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Pre-Test
1) What are some street names for marijuana?
a) Kush, pot, trees.
b) Speed, crank, tina.
c) Mojo, blow, happy dust.

2) About what percent of Americans have tried weed in their
lifetime?
a) 25%
b) 60%
c) 40%

3) What type of drug is marijuana classified as?
a) stimulant.
b) Hallucinogen.
c) Sedative hypnotic.

4) What main chemical in marijuana gets you high?
a) THC
b) TpK2
c) Phetamilanema-Kyrnticlisotios 502

5) Is weed illegal?
a) yes.
b) no.
c) it is de-facto illegal.

6) When was weed legalized?
a) 1944
b) 1959
c) 1906
7) What plant does marijuana come from?
a) Cannabis sativa.
b) Hashia mangana.
c) Llativa shiveera.

8) What does the Spanish word marijuana mean in English?
a) Maria Jeannette
b) Mary Jane
c) Mary Joe

9) How many cases of marijuana overdoses have lead to death
in the USA in the past 50 years?
a) 0
b) 2,907
c) approximately 8,000

10) How does one intake the drug marijuana?
a) smoking, drinking, or eating it.
b) injecting it into the bloodstream.
c) rubbing it onto the skin above the heart.
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What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is a stimulant psychoactive variety of hemp called
Cannabis sativa. Hemp grows in tropical, warm climates. The
dried leaves and flowers of the plant have been used as drugs
for a long time. Hemp can and is used for many other things like
oil, rope, canvas, linen, and medicine.

A Brief History
Marijuana, (Spanish for Mary Jane), has first been found to be
referenced as early as 2700 BC in Chinese manuscripts. When
Europeans arrived to America, it was only first recorded to be
discovered in 1545. Marijuana was considered to be so useful,
farmers in Virginia were fined for not growing it. In 1617, it was
introduced to England, where it truly thrived as a common
household medicine. Cannabis was used for treating illnesses
such as toothaches, menstrual cramps, and headaches. In 1913,
U.S. drug companies created a more powerful version called
Cannabis Americana. Before 1910 the trade of Cannabis was
not common, until after the Mexican war where drug trafficking
exploded between Latin America and the U.S.

How Does One Abuse Marijuana?
Marijuana, (also known commonly as weed, Mary Jane, pot,
kush, trees, and green) is most commonly smoked. There are
multiple ways of smoking weed, whether as a joint, blunt, bowls,
bongs, or pipes. Other ways of getting high include edibles,
(usually the marijuana is baked into pastries such as brownies or
cookies) or even using the cannabis leaves for tea.

How Does Prolonged Use of Marijuana Affect
You?
Though multiple studies have been done, the most obvious and
proven effect of long term Cannabis use is amotivational
syndrome. Amotivational syndrome is a psychological condition
where one loses inspiration, motivation, and the drive to
succeed. It has also been noted that through current research,
weed causes considerable memory loss. Less is known about
marijuana's effects on the lungs than cigarette smoking, but the
evidence points to long-term damage similar to the effects of
tobacco smoking. In all the time that Cannabis has been used,
there has been no record of anyone overdosing/dying from
marijuana.


How Does Marijuana Affect The Body?
Marijuana affects both the central nervous systems and
cardiovascular . The biggest and most important psychoactive
component in marijuana is called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol,
also known as THC. After entering the bloodstream through the
blood-gas exchanges associated with smoking, THC combines
and correlates with receptor sites in the brain to cause increased
appetite, drowsiness, hallucinations, giddiness and other weird
psychoactive effects. Even though the causative mechanisms of
marijuana are not fully known, research indicates that THC
ingestion results in THC can cause measurable memory loss.
Other studies show THC binding to receptors in the cerebellum
and correlated decreases in motor coordination and/or the ability
to maintain balance.

Short Term Effects of Weed:
At low doses there seems to usually be a sense of well-being,
relaxation, and drowsiness. As the dose increases, other effects
take place such as an altered sense of time and sensory
awareness, problems balancing and recalling from one moment
to another (short-term memory). Conversation and thoughts
become incomplete, and immoderate laughter may take place
with increased doses.

Long Term Effects of Weed:
The American heart Association cites that marijuana smoking
may and has induce heart attacks. Problems with coordinating
body movements and pains in chest may be other effects of the
drug. Heavy users may experience a decrease in immune
function. Males who smoke marijuana could also experience a
smaller sperm count. Chronic users suffer from throat
irritation, chronic bronchitis, persistent cough, and emphysema.

Myths About Pot
The most ridiculous myth about Marijuana is the exaggeration of
its symptoms. Films like Reefer Madness which show the
fictional demise of multiple “good, Christian” teenagers due to
Marijuana. It’s also often said that marijuana is a gateway drug.
A gateway drug is one that usually after prolonged use, leads to
other harder more dangerous drugs. This has yet to be proven
and is often said to be ridiculous.
Marijuana Tolerance
Unlike other, harder drugs, weed is much harder to build a
tolerance to. The tolerance that some regular marijuana users do
experience is not what one would expect, either. Tolerance to
weed is oftentimes described as only needing higher dosages to
get high as well as more balance and coordination compared to
first time or less often weed smokers.




Post Test
1) What are some street names for marijuana?
a) Kush, pot, trees.
b) Speed, crank, tina.
c) Mojo, blow, happy dust.

2) About what percent of Americans have tried weed in their
lifetime?
a) 25%
b) 60%
c) 40%

3) What type of drug is marijuana classified as?
a) stimulant.
b) Hallucinogen.
c) Sedative hypnotic.

4) What main chemical in marijuana gets you high?
a) THC
b) TpK2
c) Phetamilanema-Kyrnticlisotios 502
5) Is weed illegal?
a) yes.
b) no.
c) it is de-facto illegal.

6) When was weed illegalized?
a) 1944
b) 1959
c) 1906

7) What plant does marijuana come from?
a) cannabis sativa.
b) hashia mangana.
c) lativa shiveera.

8) What does the Spanish word marijuana mean in English?
a) Maria Jeannette
b) Mary Jane
c) Mary Joe

9) How many cases of marijuana overdoses have lead to death
in the USA in the past 50 years?
a) 0
b) 2,907
c) approximately 8,000

10) How does one intake the drug marijuana?
a) smoking, drinking, or eating it.
b) injecting it into the bloodstream.
c) rubbing it onto the skin above the heart.


BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Marijuana." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. K. Lee Lerner
and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Gale
Student Resources In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
Taft, Catherine. "Fred Tomaselli: ASPEN ART MUSEUM." Artforum
International 48.3 (2009): 238+. Gale Student Resources In Context.
Web. 27 Mar. 2012.

"Marijuana." U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science. U*X*L, 2007. Gale
Student Resources In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.

Brewer, Tony. "Marijuana." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular
Culture. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 3. Detroit:
St. James Press, 2000. 272-274. Gale Student Resources In Context.
Web. 27 Mar. 2012.

				
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