Cannabis: (AKA marijuana) the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of the hemp plant most widely used as a psychoactive drug or medicine


  • chemical compound found in marijuana

  • work by imitating endocannabinoids

  • endocannabinoids are naturally produced by our bodies and activate when needed to maintain internal stability and health (pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight)

  • more than 100 types of cannabinoids found in cannabis

  • two most well known types are CBD and THC

Cannabidiol & Tetrahydrocannabinol (CBD & THC)

  • when these chemical compounds travel through the bloodstream, they bind to receptors in the brain
  • THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for making people feel high
  • CBD is a non psychoactive cannabinoid used for medicinal applications for treatment of conditions such as pain, inflamation, and epileptic seizures
  • CBD does not affect the mind or behavior


  • absorbed into the bloodstream by way of inhalation or ingestion
  • inhalation: most common method; quick absorption
  • ingestion: edibles; slow absorption; longer lasting

medicinal uses

  • currently one FDA approved medicine that contains THC called Marinol
  • Marinol used for nausea and vomitting in cancer patients; appetite stimulant for patients with AIDS; analgesic pain relief for patients multiple sclerosis
  • available in the UK and other parts of Europe, Sativex is the first cannabis based prescription medicine in the world; granted "Fast Track" designation by the FDA to be approved in the US
  • Sativex used to treat pain and spasticity in patients with MS; pain in patients with advanced cancer

Scientists are conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases such as:

  • multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control
  • Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of brain function, affecting memory, thinking, and behavior
  • inflammation
  • pain
  • seizures
  • substance use disorders
  • mental disorders


  • marijuana use remains federally illegal
  • 25 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it in some way (mostly medicinal)
  • 4 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it for recreational use
  • it is rare to face federal prosecution as an individual user
  • it is common for the DEA to target and shut down large scale growers and dispensaries

recreational use

  • I do not advocate use of marijuana for recreational purposes
  • risk of abuse just like alcohol or any other drug
  • one study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 IQ points betweeb the ages of 13 and 38; the lost mental abilities did not fully return even after quitting as adults
  • In my experience, most of the heavy users I know have no intention of furthering their education or career goals and have accepted that they will remain financially unstable throughout their lives

common side effects

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Slowed cognition and motor functions (feeling “stoned”)
  • Impaired reasoning and judgment
  • Difficulty concentrating, ordering thoughts, maintaining continuous thought processes, solving problems, and learning
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Clumsiness or heavy limb sensations and coordination loss
  • Drowsiness and motivation loss
  • Intense hunger (munchies)
  • Altered perceptions of time, space, senses
  • Altered moods
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Short term memory loss


  • "eating raw marijuana has no effect"
  • marijuana may not be considered a hallucinogenic drug, but as it can distort cognitive, emotional, and sensory perceptions in positive and negative ways, hallucinations are a possible side effect
  • you cannot overdose on marijuana, although absorbing too much may make you wish you had


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