Essay by kyaJunior High, 9th grade February 2005

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The drug I am discussing is Marijuana. Marijuana is an illegal drug that comes from the dried flowers and leaves of Cannibis Sativa. Marijuana is a green plant with 5 or more leaves. People use Marijuana because it makes them feel good about themselves and they just want to get high. Other names used for Marijuana are grass, pot, dope, weed and yarndi plus many more names. Marijuana is usually smoked in joints (a cigarette) or bongs (water pipes).

THC (tetrahyrocannabinol) is the main chemical in Marijuana that cause the 'high' feeling. The strength of the marijuana depends on the level of THC it contains. The short-term affects Marijuana has on a person are sleepiness, bloodshot eyes, The munchies and many more. Marijuana also affects the ability to perform complex tasks such as driving. It can decrease inhibitions that may lead to engaging in risky behaviour such as unsafe sex and dangerous driving.

If you use a large amount of Marijuana it can result in confusion, restlessness, vomiting and panic attacks. The long-term effects are dependence, decrease concentration, memory loss and the ability to learn, increase the risk of getting diseases such as lung cancer or bronchitis. Other potential problems that could be linked to Marijuana use are: poor school performance, poor work performance, can cause you to have more accidents, difficulties with relationships both family and friends, problems with the law and emotional disorders such as depression.

Marijuana smoking contains more cancer -causing agents than tobacco smoking. Mixing Marijuana with tobacco can result in nicotine addiction. It is safer to use joints then bongs because bongs increases lungs getting more tat and other toxins and it is also safer not to mix drugs and alcohol with Marijuana.