Signs & Symptoms – Marijuana

Marijuana Information

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. In 1997, 49.6% of high-school seniors reported using marijuana at least once, up from 32.6% in 1992.

Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint), in a pipe or bong, or in a cigar emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana (called a blunt). It may be combined with another drug (such as crack), mixed into foods or brewed as tea.

Slang terms for marijuana include pot, grass, weed, reefer and Mary Jane.

THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The THC content of marijuana has increased from less than one percent in 1974 to current THC levels ranging up to 17%.

Marijuana addiction accounts for more than 120,000 treatment admissions per year. Current studies suggest marijuana causes both psychological and physical dependence.

Possible effects of marijuana include:

  • Euphoria followed by relaxation
  • Animated behavior and loud talking, followed by sleepiness
  • Dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Impaired memory, concentration and knowledge retention
  • Distortions in depth and time perception, loss of coordination
  • Heightened sense of taste, sight, smell or sound, hallucinations
  • Lower achievement
  • Increase in delinquent, deviant, aggressive or rebellious behavior
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Lung and respiratory system irritations and/or disease

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