Marijuana

What are the street names/slang terms for marijuana?
Weed, Pot, Reefer, Grass, Dope, Ganja, Mary Jane, Hash, Herb, Aunt Mary, Skunk, Boom, Chronic, Cheeba, Blunt, Ganja, Roach, Jolly Green

What is marijuana and what does it look like?
Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa—the hemp plant. It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world. It can be grown in almost any climate, and is increasingly cultivated by means of indoor hydroponic technology.

The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, commonly known as THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the "high." There is a wide range of THC potency between cannabis products.

How is it used?
Most users smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, among other names; some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Marijuana cigars, or blunts, are also popular. To make blunts, users slice open cigars, remove some of the tobacco, and mix the remainder with marijuana. Marijuana also is used to brew tea and sometimes is mixed into foods.

What are its short-term effects?
The short-term effects of using cannabis may include:

  • Feeling of well-being
  • Talkativeness;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Loss of inhibitions;
  • Decreased nausea;
  • Increased appetite;
  • Loss of co-ordination;
  • Bloodshot eyes;
  • Dryness of the eyes mouth, and throat;
  • Anxiety and paranoia.

What are its long-term effects?
There is limited research on the long-term effects of cannabis. On the available evidence, the major probable adverse effects are:

  • Increased risk of respiratory diseases associated with smoking, including cancer;
  • Decreased memory and learning abilities;
  • Decreased motivation in areas such as study, work or concentration.

There is also much concern about the link between cannabis use and mental health problems and the risk of dependence.

What is its federal classification?
Schedule I

Source
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)