Drug user lights a marijuana cigarette (joint)

Drug user lights a marijuana cigarette (joint)

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Caption: Marijuana. Drug user lights a marijuana cigarette (called a joint or reefer). Marijuana is made from the dried leaves & flower- ing tops of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. It can be mixed with tobacco and smoked (as here) or eaten. Marijuana contains a mood-altering (psycho- active) drug, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It indu- ces an initial feeling of stimulation followed by sedation and pleasant tranquility. Users may also have altered perceptions of time & space, height- ened perception and unusual reasoning patterns. Negative effects can include confusion and anxiety attacks. Frequent marijuana users may develop a psychological dependence on the drug.

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