Addiction Drug Use Marijuana The Different Forms of Marijuana By Buddy T Buddy T Facebook Twitter Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism. Learn about our editorial process Updated on July 27, 2020 Fact checked Verywell Mind content is rigorously reviewed by a team of qualified and experienced fact checkers. Fact checkers review articles for factual accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. We rely on the most current and reputable sources, which are cited in the text and listed at the bottom of each article. Content is fact checked after it has been edited and before publication. Learn more. by Andrea Rice Fact checked by Andrea Rice Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Andrea Rice is an award-winning journalist and a freelance writer, editor, and fact-checker specializing in health and wellness. Learn about our editorial process Print Nastasic / Getty Images Marijuana is a product of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa) and appears as a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried flowers. Dried and shredded leaves, stems, and seeds may also be present. 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. 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. Other Forms of Marijuana With the advent of legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in some states has come the development of other types of products that contain marijuana. Some people vaporize it with a vape pen, while others may still smoke marijuana out of pipes and bubblers or roll joints, spliffs, and cigars (called blunts). There are edible marijuana products with marijuana or marijuana oils cooked into or infused into them. Marijuana oil is used to produce all kinds of edible products from cookies and cakes to gummy bears and chocolate bars. Marijuana oils can be added to all kinds of beverages, from sodas and energy drinks to teas and elixirs. Sprays and Tinctures 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. Marijuana tinctures—marijuana in a solution of alcohol—can also be used under your tongue to produce a fast-acting, intense high. We have come a long way from the day when the vast majority of raw marijuana was rolled into joints or stuffed into pipes. All Forms Are Mind-Altering All forms of marijuana are mind-altering. In other words, they change how your brain works by attaching to molecules on the brain and activating them, typically creating the effects of euphoria, relaxation, and sharper perception of things like colors, smells, and sounds. For some people, the effects are unpleasant and may result in paranoia, fear, panic, or anxiety. All forms of marijuana also contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active chemical, as well as more than 500 other chemicals. Marijuana's effects on the user depend on the strength or potency of the THC it contains. The potency of marijuana has increased since the early 1990s when the THC content was less than 4%. In 2018, potency was around 15%, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Marijuana Use Disorder 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. Dependence You feel withdrawal symptoms when not using, including irritability, restlessness, craving marijuana, decreased appetite, and trouble sleeping. Addiction You are unable to stop using marijuana, even if it interferes with your social, family, work or school, or financial life. If you think you may have a marijuana use disorder, it's important to seek help from a healthcare provider. How Can You Get Help for Marijuana Addiction? 5 Sources Verywell Mind uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Time. 420 day: Why there are so many different names for weed. National Institute on Drug Abuse. How does marijuana produce its effects? National Institute on Drug Abuse. What is marijuana? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Is marijuana addictive? Gorelick DA, Levin KH, Copersino ML, et al. 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