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Effects of recreational Marijuana

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Effects of recreational Marijuana

Marijuana (cannabis) is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is used as a psychoactive (i.e. mind altering) recreational drug, for certain medical ailments and for religious and spiritual purposes..


When people consume cannabis for recreational purposes, they might experience the following effects:

  • changes in perception, due to a slight hallucinogenic effect that can create a distorted illusion of time and space
  • mood changes, leading to euphoria, feelings of energy, or a state of relaxation
  • higher heart rate
  • reduction in blood pressure
  • impairment of concentration and memory
  • reduced psychomotor coordination
  • nausea, even though some cannabinoids may help reduce nausea
  • increase in appetite
  • faster breathing

Depending on the length and amount of use, some traces of THC might still be present in a person’s urine for several months after they last used marijuana.