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Marijuana is greenish-gray in color and is produced from a mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa. Stronger forms of Marijuana contain both sinsemilla and concentrated resins. Sinsemilla comes from specially tended female plants. The concentrated resins contain higher doses of Marijuana’s active ingredients, including hash oil, budder and shatter.

There are different strains of Marijuana. Each strain has different effects and are used for various reasons. For the most part, Marijuana is divided into three categories:  Indica, stevia, and hybrid.

  • Indica is known for its relaxing effect.
  • Stevia has an energizing effect.
  • Hybrid is a combination of the relaxation and energizing effects.

Marijuana contains a psychoactive chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for the intoxicating effects produced by resin, which comes from the leaves and buds from female cannabis plants. The cannabis plant also has more than 500 other chemicals; including over 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC. These compounds are called cannabinoids.

Marijuana is a versatile medication. It can help treat multiple medical conditions including anxiety, chronic pain, and epilepsy. Many people also use the drug recreationally. There has been a vast movement across the United States to legalize the use of Marijuana.

This drug can be smoked in joints (rolled cigarettes), pipes, bongs, or blunts (rolled cigars). It can also be used to brew tea and is often used in an edible form. Mixing Marijuana in food is very common when the drug is being used for medicinal purposes. There is also an increase in using Marijuana in Vaporizers.

Effects

When Marijuana is smoked THC and other chemicals in the plant pass through the lungs and into the bloodstream. This causes a rapid movement of the chemicals throughout the body and to the brain. The effects are experienced almost immediately. Most often the effects produced include a pleasant euphoria and relaxation. Other effects may include heightened sensory perception (ex. Brighter colors), laughter, altered perception of time and increased appetite.

If Marijuana is consumed in food or drink the effects are slightly delayed. The delay could be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. This is because the drug must pass through the digestive system first. Also, when Marijuana is ingested there is significantly less THC that is delivered into the bloodstream. This delays the effects of the Marijuana and users may consume more THC than they intended because they do not feel the stronger effects of the drug.

Marijuana Can Be Unpleasant

Not all users experience pleasant effects of Marijuana. Individuals may experience anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic. These effects are more common when a user takes too much or there is an unexpectedly high potency. People who take large dose may experience acute psychosis. This psychosis could consist of hallucinations, delusions, and loss of the sense of personal identity.

Feeling Effects and Detectability

The noticeable effects of smoked Marijuana generally last one to three hours. When the drug is consumed in food or drink the effects may last for many hours. Detectable traces of THC can stay in the body for days and even weeks.

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