Cannabis (Marijuana) DrugFacts

What is marijuana.

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Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical THC and other similar compounds. Extracts can also be made from the cannabis plant (see " Marijuana Extracts ").

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health , cannabis (marijuana) is one of the most used drugs in the United States, and its use is widespread among young people. In 2021, 35.4% of young adults aged 18 to 25 (11.8 million people) reported using marijuana in the past year. 1 According to the Monitoring the Future survey , rates of past year marijuana use among middle and high school students have remained relatively steady since the late 1990s. In 2022, 30.7% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past year and 6.3% reported using marijuana daily. In addition, many young people also use vaping devices to consume cannabis products. In 2022, nearly 20.6% of 12th graders reported that they vaped marijuana in the past year and 2.1% reported that they did so daily. 2

Legalization of marijuana for medical use or adult recreational use in a growing number of states may affect these views. Read more about marijuana as medicine in our DrugFacts: Marijuana as Medicine .

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How do people use marijuana?

People smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in pipes or water pipes (bongs). They also smoke it in blunts—emptied cigars that have been partly or completely refilled with marijuana. To avoid inhaling smoke, some people are using vaporizers. These devices pull the active ingredients (including THC) from the marijuana and collect their vapor in a storage unit. A person then inhales the vapor, not the smoke. Some vaporizers use a liquid marijuana extract.

People can mix marijuana in food ( edibles ), such as brownies, cookies, or candy, or brew it as a tea. A newly popular method of use is smoking or eating different forms of THC-rich resins (see " Marijuana Extracts ").

Marijuana Extracts

These extracts can deliver extremely large amounts of THC to the body, and their use has sent some people to the emergency room. Another danger is in preparing these extracts, which usually involves butane (lighter fluid). A number of people have caused fires and explosions and have been seriously burned from using butane to make extracts at home. 3,4

How does marijuana affect the brain?

Marijuana has both short-and long-term effects on the brain.

Short-Term Effects

When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. The blood carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body. The body absorbs THC more slowly when the person eats or drinks it. In that case, they generally feel the effects after 30 minutes to 1 hour.

THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function.

Marijuana over activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the "high" that people feel. Other effects include:

Long-Term Effects

Marijuana also affects brain development. When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Researchers are still studying how long marijuana's effects last and whether some changes may be permanent.

For example, a study from New Zealand conducted in part by researchers at Duke University showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and 38. The lost mental abilities didn't fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults. Those who started smoking marijuana as adults didn't show notable IQ declines. 5

In another recent study on twins, those who used marijuana showed a significant decline in general knowledge and in verbal ability (equivalent to 4 IQ points) between the preteen years and early adulthood, but no predictable difference was found between twins when one used marijuana and the other didn't. This suggests that the IQ decline in marijuana users may be caused by something other than marijuana, such as shared familial factors (e.g., genetics, family environment). 6 NIDA’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, a major longitudinal study, is tracking a large sample of young Americans from late childhood to early adulthood to help clarify how and to what extent marijuana and other substances, alone and in combination, affect adolescent brain development. Read more about the ABCD study on our Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD Study) webpage.

A Rise in Marijuana’s THC Levels

The amount of THC in marijuana has been increasing steadily over the past few decades. 7 For a person who's new to marijuana use, this may mean exposure to higher THC levels with a greater chance of a harmful reaction. Higher THC levels may explain the rise in emergency room visits involving marijuana use.

The popularity of edibles also increases the chance of harmful reactions. Edibles take longer to digest and produce a high. Therefore, people may consume more to feel the effects faster, leading to dangerous results.

Higher THC levels may also mean a greater risk for addiction if people are regularly exposing themselves to high doses.

What are the other health effects of marijuana?

Marijuana use may have a wide range of effects, both physical and mental.

Physical Effects

Reports of Deaths Related to Vaping

The Food and Drug Administration has alerted the public to hundreds of reports of serious lung illnesses associated with vaping, including several deaths. They are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the cause of these illnesses. Many of the suspect products tested by the states or federal health officials have been identified as vaping products containing THC, the main psychotropic ingredient in marijuana. Some of the patients reported a mixture of THC and nicotine; and some reported vaping nicotine alone. No one substance has been identified in all of the samples tested, and it is unclear if the illnesses are related to one single compound. Until more details are known, FDA officials have warned people not to use any vaping products bought on the street, and they warn against modifying any products purchased in stores. They are also asking people and health professionals to report any adverse effects. The CDC has posted an information page for consumers.

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Mental Effects

Long-term marijuana use has been linked to mental illness in some people, such as:

Marijuana use has also been linked to other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens. However, study findings have been mixed.

Are there effects of inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke?

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While it's possible to fail a drug test after inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke, it's unlikely. Studies show that very little THC is released in the air when a person exhales. Research findings suggest that, unless people are in an enclosed room, breathing in lots of smoke for hours at close range, they aren't likely to fail a drug test. 15,16 Even if some THC was found in the blood, it wouldn't be enough to fail a test.

Getting High from Passive Exposure?

Similarly, it's unlikely that secondhand marijuana smoke would give nonsmoking people in a confined space a high from passive exposure. Studies have shown that people who don't use marijuana report only mild effects of the drug from a nearby smoker, under extreme conditions (breathing in lots of marijuana smoke for hours in an enclosed room). 17

Other Health Effects?

More research is needed to know if secondhand marijuana smoke has similar health risks as secondhand tobacco smoke. A recent study on rats suggests that secondhand marijuana smoke can do as much damage to the heart and blood vessels as secondhand tobacco smoke. 20 But researchers haven't fully explored the effect of secondhand marijuana smoke on humans. What they do know is that the toxins and tar found in marijuana smoke could affect vulnerable people, such as children or people with asthma.

How Does Marijuana Affect a Person's Life?

Compared to those who don't use marijuana, those who frequently use large amounts report the following:

People also report less academic and career success. For example, marijuana use is linked to a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. 18 It's also linked to more job absences, accidents, and injuries. 19

Is marijuana a gateway drug?

Use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are likely to come before use of other drugs. 21,22 Animal studies have shown that early exposure to addictive substances, including THC, may change how the brain responds to other drugs. For example, when rodents are repeatedly exposed to THC when they're young, they later show an enhanced response to other addictive substances—such as morphine or nicotine—in the areas of the brain that control reward, and they're more likely to show addiction-like behaviors. 23,24

Although these findings support the idea of marijuana as a "gateway drug," the majority of people who use marijuana don't go on to use other "harder" drugs. It's also important to note that other factors besides biological mechanisms, such as a person’s social environment, are also critical in a person’s risk for drug use and addiction. Read more about marijuana as a gateway drug in our Marijuana Research Report .

Can a person overdose on marijuana?

An overdose occurs when a person uses enough of the drug to produce life-threatening symptoms or death. There are no reports of teens or adults dying from marijuana alone. However, some people who use marijuana can feel some very uncomfortable side effects, especially when using marijuana products with high THC levels. People have reported symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia, and in rare cases, an extreme psychotic reaction (which can include delusions and hallucinations) that can lead them to seek treatment in an emergency room.

While a psychotic reaction can occur following any method of use, emergency room responders have seen an increasing number of cases involving marijuana edibles. Some people (especially preteens and teens) who know very little about edibles don't realize that it takes longer for the body to feel marijuana’s effects when eaten rather than smoked. So they consume more of the edible, trying to get high faster or thinking they haven't taken enough. In addition, some babies and toddlers have been seriously ill after ingesting marijuana or marijuana edibles left around the house.

Is marijuana addictive?

Marijuana use can lead to the development of a substance use disorder, a medical illness in which the person is unable to stop using even though it's causing health and social problems in their life. Severe substance use disorders are also known as addiction. Research suggests that between 9 and 30 percent of those who use marijuana may develop some degree of marijuana use disorder. 25 People who begin using marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder. 26

Many people who use marijuana long term and are trying to quit report mild withdrawal symptoms that make quitting difficult. These include:

What treatments are available for marijuana use disorder?

No medications are currently available to treat marijuana use disorder, but behavioral support has been shown to be effective. Examples include therapy and motivational incentives (providing rewards to patients who remain drug-free). Continuing research may lead to new medications that help ease withdrawal symptoms, block the effects of marijuana, and prevent relapse.

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What is marijuana.

Marijuana is a drug composed of the leaves and flowers of plants in the genus Cannabis . Documented as far back as 2700 BCE in China, marijuana has long been considered valuable as an analgesic, an anesthetic, an antidepressant, an antibiotic, and a sedative.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient present in all parts of both the male and female marijuana plants, but it is most concentrated in the resin (cannabin) in the flowering tops of the female plant. It was first isolated from the Indian hemp plant ( Cannabis sativa ) and synthesized in 1965.

Medical research has found marijuana useful in lowering internal eye pressure in persons suffering from glaucoma and providing relief from nausea and vomiting caused by treatments given to cancer and AIDS patients. It is also known to reduce muscle pain associated with multiple sclerosis and prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

Marijuana’s effects vary, depending on the strength and amount consumed. Psychological effects can include mild euphoria, visual hallucinations, anxiety, depression, extreme variability of mood, paranoia, and psychoses. Physical effects can include reddening of the eyes, dryness of the mouth and throat, an increase in the heartbeat, chest tightness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, and lack of coordination.

Are marijuana and cannabis the same thing?

The word marijuana is sometimes used interchangeably with cannabis . However, cannibas refers specifically to the plant genus, which comprises Cannabis sativa and, in some classifications, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis .

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marijuana , also spelled marihuana , crude drug composed of the leaves and flowers of plants in the genus Cannabis . The term marijuana is sometimes used interchangeably with cannabis ; however, the latter refers specifically to the plant genus, which comprises C. sativa and, by some classifications, C. indica and C. ruderalis . Marijuana is known by a variety of other names, including pot , tea , grass , and weed . It is usually dried and crushed and put into pipes or formed into cigarettes (joints) for smoking . It can also be added to foods and beverages.

Marijuana varies in potency, depending on the variety and where and how it is grown, prepared for use, and stored. The active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is present in all parts of both the male and female plants but is most concentrated in the resin (cannabin) in the flowering tops of the female. Hashish , a more powerful form of the drug, is made by collecting and drying this resin and is about eight times as strong as the marijuana typically smoked in the United States .

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Mentioned in a Chinese herbal dating from 2700 bce , marijuana has long been considered valuable as an analgesic , an anesthetic, an antidepressant, an antibiotic, and a sedative. Although it was usually used externally (e.g., as a balm or smoked), in the 19th century ce its tips were sometimes administered internally to treat gonorrhea and angina pectoris .

Marijuana’s effects vary, depending upon the strength and amount consumed, the setting in which it is taken, and the experience of the user. Psychological effects tend to predominate, with the user commonly experiencing a mild euphoria. Alterations in vision and judgment result in distortions of time and space. Acute intoxication may occasionally induce visual hallucinations, anxiety, depression, extreme variability of mood, paranoid reactions, and psychoses lasting four to six hours. Marijuana’s physical effects include reddening of the eyes, dryness of the mouth and throat, moderate increase in the rapidity of the heartbeat, tightness of the chest (if the drug is smoked), drowsiness, unsteadiness, and muscular incoordination.

Chronic use does not establish physical dependence, nor does the regular user suffer extreme physical discomfort after withdrawal. However, the use of marijuana may be psychologically habituating. Research indicates that marijuana use during the teenage years is associated with an increased risk of depression in young adulthood.

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The worldwide use of marijuana and hashish as intoxicants has raised various medical and social questions, many of which have been under continuing scientific investigation, especially since the mid-1960s, when THC was first isolated and produced synthetically. Research was directed toward identifying the short- and long-term physical effects of marijuana. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, medical research revealed various therapeutic effects of marijuana and THC. They were found to be useful in lowering internal eye pressure in persons suffering from glaucoma and in alleviating nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat cancer patients and those with AIDS . Marijuana also has been found to reduce the muscle pain associated with multiple sclerosis and to prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

In the late 1980s researchers discovered a receptor for THC and THC-related chemicals in the brains of certain mammals, including humans. This finding indicated that the brain naturally produces a THC-like substance that may perform some of the same functions that THC does. Such a substance subsequently was found and named anandamide, from the Sanskrit ānanda (“bliss”).

