WHAT IS MARIJUANA?

Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. On the street, it is called by many other names, such as: astro turf, bhang, dagga, dope, ganja, grass, hemp, home grown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea, weed, green, Hashish is a related form…

HOW DOES TOBACCO AFFECT THE BRAIN

Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco including cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco contain the addictive drug nicotine. Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled, or smoked. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is…

SHORT AND LONG -TERM EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL

Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition of the individual, short term effect of alcohol includes • Slurred speech • Drowsiness • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Upset stomach • Headaches • Breathing difficulties • Distorted vision and hearing • Impaired judgment • Decreased perception and coordination • Unconsciousness • Anemia (loss of…

WHAT IS ALCOHOLISM OR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE?

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) consists of four symptoms: • Craving: a strong need, or compulsion, to drink. • Loss of control: the inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion. • Physical dependence: withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.Serious dependence…

UNDERSTANDING HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS THE BODY

Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream via small blood vessels in the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Within minutes of drinking alcohol, it travels from the stomach to the brain, where it quickly produces its effects, slowing the action of nerve cells. Approximately 20% of alcohol is absorbed through the stomach. Most of…

WHAT IS ALCOHOL

Alcohol is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly and as for how it affects the mind, it is best understood as a drug that reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment.…