Most people know marijuana in such a broad or general way. Some only know of it as being addictive and illegal but some haven’t really looked at it closely to see what it really is and what it can do to a person. First off, where does marijuana come from? The fact of the matter is marijuana isn’t really a drug, but a plant instead. It is made from the hemp plant cannabis sativa. The parts of the hemp plant, mainly the leaves, flowers, seeds and leaves are dried first and then mixed together giving the distinct colors of green and brown to marijuana. Today, there are a lot of coined names for marijuana you can hear from the streets.
Some of which are Mary Jane, pot, reefer, smoke, shrub, and many more. There are a lot of types of marijuana that have a stronger kick such as the Sinsemilla and the hash oil. Marijuana has the active component which is THC that gives marijuana the psychoactive effect and is responsible for making users feel more relaxed and improves their mood. How do people indulge this excessively addicting habit? Marijuana is usually smoked through an improvised pipe called a joint or in a bong. In some cases, it has also appeared in what is called a blunt, which is a cigarette casing that has been removed of its contents and is replaced with marijuana inside. Now, the most important question to ask yourself if you are a user is what are the possible side effects of the drug? First off, there have been studies suggesting that marijuana can be utilized or mixed with other medicinal drugs to produce a beneficial effect. Marinol and Cesamet are some of the drugs available today in drug stores that are incorporated with the active ingredient in marijuana which is THC. Although marijuana can be a potential medicinal drug, there are greater health risks that this drug is associated with. The most common systems affected in the intake of marijuana are your lung, heart as well as brain system. It has also been proven to alter the behavioral and mental capacity of the user when taken in regular and heavy amounts. Pregnant women and lactating mothers can also be affected if they’ve used marijuana recently or is still using it today. THC metabolites can pierce through the placenta making the fetus at risk for a lot of health problems. The THC metabolites can also be passed to the baby via the breast milk during lactation. These are only some of the harmful effects of marijuana in your body and can cause more severe ones if not stopped earlier.