Chapter 5

What You Need to Know About Cannabis

Cannabis (marijuana) is a drug that many people use, some regularly with no apparent negative effects. However the other side of the story is that this drug can be a trigger to mental disorders, particularly for those who may be pre-disposed to have a mental illness. And cannabis can contribute to other negative effects and potential harm. Remember too that there are different strengths of cannabis. Over the years the strength of the commonly available cannabis, often called skunk, is much stronger and potentially more harmful than the cannabis used many years ago. So remember, cannabis is not a harmless drug. This chapter helps you learn how the use of cannabis can affect your child’s memory, learning, and performance of physical activities. At the end of this chapter we also present information about other drugs and their negative effects.

Cartoon of a Cannabis Leaf

Street Names For Cannabis

There are more than 200 slang terms for cannabis, varying from city to city, and neighborhood to neighborhood. Some common names are marijuana, hashish, pot, grass, herb, weed, Mary Jane, reefer, skunk, boom, gangster, kif, chronic, and ganja.

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