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Asian American and Pacific Islander youth were invited to share their beliefs and thoughts about health and marijuana. These are their questions.


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

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

Ways that Marijuana is Consumed:

The most common ways are smoke-able 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
  • 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
Cannabis Prevention & Control

Washington State laws:

  • 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.
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