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.

Ways that Marijuana is Consumed

  • Tinctures
    Concentrated form of marijuana in alcohol solution
  • Topicals
    Lotions, salves, balms, and sprays that are applied directly to the skin
  • Pills & Capsules
    Capsules filled with concentrated THC oil
  • Hash Oil & Wax
    Inhaling active ingredients in marijuana through vapor instead of smoke
  • Edibles
    Marijuana is infused into foods &/ drinks and are eaten
  • Smokable Marijuana Plant
    Most traditional form of ingesting marijuana

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

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