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Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which contains the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other related compounds. This plant material can also be concentrated in a resin called hashish or a sticky black liquid called hash oil.
Marijuana is usually smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints) or in pipes or water pipes (bongs). It is also smoked in blunts—cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour, odor.
Marijuana can also be mixed into a wide variety of foods such as candy, baked goods, and even sauces. These are called edibles. Marijuana can also be brewed as a tea.
In the series of images below, our photographer took pictures of marijuana edibles (pictured right) next to regular candy and treats (pictured left). Can you tell which is which?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides information on what marijuana is and what it does to the body. Find out the legal parameters of pot from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Sources: National Institute of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse, New England Journal of Medicine, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Colorado’s “Don’t Be a Lab Rat” campaign aimed to increase the perception of risk among youth regarding underage marijuana use.