Marijuana is made from leaves and flowers of the hemp (cannabis) plant. It is illegal to grow and use in most parts of the country although, in several states, it is legal for medicinal purposes. It is highly likely, however, that most buyers in these situations are recreational users.
Addiction experts agree that this drug is addictive, that it can be a gateway drug to other dangerous drugs, and that it can disrupt healthy lifestyles. Because “pot” is sold illegally, the buyer cannot be sure what exactly he is getting. Some drugs sold as marijuana actually contain more lethal ingredients.
How is it used?
Signs of usage:
Effects of usage:
How long do the effects last?
Effects peak within 20 minutes and last two to three hours.
Effects of withdrawal:
Marijuana users may experience panic or anxiety attacks.
Effects of prolonged usage:
Marijuana is being used in combination with other illegal drugs and is a delivery medium for other drugs. Crack, psilocybin mushrooms, ketamine, or PCP are sometimes added to a marijuana joint. Slang names for the combinations vary according to geographic locations.
Joints (or “blunts”) containing PCP are known as:
Dipping marijuana joints into other chemicals such as formaldehyde, embalming fluid or formaldehyde mixed with PCP enhances the effects of marijuana and makes the joints and blunts burn longer. The PCP combination produces aggressive behavior in the users. Variations make marijuana smoking even more unpredictable, particularly to unsuspecting novice users.
Marijuana is often used in combination with drinking alcohol. Many people have smoked pot for decades and have lost countless hours of productive work or have lost the experience of authentic and rewarding relationships. They are often unable to cope with daily stresses without being high.