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International trade in marijuana and hashish was first placed under controls during the International Opium Convention of 1925. By the late 1960s most countries had enforced restrictions on trafficking and using marijuana and hashish and had imposed generally severe penalties for their illegal possession, sale, or supply. Beginning in the 1970s, some countries and jurisdictions reduced the penalty for the possession of small quantities. The Netherlands is a notable example; the government there decided to tolerate the sale of small amounts of marijuana. Other European countries also began debating the decriminalization of so-called “soft drugs,” including marijuana.

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In the United States, several states passed legislation in the late 1970s and early ’80s to fund research on or to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana , though some of these statutes were later repealed or lapsed. Renewed decriminalization efforts in the 1990s led to the legalization of medicinal marijuana in more than a dozen states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. In 2001, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Later that year Canada passed legislation easing restrictions on medicinal marijuana. That country’s new regulations included licensing marijuana growers to produce the drug for individuals with terminal illnesses or chronic diseases. In 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued a new set of guidelines for federal prosecutors in states where the medical use of marijuana was legalized. The policy shift mandated that federal resources were to be focused primarily on prosecuting illegal use and trafficking of marijuana, thereby rendering cases of medical use, in which those individuals in possession of the drug are clearly in compliance with state laws, less prone to excessive legal investigation. (For more information about the medical uses of marijuana, see medical cannabis .)

In addition to the legalization of medical marijuana, many states in the late 20th and early 21st centuries passed decriminalization laws that imposed penalties other than jail time for possession of a modest amount of marijuana, often imposing a civil fine as punishment instead. In 2012 the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington became the first in which citizens voted in favour of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. By 2022 the recreational use of marijuana was legal in 19 states. In 2022 Pres. Joe Biden issued a mass pardon of all persons convicted of marijuana possession under federal law.

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The facts about recreational marijuana.

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Knowing about marijuana can help you tell if your child or someone else is using it, and help them get treatment.

Marijuana is the most commonly used mind-altering drug in the U.S., after alcohol. It's illegal in some states, but others states have legalized it for medical and recreational use. The drug comes from the hemp plant. The chemicals in marijuana are found in the leaves and flowering shoots. THC is the most well-known of these chemicals. There are also manmade chemicals that act like THC. But they are much stronger. They are synthetic marijuana. They are sold under names such as K2, Kronic, or Spice.

Marijuana can be used in several forms. It's often smoked as a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leave. It can be smoked as a cigarette (joint), in a pipe or bong, or as a blunt. A blunt is a cigar casing that has been filled with marijuana. It might also be mixed in food or brewed as a tea. A more concentrated form called hashish is made from the tops of female plants. It has the highest concentration of THC. It's often pressed into small, solid pieces that look like a small piece of chocolate. These are often put inside a regular cigarette and smoked.

Some studies suggest that some types of marijuana are now stronger than in the past.

Users can become dependent on or addicted to marijuana, just as someone can with alcohol and tobacco. A person is dependent on marijuana when they have withdrawal symptoms. Someone is addicted to the drug when the drug use interferes with many aspects of life but they still can't stop using it. Drug use may affect their finances, school work, and social life.

Symptoms of use

These are some effects of marijuana use:

Feeling of joy, relaxation

Increased sense of sight, hearing, and taste

Increased appetite

Loss of coordination. This makes it hard and difficult, even dangerous to do things such as drive a car.

False sense of time

Trouble thinking and problem-solving that can also affect driving 

Can't tell the difference between oneself and others

Anxiety or panic reactions or being overly suspicious and distrustful can be seen with higher concentrations. This doesn't always happen. In fact, many people take marijuana to treat anxiety.

Signs of marijuana use include:

Being dizzy

Having trouble walking

Being silly and giggly for no reason

Having red, bloodshot eyes

Having a hard time remembering things that just happened

When the early effects fade after a few hours, the user can get very sleepy.

Some long-term marijuana users who smoke the drug daily may have repeated and uncontrolled vomiting (cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome). They often feel better when they take a hot shower. But many people seek medical care.

What to look for

If you're worried that your child may be using marijuana, know what signs to look for. These include the following behaviors:

Withdrawal or separation from others

Excessive tiredness

Not careful about personal hygiene or grooming

Relationships with family members and friends get worse

Other things that may be linked to drug use include changes in school performance, skipping or missing school, lost interest in sports or other favorite activities, and changes in eating or sleeping habits.

Parents should also be aware of signs of drugs and drug items. These include:

Pipes and rolling papers

Strange smell on clothes and in the bedroom

Using incense and other deodorizers

Using eye drops

Frequent red eyes

Unexplained changes in appetite

Eating more food

Long-term studies of high school students show few young people use other drugs without first trying marijuana. So the chance that a child will try cocaine is much higher if they have tried marijuana.

Harmful effects

Marijuana can be harmful in several ways. Some of these are felt right away. Others damage a person's health over time. Marijuana affects short-term memory and the ability to handle difficult tasks. When using stronger types of marijuana, even simple tasks can be difficult.

The drug affects a person's ability to understand and also their reaction time. So users get in car crashes more often than people who don't use marijuana. They also may have more risky sexual behavior. There is a strong link between drug use, unsafe sex, and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Students who use marijuana may find it hard to study and learn because it hurts the ability to focus and pay attention. And young athletes may perform poorly. THC affects timing, movements, and coordination.

Synthetic marijuana products can have even more harmful effects. Hallucinations, kidney damage, seizures, and even death have been reported with these products.

Other problems

Marijuana smoke contains some of the same compounds that cause cancer as tobacco. But they are sometimes in higher concentrations.

Treatments for marijuana dependence are similar to therapies for other drug-abuse problems. These include detoxification, behavioral therapies, and regular attendance at support-group meetings such as those sponsored by Narcotics Anonymous.

There have been recent news stories and state laws about the possible medical benefits of marijuana and its casual or recreational use. But these don't apply to children and teens. Teens often refer to these stories and laws to defend their use of marijuana. 

There's no quick and easy way to prevent teen drug use. But you can influence your children by setting clear rules about not using drugs. Talk with your children about the dangers of using marijuana and other drugs. Act as role models, and stay very involved in your children's lives.

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10 Surprising Facts About Marijuana

There’s a lot more to know about marijuana than the correct way to smoke it. It’s likely the world will never completely unlock all of the secrets hidden within this miraculous plant. Over the years, however, legions of cannabis lovers, scientists, and historians have compiled an ever-growing array of marijuana facts.

