What is it?
Mind-altering psychoactive drug. Dry, shredded, green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds and leaves from the cannabis sativa plant THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main ingredient that produces the psychoactive effect.
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How it is Taken
- Smoked as a cigarette or in pipe or bong
- Smoked in blunts (cigar emptied of tobacco and filled with marijuana, and sometimes mixed with additional drugs)
- Mixed with food (edibles)
- Brewed as tea
How does it affect the body?
- Relaxation, disinhibition, increased appetite, sedation, increased sociability
- Effects memory and learning
- Difficulty in thinking and problem-solving
- Impaired judgment, reduced coordination
- Distorted perception
- Decreased blood pressure, increased heart rate, dizziness, nausea, tachycardia
- Confusion, anxiety, paranoia, drowsiness
- Respiratory ailments
FACT SHEET: Read more about marijuana (pdf)
What Does Weed Do to the Brain?
Check out this video from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to learn more about marijuana's effect on your brain: