S: Marijuana by Kendra Howell
FC: http://www.drugeducation.net/marijuana.htm http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis_effects.shtml | Marijuana
1: Marijuana is a greenish, tabacco-like substance produced by drying the leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis Sativa plant. It contains more than 400 chemicals. The primary ingredient is THC. | Street names for Marijuana are: 420, blunt, bud, chronic, doobie, dope, ganja, grass, green, herb, joint, kryp, kryptonite, nail, pot, reefer, and most commonly weed. | Marijuana is a hallucinogen and a stimulant.
2: It can be smoked in loosely rolled cigarettes("joints"), hollowed out commercial cigars("blunts"), in standard pipes, or water pipes("bongs") Marijuana can always be taking orally.
3: Marijuana is considered by some to be a safe treatment for symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, epilepsy, and other conditions.
4: Short term side effects are: -Drowsiness -Impaired short-term memory -Reduced ability to concentrate -Loss of coordination -Increased heart-rate -Dry mouth -Bloodshot eyes -Decreased social inhibitions | Long term side effects: In males: -Reduced testosterone -Delay deepening of voice -Delay growth o beard In females: -Increased testosterone -Possible infertility -Irregular menstrual cycles
5: Not everyone who takes marijuana will become an addict, but when marijuana is taken compulsively it can become very addicting. | Marijuana is similar to herbal drugs such as: -Yopo -Peyote -Khat
6: Marijuana has been around since about 7000-8000 BC. In China the seeds were used as food. In the Middle East smoking marijuana became popular in the 900-1000. George Washington also grew marijuana plants in 1797. In the 1840's marijuana was used as medicine in the United States.