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    Question: What is Marijuana?

    Answer: The term 'marijuana' refers to the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is a tobaccolike substance produced by drying the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant. Marijuana contains a natural chemical called THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives users of the drug a 'high' when smoked. Marijuana leaves are usually smoked in the form of loosely rolled cigarettes called joints or cigars called blunts.

    A number of other drugs including phencyclidine (PCP) may be used in making joints and blunts, substantially altering their effects and deadliness. Some common names for marijuana include pot, grass, weed, mary jane, acupulco gold, and reefer.

    Marijuana users experience the same health problems as tobacco smokers, such as bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchial asthma. Some of the effects of marijuana use also include increased heart rate, dryness of the mouth, reddening of the eyes, impaired motor skills and concentration, and frequent hunger. Extended use increases risk to the lungs and reproductive system, as well as suppression of the immune system. Occasionally, hallucinations, fantasies, and paranoia are reported.

    (Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration information page about Marijuana http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/concern/marijuana.htm)


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    On 10/05/08
    josiah from FL said:
    ive been smokin weed 4 3 years now and i havent had a bad expierience with weed i think smoking weed should be legal and the only reason its not is because the government cant put a tax on so they make it illegal SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY
    On 09/20/08
    sierra from AL said:
    dude,refer isnt bad.it makes ou feel great and makes everythinggo away.honestly pot is good:) i love it!
    On 08/26/08
    SB from CA said:
    First of all, lets get the definition of drug straight. A drug is a controlled chemical substance manufactured by humans and monitored and disbursed by the "Health Care Industry". An illegal drug is a controlled chemical substance manufactured by humans and not under the control of the "Health Care Industry". Marijuana, just like tobacco, is a natural plant that grew on the earth before any of us were here. If people can produce, sell, and smoke tobacco, why cant one do the same with marijuana? Ever think about that? However, one is known to cause CANCER while the other causes BLISS. above gov
    On 08/13/08
    maddi from KY said:
    My Parents smoke pot and i want them to stop how can i do it ??
    On 05/13/08
    luis from FL said:

    i smoked weed for month but i stopped because i got arrested 5 times and my mom almost got arrested because of me.

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