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Classification: Psychoactive

Common Names/Nicknames: Pot, weed, grass, herb, hash, ganja, reefer, chronic

Active Compound: Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC)

Found in: Marijuana, sinsemilla, hashish, A-bombs (mixed with cocaine)

Mode of Consumption: Inhalation (smoking), ingestion

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule I. Legal in 16 states for medicinal uses with prescription. Illegal in all other states and without prescription


Acute: euphoria, relaxation, metacognition, audiovisual illusions, lack of coordination, anxiety, paranoia, dry mouth, red eyes, increased appetite

Chronic: lethargy, decreased memory


Psychological addiction, accidental injury, impaired lung function/pulmonary cancer, increased cardiovascular disease, increased multi-organ cancer risk

Males: impotence, gynecomastia

Females: menstrual irregularities

Dangerous Drug Combinations: 

Dangerous combination with cocaine. Possibly dangerous with heart or blood pressure medications and with immunosuppressants

Special Considerations: 

Marijuana use can lead to psychological addiction (as opposed to physiological addiction). Its legal status is disputed due to medicinal uses in appetite-activation of cancer patients and for slowing macular degeneration in glaucoma.

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