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Drug Facts You Need to Know: Marijuana & Inhalants

Drug Facts You Need to Know

Cannabis (Marijuana)

Product names: Delta-9-tetrahydrocannobinal, Cannabis sativa, marijuana, hashish, hashish oil

Street names:
Weed, Pot, Grass, Reefer, Mary Jane, Joint, Roach, Nail, Blunt (Blunt refers to a cigar into which marijuana is rolled).

Symptoms of Use:
Mood swings, euphoria, slow thinking and reflexes, dilated pupils, increased appetite, dryness of mouth, increased pulse rate, delusions, hallucinations.

Potential Consequences:
Lack of motivation, memory impairment, weight gain, increased risk for cancer, lower sperm counts and lower testosterone levels for men, increased risk of infertility for women, psychological dependence requiring more of the drug to get the same effect. Marijuana serves as a barrier against self-awareness and users may not be able to learn key developmental skills.

Route of administration:
Ingested and smoked

Legal status:


Product names: Organic Solvents, nitrous oxide, nitrites, aerosols, airplane glue, nail polish remover, lighter fluid, gasoline, paints, hair spray

Street Names: Glue, Kick, Bang, Sniff, Huff, Poppers, Whippets, Texas Shoeshine

Symptoms of use: Slurred speech, in coordination, nausea, vomiting, slowed breathing

Potential consequences: Brain damage; pains in the chest, muscles, joints; heart trouble; severe depression; toxic psychosis; nerve damage; fatigue; loss of appetite; bronchial tube spasm; sores on nose or mouth; nosebleeds; diarrhea; nausea; bizarre or reckless behavior; sudden death; suffocation

Routes of administration: Sniffed

Medical use: Nitrous oxide only, for anesthesia

Legal status: Most products available in retail stores

Drug Facts You Need to Know