The Effects of Marijuana

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The Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana is a mood altering or psychoactive drug that

has many nicknames, such as pot, weed, ganja, sensi, herb, and

others. It is an ancient drug that dates back to hundreds of

years to Asia. Many cultures have used it during meditation, religious

worship, and for intoxication. Marijuana itself comes from the

Indian Hemp plant. It is the third most widely used drug in the United

States, according to a survey taken in 1988, and it is the number one

illegally used drug in the United States. Marijuana is so popular that an

estimated one out of every three people in the US have tried it and

around 44% of US high school students have smoked it. Marijuana

users are not easily detectable, nor is the drug just used in one area of

society. The Indian Hemp plant is found all over the world, including

the US. There are three different types of Indian Hemp. They are

Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Rudderalis. These

three plants vary in size and mood altering effect. The hemp plant has

many uses and has been farmed for centuries. Marijuana can be taken

in three ways, by eating, made into a tea, or smoking (the most

popular). Smoking it can be done three ways, through a pipe, a joint,

blunt. A joint is a rolled piece of paper that is twisted at the ends. A

blunt is normally an emptied cigar wrapper filled with marijuana. In a

blunt you can fit much more marijuana. Though a blunt isn't always

purely marijuana, it can be mixed with other drugs such as angel dust.

The results are varied when someone smokes marijuana.

Different people will get different results, and certain types of cannabis

can cause different effects. The amount of THC (marijuana's main

active chemical) may also change the result. If alcohol, or other drug

use is occurring while smoking marijuana, the effect could be different.

A first time marijuana smoker will probably feel no effect. A chronic or

heavy user will get a high (intoxication). When a person is high, normal

sights, sounds, tastes, or events can seem very funny or interesting.

When intoxicated, time seems to pass a lot slower. To the user, minutes

will seem like hours.

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