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Marijuana Marijuana is a mixture of leaves and the flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis Sativa smoked or eaten for its hallucinogenic and pleasure-giving effects The psychoactive ingredient of marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol THC is concentrated in the flowering tops of the hemp plant hashish a drug prepared from the plant resin has about eight times more THC than marijuana Hemp grows throughout temperate regions with the more potent varieties produced in dry hot upland climates Expect for limited medical purposes cultivating hemp for marijuana is illegal in all but a few countries Marijuana has a lot of slang names including pot grass weed hash and about 200 other names Marijuana is by far the worlds most commonly used illicit drug and far more dangerous than most users realize So there is just cause for alarm when adolescent marijuana use increases as it did in the mid-1990s and the age at which youngsters first experiment with pot starts to drop Many users describe two phases of marijuana intoxication initial stimulation giddiness and euphoria followed by sedation and tranquillity Mood changes are often accompanied by altered perceptions of time and space and of ones bodily dimensions The thinking processes become disrupted by fragmentary ideas and memories Many users report increased appetite heightened sensory awareness and pleasure Negative effects can include confusion acute panic reactions anxiety attacks fear a sense of helplessness and loss of self-control Like alcohol intoxication marijuana intoxication impairs reading comprehension memory speech problem solving ability and reaction time The effects on the intellect of long-term use are unknown Consistent evidence that marijuana induces or causes brain damage does not exist Medical research has indicated that the drug is effective in relieving some of the symptoms of glaucoma and in treating the nausea induced by
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