Some of them are fascinating, some are funny, and some help debunk long-held myths about marijuana. Whether readers are enjoying this for a few minutes’ of entertainment or to one-up their friends the next time they gather for a smoke session, these cannabis facts aren’t to be missed.

Weed Facts

Its long history has provided the world with centuries’ worth of facts about marijuana.

Interesting Facts About Marijuana

Even if someone has been a cannabis connoisseur for years, learning new cannabis information may make them think differently about their marijuana. This first set of marijuana facts includes trivia about the history of cannabis and how it works in the body.

Females Respond Differently to Marijuana than Males

Cannabis connoisseurs are aware that various strains of marijuana affect people differently. But most people don’t know that how an individual reacts to weed may depend on whether they’re a male or a female? The first fascinating marijuana fact dives into the gender differences that exist when it comes to cannabis use.

A study by Washington State University looked at marijuana tolerance and found that females build a tolerance cannabis much more easily than males. The study was done on rats, as they have a menstrual cycle and experience fluctuations in hormone levels in a way that’s very similar to female humans.

The researchers found that the females were more sensitive to THC during the time of ovulation, so they adjusted their dosage down accordingly. Still, even when starting at a low dose, within 10 days, the female rats had developed a higher tolerance for the drug than males in the study. In other words: if given a little over a week to level up, even the most marijuana-sensitive woman can easily outpace the males.

Man And Woman Smoking Weed

Interesting marijuana fact: research shows that women respond to cannabis differently than men.

Weed Seeds Date Back Thousands of Years

Although the world tends to think of marijuana history as kicking off in the 1960s with the hippies, it actually started far before that. It even began before 1950s, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation.

Although the exact timeframe is a bit muddled, many historians trace the earliest recorded use of marijuana back to China in 10,000 B.C. The ancient Chinese weren’t growing marijuana to smoke it, however. They used hemp to make rope and cannabis oil and seeds as a food source. By 4,000 B.C., hemp was being incorporated into the production of textiles and over time, it spread across the globe.

Fun Facts About Weed

A plant that makes people feel happy and silly is bound to be the source of lots of fun facts. Here’s a list of THC facts meant to generate smiles.

Shakespeare Smoked Pot

Does marijuana make people dumb or creative? Consider this cannabis fact: there is evidence that Shakespeare, the famous playwright and poet, was a fan of the beautiful green plant. Indeed, forensic technology has revealed marijuana residue in pipes found in his Stratford-upon-Avon garden.

The forensic study used a specialized gas procedure that is known to be extremely sensitive to residue preserved in pipes, even if the residue is hundreds of years old. Of the studied clay “tobacco pipes” that came from Shakespeare’s garden, four of them were found to contain traces of marijuana.

Given the research findings, it is possible that Shakespeare was quite high when he wrote the romantic sonnets and other literary works that are still considered masterpieces by many people. If so, then the connection between creativity and cannabis consumption may just have gotten a bit stronger.

Cannabis Facts About Shakespeare

Four pipes discovered in Shakespeare’s garden were found to contain traces of marijuana.

Marijuana Is in the Air in Italy

Another fun marijuana fact? It seems that marijuana smoke is wafting through the air in many parts of Italy. In 2012, scientists at Italy’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research published a report of their findings on the substances in the air of some of the country’s most populous cities.

The researchers tested the air in Florence, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Verona, Naples, Palermo, and Turin. They concluded that weed was floating through the air in all eight of these cities, and that Bologna and Florence had the highest levels.

Even in the latter two cities, the amounts are not concentrated enough to cause a contact high. What is clear, though, is that love isn’t the only thing in the air in Italy. In fact, the researchers discovered that in addition to cannabis, the air in the eight cities also contained cocaine, caffeine, and nicotine.

Cannabis Smoke Air

One of the most fun weed facts? Marijuana is in the air in Italy…but not enough to get anyone high.

More than 200 Slang Terms Exist for Cannabis

It turns out that there are over 200 street names or slang variations of the word marijuana? Even the word “marijuana” is a new term for the plant (in a historical sense). Americans only started using it in the 1930s when Harry Anslinger, the first director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, started a fear-mongering campaign to tie cannabis to immigrant Mexicans. In the years since then, the drug has also become known as “grass,” “weed” or “pot,” but a bit of world travel reveals some other interesting terminology for it.

One example is “dinkie dow cigarette.” Used by American GIs during the Vietnam war, this term borrows the Vietnamese phrase for “crazy” to ask for a bit of wacky weed. If someone wants a joint in Great Britain, they need only ask for a “gasper stick.” It may sound old-fashioned now, but in the U.S., “joystick” used to either refer to the equipment people used to play video games or a marijuana cigarette. Meanwhile, in Latin culture, asking for for “caracas” will result in very low-grade marijuana.

The actual act of smoking cannabis has also generated a slew of slang terms. Marijuana users may be “going loco,” “getting the wind,” “smoking trees,” “chasing,” or even “mowing the grass.”

Facts About Medical Marijuana

One could spend a lifetime poring over everything scientists are learning about marijuana and barely scratch the surface. Some of the most fascinating trivia springs out of facts about medical marijuana.

Marijuana Can Kill Cancer Cells

A report from the U.S. National Cancer Institute explains that cannabis and cannabinoids are helpful in treating cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer therapies. They’ve been proven helpful at controlling nausea and vomiting, as well as stimulating appetite and controlling pain.

But cannabis does more than address the side effects of cancer and its treatments; studies are showing that it may be able to kill the cancer cells themselves. In a 2016 study published in Current Oncology, researchers discussed the large body of evidence showing that cannabinoids can reduce cancerous tumor growth .

Despite the promising findings, cannabis is not yet an FDA-approved cancer treatment because there are not enough studies proving its effectiveness as a cancer-fighter. Still, the findings are promising.

Cannabis Cancer Cells

Among the many medical marijuana facts: when it comes to cancer, marijuana may be good for more than just treating the side effects.

Marijuana Boosts Mood Using the Same Mechanism as Chocolate

THC is an excellent antidepressant because it binds to the same receptors as the brain’s natural anandamide, or “bliss molecule.” CBD , another ingredient in marijuana, slows the brain’s breakdown of anandamide. This makes marijuana a double-whammy in terms of its antidepressant properties.

For those who are feeling down and don’t have marijuana handy, it may help to munch on some chocolate. It turns out that chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that stimulates the brain to produce produce greater amounts of anandamide. It’s apparent that there’s hard science behind chocolate lovers’ enjoyment of the melty treat.

Marijuana Myths and Facts

Along with learning about marijuana facts, it’s always interesting to unearth the truth about popular marijuana myths. From the science behind how weed works to marijuana’s effects, here are a few popular marijuana myths debunked.

Myth: People can get high from eating raw marijuana.

Fact: Some of the best marijuana-themed movie moments feature a character hastily scarfing a bag of weed in order to hide it from the police. The high-flying results might make for good comedy, but they’re not totally realistic. The truth is that freshly-cured weed has very little THC in it– and that’s the ingredient responsible for creating a high. While someone may get an upset stomach from eating it, they’re not likely to get particularly high.

Myth: Marijuana causes lung cancer.

Fact: It’s a well-established medical fact that smoking tobacco causes lung cancer. This has led people to also believe that smoking marijuana will lead to the disease. The most recent studies simply don’t back this up. In a 2015 review of the connection between marijuana and lung cancer , researchers concluded that the “studies largely appear not to support an association with marijuana use.” They felt that this was likely because marijuana users smoke the drug much less frequently than tobacco users smoke cigarettes.

Myth: It’s possible to overdose on marijuana

Fact: Unlike with alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and many other substances, there have been no reported deaths as a result of marijuana overconsumption. Ingesting too much THC can cause a racing heart, anxiety, and nausea – in short, It can make for a very uncomfortable few hours – but it’s never resulted in anyone dying.

Marijuana Facts About Joints and Buds

Cannabis facts can debunk ill-founded fears: no one has ever died as a direct result of marijuana overconsumption.

Wrapping Up the Cannabis Facts

Growing and using cannabis dates back for thousands of years. It’s only fairly recently that the world has experienced an era of marijuana criminalization, stigmatization, and supposed marijuana addiction facts and myths about its use. This interesting history and the research that’s happened since has provided lots of fodder for fun and interesting facts about marijuana. From trivia that’s lighthearted and silly to intriguing facts about medical marijuana, there’s no doubt much more to learn about this powerful and mysterious plant.

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Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug made from a plant and used for recreational and medical purposes. Being fully prohibited in some countries, it is fully legalized in others. In your essay about marijuana, you might want to focus on the pros and cons of its legalization. Another option is to discuss marijuana dependence. One more idea is to compare and contrast marijuana laws in various US states. Finally, you can discuss the business aspects of the issue.

Whether you have to write an argumentative, descriptive, or cause and effect essay, our article will be helpful. It contains marijuana topics to research and write about. You can use them for a paper, speech, or any other assignment. Best marijuana essay examples are added to inspire you even more.

With the current-day process of drug legalization and the popularization of cannabis, writing a marijuana essay becomes more than a one-track, anti-drug endeavor.

Whether your stance is for or against recreational drug use, you should be able to call upon credible sources to form a well-rounded and informed opinion that may sway your readers toward your cause.

Starting from your pre-writing process and bibliography and until you write your conclusion, you need to keep in mind particular points that will make tackling any marijuana essay topics easy. From a structural and pre-writing viewpoint, you should:

If you are still not sure how to begin your paper, look for sample ones online. Searching for good examples will help you understand the tools that work in essay writing, which ones you can apply to your issue, and which bore the audience.

Just remember that plagiarism is a punishable offense. However, gaining some inspiration from the work of others is not!

Now you are ready to begin, having carried out the research and created guidelines for your writing process. However, an intriguing title and an issue that may easily excite people is not enough to convince your readers of your subject’s validity.

Nonetheless, the potentially provocative nature of your paper provides you with the ability to write a fail-safe marijuana essay hook. Your introduction should build upon the sentiment expressed in your title and give your audience an initiative to read further.

You can start by providing surprising statistics or describing a present drug scenario. The goal of writing an introduction is to give your readers a brief understanding of your issue and present them with partial facts, making them want to continue reading.

Do not be afraid to expand your topics and link various data together while keeping in mind an academic approach.

Adverse societal effects of marijuana use may include an increase in the number of car accident cases, especially if there is no culture of safety around recreational drug use. However, trying to link it to society’s degradation may require more evidence than mere statistics.

Understand which approach is more likely to convince your audience and be ready to respond to potential counterarguments to your facts. Treating your audience as knowledgeable is one of the central characteristics of a good essayist.

Remember to write only sentences that are relevant to your argument. A sound mental practice when writing an essay is to continuously ask yourself, whether each phrase relates to your thesis statement.

If yes, does it help advance it forward? If the answers for these questions is no, you may have to rephrase, remove, or even re-research your facts to demonstrate a compelling understanding of the issue.

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Marijuana is a cure, a drug, and a booming business, all wrapped into one, which is pretty amazing. Hardly has any plant caused so much controversy, but we have to admit the future seems bright with medical marijuana getting more and more recognition. Our marijuana facts tell you all about it, as well as some little-known historical facts.

In addition, you’ll get to know a thing or two about its business success (the cannabis market and revenues are absolutely huge), plus found out where the biggest cannabis greenhouse is and who made the biggest blunt.

Therefore, get ready to raise your eyebrows, and keep them in that position throughout the text! 

10 Facts About Marijuana That Show Its Power

( Business Insider )

Here is a short list of marijuana facts, good ones to start with, which underline the benefits marijuana has for our body and mind, and the main reasons why the majority of Americans would vote in favor of marijuana legalization:

1. It’s a great chronic pain reliever

2. it reduces nausea, 3. it may have the substance for battling cancer cells, 4. it helps with stress, anxiety, and ptsd, 5. it may prevent alzheimer’s, 6. it can prevent glaucoma, 7. it controls epileptic seizures, 8. it decreases symptoms of dravet’s syndrome, 9. it boosts appetite, 10. it helps with neuropathic pain.

With more research being conducted surrounding marijuana, it will most likely be legalized in all states under federal law. Until then, we will have to wait.

10 Why Marijuana Should Be Illegal Facts

( NCBI ) ( CDC )

Despite its excellent qualities, marijuana still exhibits some adverse effects on our health. Depending on the type of use, it can cause:

11. Memory loss (short-term memory)

12. impaired vision and movement, 13. cannabis use disorder, 14. paranoia and psychosis (in high doses), 15. altered judgment, 16. poor decision making, 17. slow reactions, 18. bronchitis symptoms, 19. worrying effects on the teenage brain, 20. adverse effects during pregnancy.

Marijuana during pregnancy facts build a strong case against marijuana usage in this period, as the consumption can harm the baby. Teenagers endure serious consequences, too, so marijuana must not be used until one is old enough to do so.

Top Historical Marijuana Facts

Let’s learn a thing or two about marijuana history, shall we?

21. Marijuana is about 8,000 years old. 

( Advanced Holistic Health ) ( Live Science )

At first, marijuana wasn’t used to get high. Its seeds and oil were used for food in China. One of the most popular stories is about how a Chinese emperor Shen Nung used marijuana as medicine in 2737 BCE. 

However, his name does not match any of the Chinese emperors, not to mention that the first Chinese emperor was born around 260 BCE, so this completely breaks marijuana myths and facts about its origin. The first emperor was born more than 2,000 years later. Remember, it’s BCE, not AD we are talking about.

22. Americans didn’t use the term “marijuana” until the late 19th century.

( Dictionary )

It was only at the end of the 19th century that Americans started to pronounce the Mexican Spanish marihuana or mariguana in their own way. By the way, it was also associated with a personal name – Maria Juana. Sounds familiar? Yes, Mary Jane is its English cousin.

23. Noteworthy marijuana drug facts show us that the strongest marijuana strain contains 37.5% of THC.

( New York Times ) ( Weednews )

If you have been a regular marijuana user for decades, you have probably wondered if it’s just you, or marijuana strains have become stronger. The truth is, they have. Back in the day marijuana would far less get you “high” as it contained less than 5% THC. 

There are a few things you need to know about weed . For example, today you can easily find samples with over 30% THC. The best examples are the Toad and Brownie Scout that both, when tested, showed 37.5% THC.

24. Marijuana was known and sold by the name “Indian Cigarette.”  

( Revolutionary Clinics )

Before vape pens , there were Indian cigarettes. “Indian cigarette” was advertised as an aid for respiratory conditions, though it was rather poisonous due to additions to cannabis resin (potassium nitrate and nightshade). Also, the very first mention of marijuana rolled in a piece of paper was in 1856.

25. Not so well-known marijuana facts : British queens loved marijuana.

( Underknown ) ( BBC News )

Whereas Queen Victoria had it prescribed for her menstrual pains, Queen Elizabeth I used it an excellent party starter. The ruler liked to offer her guests with it and even issued a law by which a farmer was legally obliged to plant some marijuana on their land.

As for Queen Elizabeth II, there is no official data, but her grandson, Prince Harry, had some experience with smoking marijuana and was sent to a drugs clinic in 2002.

26. So far, marijuana legalization facts include only Uruguay and Canada as the two countries where recreational marijuana is fully legalized.

Uruguay was the very first country to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada had medical marijuana legalized since 2001, but it took them 17 years to make recreational use legal as well.

27. Vanity Fair used to advertise hashish candies as harmless remedies.

( Recovery )

The 1862 commercial said it was a pleasurable remedy against anxiety and melancholy. Take into consideration that cannabis edibles weren’t something new at the time. For a long time, marijuana was considered legal medicine in the US and was even added to the US Pharmacopeia. It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that states started to ban it. 

Medical Marijuana Facts & Stats

Marijuana has shown such impressive health benefits that each year another state is joining the legalization process. 

28. There are about 4,375,822 medical marijuana patients in the US.

( MPP ) ( Statista )

California was the state with the highest number of medical marijuana patients in 2020, with roughly 2 million registered patients that make 4.86% of the overall California population.

Oklahoma took second place with the highest percentage of 7.92% of the overall Oklahoma population.

29. Marijuana is the world’s first anesthetic.

Historical marijuana health facts tell us the story of a Chinese surgeon who used a marijuana mixture to relieve pain during surgery. As a matter of fact, the Chinese word for anesthesia is mazui, which means “marijuana intoxication.”

30. Medical marijuana is legal in 35 states.

( Carnevale Associates )

It’s been a while since marijuana’s positive effects can no longer be denied, such as reducing (chronic) pain and helping with anxiety, seizures, and depression, to say the least.

31. Facts about medical marijuana sales: by the end of 2020 retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the US were expected to reach $15 billion.

( Marijuana Business Daily )

This also shows that there was a 40% increase in medical and recreational marijuana sales, compared to 2019. Moreover, it is estimated that by the end of 2024 the total sales will reach a dazzling $37 billion.

It seems only the sky’s the limit. As we have already mentioned, the advantages are becoming more recognized and the word of mouth definitely has something to do with it.

32. UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs removed cannabis from Schedule 4 classification.

On December 2, 2020, based on the WHO recommendation, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs removed cannabis for medical purposes from the Schedule 4 classification. This means that cannabis is no longer on the list of dangerous substances even though it will remain under the restrictions of the Schedule 1 category in the US.

33. One of the most important marijuana facts : Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved medicine that is derived from cannabis.

( Medical News Today ) 

Admittedly, Epidiolex is hemp-derived, but it is cannabis after all. The two conditions this new drug treats—Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome—are both rare and severe types of childhood-onset epilepsy. Even worse, the disease may result in the early death of the child.

This brings hope that marijuana-derived medicine will one day become FDA-approved too.

34. You could be allergic to marijuana without knowing it.

( The GrowthOp )

As one of the most important and interesting facts about marijuana , due to its (il)legal status, it’s difficult to determine what percentage of the population is allergic to it. The symptoms are similar to any other allergies: sneezing, watery eyes, nasal running. Usually, marijuana or hemp workers are the first to experience it. What is more, sometimes barely touching the plant causes an allergic reaction on the skin. 

Marijuana Fun Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Now, let’s relax a little and learn some not-so-well-known facts to impress your friends.

35. Jesus used marijuana to cure the ill.

( Daily Star )

Marijuana is mentioned in the Talmud, as well as the Bible. According to some scholars, there is even a proper marijuana oil recipe in Exodus 30: 22-25. We suggest you try it out. How’s that for fun facts about marijuana!

