General Information on Marijuana Facts

Below are just some marijuana facts and general marijuana information about the immediate effects when getting stoned, and the various ways to on how to administer marijuana to get high.

Marijuana (cannabis):

  • is the most frequently used illicit drug in America and Australia today marijuana facts
  • refers to the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant
  • is a tobacco-like substance produced by drying the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant
  • can look like dried herbs or tea. Sometimes it contains seeds or twigs. It can be grey, green or brown in color
  • varies significantly in potency, depending on source and selection of plant materials
  • the form known as sinsemilla (Spanish, sin semilla: without seed) is derived from unpollinated female cannabis plants and is preferred for its high THC content.
  • is usually smoked in the form of loosely rolled cigarettes called “joints”, hollowed out commercial cigars called “blunts” or water pipes called “bongs”
  • Joints and blunts may be laced with a number of adulterants including phencyclidine (PCP), substantially altering the effects and toxicity of these products
  • street names include pot, grass, weed, Mary Jane, Acapulco Gold, reefer, “cannabis”, “mull”, “dope”, and “yarndi”.

Symptoms such as:

  • dryness of the mouth
  • reddening if the eyes
  • impaired motor skills and concentration
  • frequent hunger
  • increased desire for sweets
  • occasionally hallucinations, fantasies and paranoia are reported


The Effect of THC

When marijuana is smoked, THC goes:

  • quickly into the blood through the lungs
  • to the brain (this is when the “high” is felt and can happen within a few minutes and can last up to five hours)
  • THC is absorbed more slowly into the blood when marijuana is eaten as it has to pass through the stomach and intestine and can take up to one hour to experience the “high” effects which can last up to 12 hours.
  • THC is absorbed quickly into body fat and is then released very slowly back into the blood. This process can take up to one month for a single dose of THC to fully leave the body.

The effects of marijuana will vary from person to person depending on:
  • how much taken
  • how strong (potent) the marijuana is
  • how the marijuana is taken (joint, bong, food)
  • size, weight, health
  • mood
  • individual experience with marijuana
  • if marijuana is taken with other drugs
  • whether alone or with other people, at home or at a party.

Immediate effects

Small amounts

With a small amount of marijuana the effects can last up to five hours. You may:

  • feel unusually well and happy
  • talk and laugh more than usual
  • have changes in balance & coordination
  • feel hungry
  • have a faster heart rate
  • have red eyes
  • focus awareness on one particular thing and ignore all other things.
  • These effects usually lead to feelings of slowing down and sleepiness.

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