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Marijuana (Weed, Pot) Facts

Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mix of dried, crumbled leaves from the marijuana plant.

Marijuana can be rolled up and smoked like a cigarette (called a joint) or a cigar (called a blunt). Marijuana can also be smoked in a pipe. Sometimes people mix it in food and eat it.

Marijuana can make you feel silly, relaxed, sleepy, and happy—or nervous and scared. It may change your senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Marijuana can make it hard to think clearly.

Some slang names for marijuana are:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Herb
  • Boom
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To stop using marijuana, Cristina is making positive changes in her life. She finds support from family and friends who don't use marijuana. (Photo information)

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