August 28, 2014 Kim Goldman

The scientific name for marijuana is Cannabis sativa.  However, marijuan has numerous other names:  Chiva, Chronic, Pot, Herb, Weed, Boom, Ganga, Mary Jane, Aunt Mary, Skunk, Kif, Gangster, Reefer, Bud, Dope, Fatty, Blunt, Sinsemilla, Hash, Joint, Blaze, 420.

It is comprised of the leaves from the hemp plant. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC.

What does it look like?

Marijuana is a green or gray mixture or dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant.

What are the immediate effects?

  • Distorted perception
  • Difficulty in thinking and problem solving
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety & panic attacks

What are the long-term effects?

  • Respiratory problems
  • Memory loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Addiction
  • The amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers.
  • More than 120,000 people enter treatment each year for marijuana addiction.

Yes, you can overdose on Marijuana

Symptoms of overdose include:   fatigue, lack of coordination, paranoia, and psychosis.

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