36. Pot is short for potagaya. It’s not a dish, but a type of wine or brandy.

Americans started using the term in the late 1930s when they learned about potagaya or potiguaya, i.e., potación de guaya (“the drink of grief”). It is basically an alcoholic drink in which marijuana buds were steeped.

37. Marijuana vs alcohol facts show Millennials tend to drink less beer when they use marijuana.

( MarketWatch ) 

Compared to how much is spent on one night of drinking alcohol and the amount of money spent on marijuana per month, using marijuana is much cheaper. It offers an interesting new experience, too, and Millennials are all about new and exciting events. Also, there is no hangover the next morning.

38. Columbus took marijuana seeds to the New World.

( Underknown )

The idea was that should they get shipwrecked, some marijuana had to be planted. Another one from the historical marijuana interesting facts list is the one about the first US president, who was also a huge fan of the plant and had it planted in the garden.

39. In 2009, a man has set the world record in smoking the greatest number of marijuana joints – 115,000.

( ABC News )

This achievement was not done by an enthusiast, though. The stockbroker, Irvin Rosenfeld, who has smoked 115,000 joints in 28 years, which means he smoked 10 to 12 joints every single day, did so because of his illness. These are very interesting marijuana medical facts which could be used as a case for legalization, especially since his supplier is the government itself.

The total number of joints is even higher today, as Irv continues to use his therapy against a form of bone cancer.

40. The most expensive joint was shaped like an elephant tusk and cost $24,000.

Perfectly appropriate for the occasion (collecting funds for the African Wildlife Foundation), the joint was shaped by Weavers, a rolling expert. Rolling a 1.5 pounds and 30 inches long joint took two weeks and the paper used was made of 24-karat gold.

41. Legal facts on marijuana : the shortest jury deliberation in history was about marijuana usage.

( Guinness World Record )

In 2004, the New Zealand jury took one whole minute to deliberate. 60 seconds was sufficient for them to agree Nicholas Clive McAllister should be a free man and there is not enough evidence 23 marijuana plants on his land were planted by himself. The accused ran and hid from the police when they saw him, but this was not good enough proof for the jury.

42. The biggest cannabis greenhouse in the US is located in Arizona (40 acres).

( Greenhouse Grower )

Just three and a half hours away from the Grand Canyon lies the 2 million square feet cannabis greenhouse called Copperstate. What once started as a hydroponic tomato greenhouse, today became the biggest cannabis greenhouse in the US.

43. Bazooka Blunt was the largest joint-blunt ever made.

( Marijuana )

It was inspired by a rocket launcher but resembled a golden bazooka (hence the name). The blunt took a week to complete and was filled with 5 pounds of weed. On the other hand, it took about 4 hours to smoke it at an anniversary party hosted by a Los Angeles dispensary.

Now, that’s a good idea for a personalized gift .

Interesting Facts About the Marijuana Industry

How much money does marijuana bring to the table?

44. Legal marijuana market will reach $93 billion by 2030.

( GlobeNewswire )

Speaking of the financial seriousness of marijuana’s impact , it’s enough to say that experts predict the legal marijuana market to reach $93 billion by 2030. To be more precise, the numbers will go up by far, given that the marijuana market was worth $15.5 billion in 2019.

45. The biggest tax rates on marijuana are in Washington.

( Tax Foundation )

Washington holds the first place with its 37%, whereas the bottom of the list belongs to Maine (10%). However, this does not necessarily mean Washington has the highest prices.

The tax system is individual for each state. For instance, Alaska is the only one that does taxes exclusively based on weight. 

Prior to the pandemic, the states were expected to achieve $1.8 billion in excise tax revenues.

46. The marijuana industry has opened new, original jobs and is increasing the employment rate rapidly.

( Monster )

Marijuana facts and statistics predict the marijuana industry will have created 414,000 new jobs by the end of 2021. The top in-demand jobs in the cannabis industry will include jobs like sales and marketing, management of weed cultivation, cannabis extraction, a cannabis dispensary, bud trimming, and budtending.

If you didn’t know, budtenders are shop assistants selling you the desired dose, while bud trimmers cut off the undesired leaves from a marijuana plant. 

47. Women are more successful in the marijuana business than in other industries.

 ( Green Entrepreneur ) ( Bezinga )

Girl power facts about marijuana tell us that women in the marijuana industry held 36.8% of executive positions in 2019. In other industries, female leaders account for only 21%. 

There were many women cannabis advocates throughout history, like Billie Holiday, the famous jazz singer, Mary Jane Rathbun aka Brownie Mary, the medical cannabis activist, and Wanda James, the first African-American dispensary owner. 

48. Marijuana delivery services increased their sales during the pandemic. 

( Los Angeles Times ) ( Business Wire ) ( Marijuana Business Daily )

One of the most popular cannabis delivery apps, Eaze, increased its sales up to 38% during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of new registered users to the app jumped by 105%. 

Another popular app, Leafly, also had an increase in pickup orders by 176%, while Sava had the highest delivery demands in March.

49. Why marijuana should be legalized–facts suggest that 40% of marijuana in Colorado is sold illegally.

( Team Mary Jane )

Despite the legalization, the marijuana black market in Colorado is very much active. One of the reasons is that not everybody wishes to be seen paying a visit to a dispensary. Moreover, Colorado is supplying weed to the rest of the country where marijuana is still illegal.

50. Marijuana facts from 2021 : Oregon has more marijuana dispensaries than McDonald’s restaurants.

( Verilife ) ( CSUN )

Obviously, if you don’t know where to invest your money and you wish to enter the marijuana industry , starting your business in Oregon would be the right move. There are about 660 dispensaries throughout Oregon, compared to 152 McDonald’s restaurants. That’s 16.5 dispensaries per 100,000 residents.

There are plenty more fascinating marijuana facts out there, but we tried to pick out those that are absolutely astounding.

To sum things up, marijuana is a fantastic plant species. It has been with us for centuries, but new discoveries are made each year. Hopefully, marijuana will soon get the recognition it truly deserves! One of the ways to help the cause is definitely to spread some awareness about it as we’ve just done.

