Marijuana

Street names: 

 

Marijuana (grass, weed, pot, dope, ganja and others), Hashish (hash), Hash oil (weed oil, honey oil) 


What is marijuana?


The word “cannabis” refers to marijuana, hashish (hash) and hash oil, which all come from cannabis sativa, a type of hemp plant. All three contain THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical that changes the way you think, feel and act.  THC is the chemical responsible for the “high”.

Risks?


If you smoke marijuana, it can harm you. Many people don’t know this, but marijuana smoke contains more tar and more of some cancer-causing chemicals than tobacco smoke.


    •    Lung irritation and increased risk of cancer
    •    Bronchitis and asthma
    •    Low birth weight
    •    Attention and memory issues
    •    Hallucinations and paranoia

Peterborough specific info:


    •    26.3% of Canadian youth (age 15-24) report using cannabis in the past year  - a rate four times higher than adults. 42.9% have used cannabis in their lifetime. [CADUMS 2009]
    
Links we love:


http://www.camh.net/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/AMH101/top_searched_cannabis.html
http://www.not4me.org/drug_facts/marijuana.html
http://www.whatswithweed.ca/weed/