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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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    21 thru 25 of 98 comments     1   2   3   4  [ 5 ] ...   
    On 05/07/08
    Haley from CA said:
    Marijuana is one of the most common used drugs out there and personally i dont think anyone needs it in there lives. Its pure stupidity to use and abuse it.
    On 05/05/08
    Amber from CA said:

    i think that weed is a natural healing herb, although people abuse it just to get high. i use marijuana as a medicine, prescibed by a licensed doctor. if you smoke weed dont abuse it, use it for medicinal purposes ONLY...

    On 04/29/08
    Alex from NY said:
    me as a kid i know that marijuana is bad, but i still had chose to do it. Sure the feeling can be good and it can help situations that really need it, but i didnt need it and it ended up with me getting a month in jail and 2 years probation with frequent drug screenings. I say that if you need it for medical treatmean go right ahead, but for people that think its just cool to just stop because it makes you look dumb.
    On 04/17/08
    Mike from CT said:
    marijuana cannon kill anyone most people are undereducated about the relativly safeness of this drug, sure kids shouldnt smoke weed but who are we to tell them lies, if people are accuatly educated on marijuana and choose to do it anyway...cool for them if u smoke or dont it doesnt make u any better or worse then anyoen else
    On 03/20/08
    MJ from FL said:
    Marijuana is a god send. I happen to be very sick (6 surgeries in total) so I use marijuana as a medicinal substitute. Pills and such are addictive and bad for you. you can overdose and die! anyone ever overdose on pot? NO! Its true, young kids shouldnt smoke it. I happen to be 19, and its every reason why i get up and do what i need to do. Legalize it!!
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