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Soft black resin, furry green leaves and hard brown lumps, cannabis can look very different depending on its type — but it all comes from cannabis plants. Also known as grass, weed is made from drying out the leaves and flowering parts of the cannabis plant. It can look like dried herbs and is usually brownish-green in colour. This is the name given for particular strains of grass that are very strong.


What is cannabis?

The effects of any drug including cannabis vary from person to person. How cannabis affects a person depends on many things including their size, weight and health, also whether the person is used to taking it and whether other drugs are taken around the same time. The effects of any drug also depend on the amount taken. There is no safe level of drug use.

You can get “high”

Use of any drug always carries some risk—even medications can produce unwanted side effects. It is important to be careful when taking any type of drug. Low to moderate doses of cannabis can produce effects that last 2 to 4 hours after smoking.

The effects of ingested eaten cannabis usually start within 1 hour. Some of the effects include:. Long-term cannabis use can have many effects on an individual:. Hormones: Cannabis can affect hormone production.

How do people use marijuana?

Research shows that some cannabis users have a lowered sex drive. Irregular menstrual cycles and lowered sperm counts have also been reported.

Immune system: There is some concern that cannabis smoking may impair the functioning of the immune system. There is some evidence that regular cannabis use increases the likelihood of psychotic symptoms in people who are already vulnerable due to a personal or family history of mental illness. Cannabis also appears to make psychotic symptoms worse for people with schizophrenia, and using cannabis can lower the chances of recovery from a psychotic episode.

The effects of mixing cannabis with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines, are often unpredictable. Some people use cannabis to come down from stimulants such as amphetamines or ecstasy.

What is marijuana?

The mixing of cannabis and ecstasy has been linked to reduced motivation, impaired memory and mental health problems. Cannabis can be passed on to an unborn baby through the placenta, or to an infant in breast milk. It is dangerous to drive after using cannabis.

The effects of cannabis, such as altered perception, impaired coordination and sleepiness, can affect driving ability. It is especially risky to drive after drinking alcohol and using cannabis, as the combination can increase the effects described above. Australian Drug Foundation. Cannabis Facts. Last updated 25 Jan Effects of cannabis The effects of any drug including cannabis vary from person to person.

Low to moderate doses Low to moderate doses of cannabis can produce effects that last 2 to 4 hours after smoking.

Effects of cannabis

Some of the effects include: Higher doses confusion restlessness excitement hallucinations anxiety or panic detachment from reality decreased reaction time paranoia. Long-term effects Long-term cannabis use can have many effects on an individual: Brain : Impaired concentration, memory and learning ability. Lungs : Smoking cannabis can result in a sore throat, asthma and bronchitis. How Do I Quit Smoking? Norman Swan Addictions March 20. Why is ICE so Problematic?

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Common or street names: Bud, ganja, grass, hashish, hemp, Indian hemp, marijuana, pot, reefer, weed.


Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant.


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