There are also flavored marijuana sprays that can be sprayed directly under your tongue for a quick high, or sprayed on marijuana joints and blunts.
You may hear marijuana called by street names such as pot, herb, weed, grass, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, or chronic. There are more than 1,200 slang terms for marijuana.
Sprays and Tinctures
Using marijuana can lead to a marijuana use disorder, which may involve dependence or addiction. In fact, recent research shows that 30% of people who use marijuana may have some sort of marijuana use disorder.
Stronger forms of marijuana include sinsemilla (sin-seh-me-yah, a Spanish word for “without seeds”), hashish (“hash” for short), and resins like hash oil, wax (similar to lip balm), and shatter (an amber-colored solid), which contain high doses of the active ingredients.
Other Forms of Marijuana
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved pills containing THC or other cannabinoids (chemicals similar to THC) as a way to help relieve pain, nausea, muscle stiffness, or problems with movement. There’s still a lot of discussion about the medical use of marijuana, though. THC and other cannabinoid pills are only available in some states and require a doctor’s prescription.
Marijuana withdrawal can be a bit like caffeine withdrawal: It’s usually worse a day or two after someone stops using marijuana. After that, withdrawal symptoms gradually decrease. They’re usually gone a week or two after the person no longer uses the drug.
Marijuana can be addictive. About 1 in 10 people who use the drug regularly can develop a “marijuana use disorder.” These people can’t stop using marijuana even though it causing problems in their lives. This is much more likely to happen in people who start using marijuana before age 18.
Immune system problems. Using marijuana a lot might make it harder for the body to fight off infections.
Medical Use of Marijuana
THC connects with a receptor on nerve cells in the brain. The marijuana “high” results from THC’s effects on the nerve cells that control sensory perception and pleasure.
Changes in the brain. Marijuana can affect the parts of the brain that play a role in our ability to remember, multitask, and pay attention.
Drug testing. These days, employers often test for drug use as part of the hiring process. Marijuana can show up on a drug test for several weeks after it was last used. So people who use marijuana may find they don’t get a job they want. Some companies do routine drug tests on employees, so people who use marijuana can lose their jobs.
These side effects are temporary, but they can make it dangerous to do things like drive while under the influence of marijuana.
Respiratory problems. People who smoke marijuana a lot can develop problems with the respiratory system — like more mucus, a chronic cough, and bronchitis.