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
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.
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
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.
How is it made?
Long theory ahead.
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.
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
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
A few statistics:
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United
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
The percentage of youth aged 12-17 indicated a greater risk of
smoking marijuana once a month remained unchanged between
1999 and 2000
The arrest rate of people
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
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.
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.
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.
CRAVING FOR MARIJUANA- people who try to quit
marijuana start craving for it and have a hard time trying to
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
HEADACHES- another physical problem faced by those
trying to quit. People start having severe headaches 2 to 6 days
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
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
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
Call 1-800-662-help to reach a free referral helpline