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Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. Hashish is made from the plant's gummy sap (resin) and is six times stronger than marijuana. Cannabis describes any of the different drugs that come from Indian hemp.

Today's growers have developed techniques to make the drug much stronger, resulting in an increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits.

Marijuana and hashish users build up a tolerance, which can lead them to take more of it to get the same effect.

Street Names –Marijuana

Reefer, Pot, Herb, Ganja, Grass, Old Man, Blanche, Weed, Sinsemilla, Bhang, Dagga, Smoke, Green, Mary Jane, Texas tea, Dope, Roach, Hemp, Bhang, Home grown, J, White widow, Astro turf, Chronic, Kif, Skunk, Aunt Mary

Short-term effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Red eyes
  • Increased appetite
  • Loss of coordination
  • Distorted vision, hearing and sense of time
  • Increased heart rate
  • Poor memory

Long-term effects

  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Growth disorders
  • Lung damage
  • Reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Heart damage
  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Reduced ability to fight lung infections and illness