Marijuana is a drug derived from the plant Cannabis sativa. The drug is often called weed, grass, pot, hash, bud, ganja, and other nicknames. It is becoming increasingly popular as a social and relaxation drug in the United States, with recreational use and sales legal in eight states, and medical marijuana legal in 28 states. While the drug is still Schedule I at the federal level, the Department of Justice announced in 2013 that they would allow states to decide how to manage marijuana use without growers, retailers, and consumers facing federal prosecution.
Although the drug is more culturally acceptable today, it can still be dangerous, just like legal drugs tobacco and alcohol. It is possible for a person to become addicted to marijuana’s intoxicating effects and develop a physical dependence on the drug. If a person uses marijuana consistently over a long period of time, they can develop long-lasting health problems related to how much they use and how they consume the drug.