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ADAI Clearinghouse: Search Results. Above the Influence. Alcohol, Peer Pressure, Teenage Underage Drinking. NIDA for Teens. Marijuana teens. Want to Know More? Some FAQs about Marijuana. What is marijuana?

Want to Know More? Some FAQs about Marijuana

Are there different kinds? Marijuana Fact: Most teens do not use marijuana. Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp, or Cannabis sativa, plant. It goes by many different names—pot, herb, weed, grass—and stronger forms include sinsemilla (sin-seh-me-yah), hashish (hash for short), and hash oil. "I used to smoke pot until I had an anxiety attack and thought I couldn't breathe...

"There are a million things to do that are more fun than smoking some unknown grass. . — Comments submitted to NIDA's blog for teens How does marijuana work? All forms of marijuana are mind altering (psychoactive). How long does marijuana stay in your body? Organs in the body have fatty tissues that quickly absorb the THC in marijuana. Does marijuana use lead to other drugs? Marijuana Fact: Marijuana can be addictive. Exposure to marijuana may affect the brain, particularly during development, which continues into the early 20s. Yes. Some Things to Think About. People smoke marijuana for a lot of different reasons: to feel good, to feel better, to feel different, or to fit in.

Some Things to Think About

Whatever the reason, drug use has consequences. Addiction: Marijuana can be addictive. Not everyone who smokes marijuana will become addicted—that depends on a whole bunch of factors, including your genes, the age you start using, whether you also use other drugs, your relationships with family and friends, success in school, and so on. Repeated marijuana use can lead to addiction, which means that people have trouble controlling their drug use and often cannot stop even though they want to.

To help you make an informed choice, here are some brief summaries of what marijuana research is telling us. Driving: Drugs and the Brain. Introducing the Human Brain The human brain is the most complex organ in the body.

Drugs and the Brain

This three-pound mass of gray and white matter sits at the center of all human activity—you need it to drive a car, to enjoy a meal, to breathe, to create an artistic masterpiece, and to enjoy everyday activities. In brief, the brain regulates your body’s basic functions; enables you to interpret and respond to everything you experience; and shapes your thoughts, emotions, and behavior. The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Different parts of the brain are responsible for coordinating and performing specific functions. The brain stem, which controls basic functions critical to life, such as heart rate, breathing, and sleeping.

How do the parts of the brain communicate? The brain is a communications center consisting of billions of neurons, or nerve cells. Neuron to Neuron Each nerve cell in the brain sends and receives messages in the form of electrical and chemical signals. Is marijuana addictive? Historically marijuana wasn’t seen as an addictive drug, so it’s a fair question to ask: is marijuana addictive?

is marijuana addictive?

We now know that, like most drugs, people who use cannabis can become addicted or dependent on it. Most people who use weed don’t use it regularly and won’t develop a marijuana addiction. However, around one in ten people who’ve ever tried cannabis are dependent on it – at the moment that means more than 200,000 people currently have a marijuana addiction in Australia alone. If you’re addicted to marijuana, it basically means you have to use the drug so you can feel ‘normal’. Check out the video below to learn more about cannabis addiction. Could I have a marijuana addiction?

If you’re worried you or a friend may be addicted to weed, here’s a simple checklist to run a basic test – if you answer yes to three or more questions, you may be at risk of addiction: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.