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  1. 1. MARIJUANA The deadly drug…
  2. 2. Quick information:  Name- Marijuana  Category- Marijuana is considered a cannabinoid (from cannabis, the plant they are derived from). This group of drugs produce euphoria and an altered sense of time. They can also produce hallucinations at high doses, but are not considered hallucinogens.  Local name- marijuana has many local names- weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, ganja, Mary Jane, ashes, gasper and jay are a few common nicknames
  3. 3. Harmful effects:  Effects- 1) Hallucination. 2) Increased chance of cancer. 3) Causes brain abnormalities. 4) Harms birth of child if mother smokes marijuana. 5) May increase chances of leukemia in children.
  4. 4. Description:  How is it used?- marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or in a pipe or bong. Recently, it has also appeared in cigars called blunts. It can also be cooked in foods, suck as brownies, and be eaten.  Is it legal?- this answer depends on the country. Many countries have legalized hashish but many still remain strict against marijuana. Egypt’s law does not allow the use of marijuana.  Cost?- Depends on the quality of weed. Cheap weed sells for 7-10$ per gram. Better quality such as chronic sells for up to 20$ per gram.
  5. 5. How is it made? Long theory ahead. Brace yourselves.
  6. 6. How is marijuana made?  The good quality marijuana is called “hydro” and is grown with sophisticated Hydroponics (hence the name hydro) systems with automatic ebb and flow systems, receive 18 hours of light a day for a few weeks at first (germination), and then 12 hours of light during the budding phase from a high density sodium fluorescent light. They grow it with all feminized seeds so that every plant will produce smokable weed. However, some are grown indoors under artificial light with artificial nutrients being pumped in the vessels at certain intervals.
  7. 7. Why is it used?  Most young smokers smoke marijuana because their friends or brothers and sisters use marijuana and pressure them to try it.  Others may think its “cool” to use marijuana because they hear songs about it and see it on TV and in movies. Some teens feel they need drugs to escape problems at school, home or with friends  Sometimes, doctors allow the use of “medicinal marijuana” which basically helps them in many ways noted on the next slide
  8. 8. Medicinal uses:  Medicinal marijuana is used to treat: 1) Muscle spasms caused by sclerosis. 2) Nausea from cancer chemotherapy. 3) Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain. 4) Seizure disorders 5) Crohn’s disease
  9. 9. A few statistics:  Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.  Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including most of the harmful substances found in tobacco smoke. Smoking one marijuana cigarette deposits 4 times more tar in the lungs than a filtered tobacco cigarette.  Reaction time for motor skills, such as driving, is reduced by 41% after smoking one joint and 63% after smoking two joints.  Harvard university researchers report the risk of a heart attack is 5 times higher than usual in the hour after smoking marijuana.  The percentage of youth aged 12-17 indicated a greater risk of smoking marijuana once a month remained unchanged between 1999 and 2000
  10. 10. The arrest rate of people possessing marijuana-
  11. 11. Legal consequences: The laws of possession, sale, consumption and cultivation of marijuana are quite flexible in some countries. A few countries may allow private use, but not sale of marijuana. Most countries impose jail time, a fine and in some countries, even a death penalty. In Egypt today, there are strict laws prohibiting the cultivation and use of marijuana. Having experienced its negative effects, Egyptians haven't been persuaded that marijuana is no worse than alcohol or tobacco.
  12. 12. Marijuana A few pictures
  13. 13. Effects of marijuana: SHORT TERM EFFECTS: 1)Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time. 2)Loss of vision and hearing 3)Loss of sleepiness and reddening of eyes. 4)Increased appetite and relaxed muscles. 5)Increased heart rate 6) School performance is reduced because of impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems.
  14. 14. Effects of marijuana: LONG TERM EFFECTS: Long term use can cause psychotic symptoms. It can also damage the lungs and heart, worsen the symptoms of bronchitis and cause coughing and wheezing. It may reduce the boys ability to fight lung infections and illness.
  15. 15. Withdrawal symptoms: CRAVING FOR MARIJUANA- people who try to quit marijuana start craving for it and have a hard time trying to completely quit. MOOD SWINGS- marijuana withdrawal leads to mood swings which can cause irritability and anger in a person. SLEEP DISRUPTION- insomnia is one of the major physical symptom reported by those trying to stop smoking weed. HEADACHES- another physical problem faced by those trying to quit. People start having severe headaches 2 to 6 days a week.
  16. 16. Addiction and quitting:  Marijuana is a weak drug and usually only an overdose would lead to addiction. If marijuana is used in a long term basis regularly, they get hooked to it and have a hard time quitting.  To quit smoking we need to follow many steps and stick to the plan. Below is a link which shows us how to plan to quit marijuana: marijuana/
  17. 17. How do you quit?  Maintain the desire to quit!  Evaluate your relationships and see if there is any one such person who tries to push you to continue drugs. If there is one such a person, avoid him/her completely.  Plan your battle! First reduce the amount you take and then completely stop and convince yourself not to take any more! Call 1-800-662-help to reach a free referral helpline 
  18. 18. Bibliography  harmful-effects.html   marijuana-travel/  gallery/images_marijuana.shtml  your-brain-on-marijuana/ 
  19. 19. Thank you  Thanks for patiently reading and always say no to drugs because the first time is the only time you have 