Can you please help me with some of the questions below on Marijuana? I am doing some research for health class on it. What are the chemicals used in Marijuana? What are some slang...

Can you please help me with some of the questions below on Marijuana? I am doing some research for health class on it.

What are the chemicals used in Marijuana?

What are some slang names for Marijuana?

The source(s) for Marijuana?..

Is the addiction physical, mental, both tolerance, withdrawal?

what are some of the physical, mental effects?

methods of use?

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The chemicals used in mare:tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) to name a few. Some of the slang names used for marijuana are ganja, weed, funk, chillums, loco, muggles, grass, Mary Jane, pot and M.J. The source for marijuana are the flowers, leaves, and stalks of mature female Cannabis sativa plants.

The addiction is not a physical dependence and any withdrawal symptoms are fairly mild. Some methods of use for marijuana are in a cigarette or cigar form, via a Hookah, mixed in food, and brewed as a tea. The variety of methods the drug is used mirrors the many reasons why people use marijuana. Some people use it for recreational activity while other use it for medicinal purposes. Some medicinal purposes are for nausea caused by several illnesses, to stimulate appetite as in the case of those with Cancer or AIDS, to treat glaucoma and to help those that suffer from muscle spasms.

Some of the physical effects are: redness of eyes, dry mouth, increased heart rate, and the skin's sensitivity to hot and cold. Mental effects are: changes in mental perception, changes in how information processed, and short-term memory is hindered. At present there is not any evidence that concludes that long-term memory is at risk for those that smoke marijuana extensively.

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