What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a mixture of the dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. The mixture can be green, brown, or gray.

A bunch of leaves seem harmless, right? But think again. Marijuana has a chemical in it called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC.

Marijuana can contain around 400 chemicals, many of them added during processing.  However, THC is the main mind altering ingredient. Marijuana’s strength is related to the amount of THC it contains. Because of the way marijuana is grown today, it can be 5 times stronger than in the 1970’s. Stronger marijuana has stronger effects.  Also the marijuana you use might be mixed with other drugs and chemicals like PCP, formaldehyde, codeine cough syrup or crack cocaine. This can make even occasional use risky.

For some people, smoking marijuana makes them feel good. Within minutes of inhaling, a user begins to feel “high,” or filled with pleasant sensations. THC triggers brain cells to release the chemical dopamine. Dopamine creates good feelings—ONLY for a short time. But that’s just one effect…