Marijuana Facts

Marijuana is one of the commonly abused substances in the U.S. It originates from the Cannabis sativa plant which is dried and shredded before is it distributed. The primary active ingredient is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Without a prescription from a medical professional, marijuana is illegal to possess or distribute.

Street Names    

Marijuana is commonly known by other slang terms including:

  • Weed 
  • Ganja
  • Dope
  • Pot
  • Hash
  • Herb
  • Green
  • Chronic
  • Boom
  • Skunk
  • Blunt
  • Gorilla finger
  • Reefer
  • Tree
  • Roach
  • Dro
  • Broccoli

How Marijuana Is Abused

Marijuana is most commonly smoked by using different forms of paraphernalia. It is typically smoked out of a pipe or a cigarette that is known as a “joint.” Cigars can also be emptied of tobacco and replaced with marijuana to make what is known as a “blunt.” Marijuana also can be put into edible foods by concentrating its molecules into oil.

Immediate Effects Of Heroin

When marijuana smoke gets inhaled into the lungs, THC gets absorbed into the bloodstream where it is then carried throughout the body. When the chemicals reach the brain, the molecules attach to receptors that are responsible for feelings of pleasure, thinking and coordination. Therefore, when someone is high on marijuana they can experience disorientation, impaired cognitive function and weakened coordination. People that enjoy using marijuana regularly do so for the euphoric and care-free feeling that they get from it.

Is Marijuana Addicting?

This is a question that is constantly debated over. There are two ways to get addicted to a substance; physically and psychologically. While there is little evidence to show that marijuana is physically addicting, it can be relatively psychologically addicting. Psychological addiction implies that an individual may feel compelled to use marijuana despite the harmful consequences that may occur. People that try to quit using marijuana are known to have withdrawals that include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Intensified marijuana craving

Struggling With Marijuana?

If you feel like you are struggling with an addiction and are ready to quit, then there are addiction treatment facilities that can help you. At, we understand that it can be a challenging process to find a facility that meets all of your individual needs. Call our free addiction helpline today and let us help you locate the best drug rehab center for you.

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