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Cannabis (Marijuana) Misuse

Cannabis (Marijuana) is a greenish-gray mixture of dried flowers of Cannabis sativa. The main psychoactive, or mind-altering, chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from hemp or non-hemp plants, and is any part of the cannabis sativa plant with no more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).


Marijuana and Cannabis

Effects of Cannabis (Marijuana) Misuse

Cannabis use directly affects brain function, specifically, parts of the brain responsible for learning, attention, decision-making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time. Developing brains (under the age of 25) may experience long-term or possibly permanent adverse changes as a result of cannabis exposure.

  • Anxious
  • Panic
  • Dry mouth
  • Fear and Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling unmotivated
  • Excited
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Relaxed
  • Calm
  • Lowered reaction time
  • Loss of sense of person identity
  • Increased heart rate


  • Decline in IQ
  • Poor school performance
  • Impaired thinking
  • Impaired ability to learn and perform complex tasks
  • Lower life satisfaction
  • Addiction
  • Antisocial behaviors
  • Difficulty obtaining or maintaining employment


Among college students, 44% reported using marijuana in the past year in 2020, compared to 38% in 2015, representing a significant increase
– NHI, 2021

Potential Impact

Of Cannabis(Marijuana) use among College Students


Athletic Performance

Failing a required drug test for college athletes which results in no longer being eligible to play


Missed Career Opportunities

Failing a drug test required for employment resulting in a loss of employment


Skipping classes and missing events


Academic Performance

Not completing assignments, not doing well on exams, and lack of motivation to complete school work

Methods of Use

Potency of Cannabis

  • Onset occurs within a few seconds to a few minutes of inhaling.
  • Full effects can peak within 30 minutes.
  • Duration of effects can last up to 6 hours, with residual effects lasting up to 24 hours
  • Onset occurs within 30 minutes to 2 hours of ingesting.
  • Full effects can peak within 4 hours.
  • Duration of effects can last up to 12 hours after use, with residual effects lasting up to 24 hours.
  • Onset occurs within minutes of use.
  • Duration of effects last approximately 2 hours.
  • Highly concentrated form of cannabis containing higher THC content than other forms of cannabis.
  • Onset is immediate, while the duration of effects usually last about 3 hours.


Defining Common Marijuana Misuse Terms


Amount of THC present in a cannabis sample.


The act of taking a substance into the body by breathing.


The process of taking food, drink, or another substance into the body by swallowing or absorbing it.


Refers to substance applied to a particular place on the body.


A broad term referring to all products that have ben extracted from the plant containing a high potency of THC.

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