Frequent questions and answers

Marijuana goes by many names including grass, weed, pot, dope, or cannabis, is the dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains psychoactive (mind-altering) compounds primarily tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as other active compounds like cannabidiol (CBD) that are not mind-altering.

Marijuana’s effects on a person depends on many factors, including the person’s previous experience with the drug and other drugs, genetics, gender, form in which the the drug is taken, and the strength of it.

The marijuana plant has chemicals that may help symptoms for some health problems such as pain and anxiety.  At present there isn’t enough research to show that the whole plant consistently but many people claim that it provides significant relief in certain conditions.

If marijuana is smoked, it can damage your lungs and heart and blood vessels. These and other damaging effects on the brain and body could make marijuana more harmful than helpful as a medicine. An issue with marijuana as a medicine is that the ingredients aren’t exactly the same from plant to plant. There’s no way to know what kind and how much of a chemical you’re getting.

There is no evidence that using marijuana in itself leads to the use of other ‘harder’ drugs

The signs of using too much marijuana are similar to the effects of using marijuana but more severe. These signs may include extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting. While marijuana itself is unlikely to cause a fatality in overdose the reactions can lead to unintentional injury such as a motor vehicle crash, falls or other accidents.