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Marijuana Essay:  Marijuana, also known as cannabis, among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used primarily for recreational or medical purposes. The main psychoactive component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, and food, which has various mental and physical effects, including euphoria, altered states of mind and sense of time, difficulty concentrating, impaired short-term memory, and body movement, relaxation, and an increase in appetite.

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Long and Short Essays on Marijuana Essay for Students and Kids in Englis

We are providing students with essay samples on a long essay of 500 words and a short essay of 150 words on the topic of Marijuana for reference.

Long Essay on Marijuana Essay 500 Words in English

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Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa, also known as pot, herb, weed, grass, bud, Mary Jane, ganja, and many other slang terms. Some people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, pipes, in blunts (marijuana rolled in cigar wraps), or water pipes (sometimes called bongs). Marijuana can also be used to brew tea. It is frequently mixed into foods (edibles) such as brownies, cookies, or candies, particularly sold or consumed for medicinal purposes.

For the consumption of marijuana, vaporizers are also increasingly used. Stronger forms of marijuana include sinsemilla (from specially tended female plants) and concentrated resins containing high doses of marijuana’s active ingredients, including honey like hash oil, waxy budder, and hard amberlike shatter. These resins are increasingly popular among those who use them both recreationally and medically.

The main psychoactive(mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects that people seek, is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Chemically related THC compounds, called cannabinoids and other chemicals are found in resin produced by the leaves and buds primarily of the female cannabis plant. The plant also contains more than 500 other chemicals, including more than 100 THC compounds.

When marijuana is smoked, THC, and other chemicals in the plant pass from the lungs into the bloodstream, which rapidly carries them throughout the body to the brain. The effects of marijuana begin almost immediately on the person. Many people usually experience a sense of relaxation and pleasant euphoria. Other common effects, which include heightened sensory perception (e.g., brighter colors), laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite, may experience or vary dramatically among different people.

An acute psychosis, which includes hallucinations, delusions, and a loss of the sense of personal identity, maybe experience by people who have taken large doses of marijuana. Although detectable amounts of THC may remain in the body for days or even weeks after use, the noticeable effects of smoked marijuana generally last from 1 to 3 hours, and those of marijuana consumed in food or drink may last for many hours.

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In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Other countries to do so are Canada, Georgia, and South Africa, along with 11 states and the District of Columbia (though the drug remains federally illegal). Medical use of cannabis, requiring the approval of a physician, has been legalized in many countries.

Imaging studies have shown conflicting results on the impact of marijuana on brain structure in humans. Some studies suggest regular marijuana use in adolescence is associated with altered connectivity and reduced volume of specific brain regions involved in a broad range of executive functions such as memory, learning, and impulse control compared to people who do not use.

Some studies have also linked marijuana use to declines in IQ, especially when use starts in adolescence and leads to persistent cannabis use disorder into adulthood. More research will be needed to answer definitively whether marijuana use causes long-term IQ losses.

People with marijuana use disorders, especially adolescents, often suffer from other psychiatric disorders (comorbidity). On average, adults seeking marijuana treatment have attempted to quit more than six times and used marijuana nearly every day for more than ten years.

They may also use or be addicted to other substances, such as cocaine or alcohol. Available studies indicate that effectively treating the mental health disorder with standard treatments involving medications and behavioral therapies may help reduce marijuana use, particularly among those involved with heavy use and those with more chronic mental disorders.

Short Essay on Marijuana Essay 150 Words in English

Short Essay on Marijuana Essay is usually given to classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Marijuana, also known as pot, herb, weed, grass, bud, Mary Jane, ganja, and many other slang terms, is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa.

The main psychoactive(mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects that people seek, is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

When marijuana is smoked, THC, and other chemicals in the plant pass from the lungs into the bloodstream, which rapidly carries them throughout the body to the brain. Chemically related THC compounds, called cannabinoids and other chemicals, are found in the female cannabis plant’s resin.

Many people who consume marijuana usually experience a sense of relaxation and pleasant euphoria. Other common effects include laughter, altered perception of time, heightened sensory perception (e.g., brighter colors), and increased appetite. The experience may vary dramatically among different people.

Effectively treating the mental health disorder with standard treatments involving medications and behavioral therapies may help reduce marijuana use, particularly among those involved with heavy use and those with more chronic mental disorders.

10 Lines on Marijuana Essay in English

1. The hops in beers and marijuana in blunt belong to the same family of flowering plants. 2. A scientific study revealed that ingesting weed can hold the clue to cancer cure as marijuana could stop the spread or growth of many aggressive cancer types. 3. It is partly true and a common myth that smoking weed weakens your brain. Adults who are hooked to cannabis don’t show a decline in their IQ. 4. The first e-commerce transaction was the sale of cannabis, done by Stanford students back in 1971! 5. It’s common thinking that Netherlands or Jamaica may have the highest population percentage consuming marijuana, but it’s Iceland, with almost 18 % of its population reportedly using weed. 6. In Bhutan, the popular feed for pigs is weed as it is more common than grass; not many smokes it. 7. A pot smoker would theoretically have to smoke a lot of weed, nearly 680 KGs of marijuana, within about fifteen minutes to die of it. 8. A cigarette has a 90% addiction rate, while marijuana is even less addictive than coffee. Studies indicate that alcohol and smoking are more harmful than weed. 9. Approximately 4,600 pounds of CO2 has been released into the atmosphere; weed poses bigger risks to the ecology. 10. Researchers have discovered that the brain produces similar reactions as a weed as that of chocolate.

FAQ’s on Marijuana Essay

Question 1.  How is marijuana used?

Answer:  Marijuana can be smoked like a cigarette and rolled up like a joint or a cigar/blunt. Sometimes people mix it with food and eat it or brew it as a tea(edibles).

Question 2.  Is it possible to “overdose” or have a bad reaction to marijuana?

Answer: A fatal overdose is unlikely, but that does not mean marijuana is harmless. Too much of Marijuana can cause extreme confusion, paranoia, panic, anxiety, etc.

Question 3.  What causes the effect when consumed Marijuana?

Answer:  The main psychoactive(mind-altering) chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Question 4. Is it safe for a breastfeeding mom to use marijuana?

Answer: We do not yet know. Chemicals from marijuana can be passed to your baby through breast milk as THC is stored in fat and slowly released.


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