Welcome to the Marijuana Page
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States (and among high school students in Falmouth). It is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis.
Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe. It is also smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco.
Scientists have learned a great deal about how marijuana acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC (the active chemical in marijuana) rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body.
THC acts upon the specific sites in the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Marijuana's adverse effect on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the immediate impact of the drug wears off. Someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.
Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction; that is, compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities.
To learn more about marijuana, check out these articles and resources: