. The main ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC), which is a mind-altering chemical. Thus, marijuana is classified as a psychedelic-psychoactive drug, which causes changes in behavior, mood, and consciousness.

Medical Use – Used therapeutically to treat physical and psychological disorders.

Recreational Use – To alter mood, perceptions and consciousness.

Effects of Marijuana

Effects experienced depend on: how it is being used (smoked, ingested, vaped, etc), dosage, prior experience, any concurrent drug use, mood / state, and social environment

Marijuana and the Brain

This means, people up to age 25 who regularly use marijuana may have long-lasting brain development impacts.

Some studies have found:

  • A possible decline in IQ among youth marijuana users.
  • Problems with memory, learning, attention, and school completion
  • Higher risk of developing depression.
  • Slightly increased risk of developing schizophrenia.

A high dosage may result in:

  • Paranoia and/or Panic Attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Toxic Psychosis – disorientation / losing state of consciousness

Marijuana affects more than the brain:

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Signs of Marijuana Usage:

  • Very happy, euphoric, laughing at things that aren’t normally found humorous.
  • Increased heart rate and paranoia
  • Delayed reaction time or response
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased appetite
  • Impaired coordination and concentration
  • Anxiety

effects of cannabis

Marijuana is now legal in Washington State under certain restrictions:

You must be 21+ to purchase, possess and use (unless medically authorized).
It is illegal to provide marijuana to anyone under the age of 21.
If you are under the age of 21, you cannot enter a marijuana store.
It is illegal to drive under the influence.
It is illegal to consume marijuana in public.

Ways that Marijuana is Consumed:

The most common ways are smokeable marijuana plant and edibles (marijuana infused into foods & drinks). Using hash oil & wax (inhaling marijuana ingredients through vapor instead of smoke) is also becoming popular. Other ways are:
Pills & capsules – capsules filled with concentrated THC oil
Tinctures – concentrated form of marijuana in alcohol solution
Topicals – lotions, salves, balms, and sprays that are applied directly to the skin

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