Marijuana Drug Info

Marijuana Drug Info- What Is It, How Is It Used, And Effects!


Cannabis sativa traces its roots from the Cannabinaceae family of plants. Also, commonly known as hemp, is sold under names such as Indian hemp, pot, marijuana, grass, ganja, hashish, and reefer. Marijuana is proven to contain a chemical compound delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol scientifically denoted as THC which is ideally responsible for most behavioral changes in a marijuana user.

Most users take marijuana through rolling dried leaves and flowers from the cannabis plant onto a paper similar to the cigarette or through a pipe which is then smoked. Others take it through edibles such as baked cookies.

Marijuana can also be retrieved as a resin or oil, widely known as hashish which is normally vaporized and sniffed up or mixed in flat cakes then eaten. The fiber threads in the cannabis plant are further utilized as industrial hemp useful in the textile industry.

What Are the Effects of Cannabis?

  • The effects of cannabis use are felt differently depending on the amount of dosage, longevity of use, any combination with other drugs, the method of inducement, level of personal expectation, current mood when taking the drug and the social condition in which the drug is being used.
  • Cannabis Users May Experience:
    • An impaired state of consciousness making the user feel high, joyous, temporary state of feeling stress-free and sociable.
    • Partial perceptions of the real world. The user may awaken sensitive topics around them and also experience a stronger awakening to senses such as sight and smell.
    • Increased appetite and heartbeat with constricted pupils and seemingly red eyes.
    • Confusion and lack of concentration disrupting normal capability of functionalities such as driving and operating machinery.
    • Undesirable behavior such as obnoxiousness, easily agitated, panic, and extreme confidence.
  • Large intake of cannabis may make users depressed or unsettled experiencing phases of psychosis (not have a clear image of their identities, the timing, and their real worlds). It may also cause unstable emotions, hallucinations, unreal emotions, disjointed thoughts, fear and panic attacks.
  • Within 10 to 30 minutes of smoking cannabis, the user will feel its effects at highest levels and wear off in two to three hours. Effects could last longer since THC is highly soluble in body fats and can be retained for months then gradually released back into the bloodstream.

Medical Uses

  • Marijuana contains other chemicals, dronabinol and nabilone also classified as synthetic cannabinoids which have proven to have some medical benefits through research although this does not eliminate cannabis from being a Schedule 1 substance.
  • Dronabinol also known as Marinol, for instance, is used to manage nausea and vomiting displayed in chemotherapy sessions and even preferred to stimulate an increase in appetite for AIDS patients.
  • Cesamet also referred to as nabilone has been frequently used in chemotherapy patients to control nausea and vomiting.

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana)
Medical use of cannabis has been certified for use in only eight conditions mentioned below:

  • Glaucoma.
  • Cancer.
  • Convulsions.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Extreme pain.
  • Severe nausea.
  • Wasting syndrome due to lack of appetite causing dramatic weight loss.
  • Cannabis side effects

Extended effects of cannabis use entail on:

  • Lung infections that expose the user to contracting chronic bronchitis and increasing the chances of developing lung cancer probably due to heavy smoking.
  • Aggravate a pre-existing cardiovascular condition since cannabis use significantly increases heart rates.
  • Reduced concentration levels, memory loss and impaired thinking and spasms of disturbed learning (stopping cannabis use can resolve this).
  • Reduced desire to have sexual encounters and in some men, it can cause low sperm count and in females, irregular menstrual flow.
  • Addiction emanating from the overdependence of cannabis use.