Marijuana is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug that comes from the cannabis plant. Marijuana is usually green or brown in color and is a mix of shredded flowers and leaves that have been dried out. Higher quality marijuana sometimes has small yellow, purple or red fibers throughout the mix and typically has a more pungent odor. There are over 400 chemicals in marijuana but THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is believed to be the main producer of the psychoactive effect. Marijuana can be cultivated in either an indoor or outdoor setting and is grown in the United States and Mexico. Users typically smoke marijuana to achieve a high but it can be ingested as well. Individuals typically roll it up and smoke it as a cigarette (called a joint), use a pipe or a bong or smoke it in a cigar casing (called a blunt). When marijuana is smoked the THC enters the bloodstream through the lungs. It is then carried to the organs throughout the body including the brain. Once the THC reaches the brain it connects to specific sites called cannabinoid receptors that are located on nerve cells. It then proceeds to influence the activity of those cells which influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception and coordination.
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