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What Is Marijuana Marijuana a drug obtained from dried and crumpled parts of the ubiquitous hemp plant Canabis sativa or Cannabis indica Smoked by rolling in tobacco paper or placing in a pipe It is also otherwise consumed worldwide by an estimated 200000000 persons for pleasure an escape from reality or relaxation Marijuana is known by a variety of names such as kif Morocco dagga South Africa and bhang India Common in the United States marijuana is called pot grass weed Mary Jane bones etc The main active principle of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol The potency of its various forms ranges from a weak drink consumed in India to the highly potent hashish The following consists of pure cannabis resin Marijuana is not a narcotic and is not mentally or physically addicting drug One can use mild cannabis preparations such as marijuana in small amounts for years without physical or mental deterioration Marijuana serves to diminish inhibitions and acts as an euphoriant Only once in a while will it produce actual hallucinations More potent preparations of cannabis such as hashish can induce psychedelic experiences identical to those observed after ingestion of potent hallucinogens such as LSD Some who smoke marijuana feel no effects others feel relaxed and sociable tend to laugh a great deal and have a profound loss of the sense of time Characteristically those under the influence of marijuana show incoordination and impaired ability to perform skilled acts Still others experience a wide range of emotions including feelings of perception fear insanity happiness love and anger Although marijuana is not addicting it may be habituating The individual may become psychologically rather than physically dependent on the drug Legalization Of Marijuana Those who urge the legalization of marijuana maintain the drug is entirely safe The available data suggested this is not so Marijuana occasionally produces acute panic reactions or even transient psychoses Furthermore a person driving under the influence of marijuana is a danger
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