Marihuana (Marijuana)

Note: While a common way to spell marijuana is with a “j”, the spelling ‘marihuana’ is the legal spelling and is still used in the Criminal Code of Canada.

Common Halton Street Names:                                                                                                         blunt / bud / dope / ganga / grass / hash / herb / jay / joint / mary jane / reefer / weed

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Marihuana (Marijuana)
Quick Facts

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Marihuana comes from the hemp plant, cannabis. There are a number of chemicals found in marihuana. Cannabinoids is the name for the family of chemicals found in marihuana. The psychoactive ingredient in the plant, which produces the narcotic effect or commonly known as the “high”, is Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as THC). According to Health Canada, the average THC content in marihuana is 10 %. Marihuana is the most frequently used illicit drug in the Halton region. It is a controlled substance listed in Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The greatest concentration of THC found in the cannabis plant is located in the flower or commonly referred to as the ‘bud’.

Indoor marihuana grow operations were prevalent in the Halton region in the mid 2000’s. Marihuana grow operations used to occupy a large portion of the Halton Regional Police Drug Unit’s time Because there has been a significant drop in marihuana grow operations in Halton, the Halton Regional Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit can now focus on more serious and addictive drugs.

  • Marihuana is generally found in a green leafy substance that has a strong pungent odour.

  • Usually marihuana can be smoked in a cigarette, which is referred to by consumers as a “joint”. Marihuana can be smoked with both a metal or glass pipe. It can also be smoked from water pipes called “bongs”. In addition, it can be mixed into foods such as brownies or cakes to be ingested.It can also be injected, ingested, or smoked inside marihuana joint.

    When being purchased for personal consumption, cocaine is often found anywhere between a half gram up to 3.5 g which can be referred to as an eight ball (1/8 of an ounce). A heavy user may consume up to 3.5 g in one day.

    At the street level, cocaine is often found mixed with a cutting agent such as benzocaine, ephedrine, glucose, etc.

  • When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream. The blood carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body. Short- term effects include altered senses, changes in mood, difficulty thinking and problem-solving, impaired memory, red eyes, lethargy, and uncoordinated body movements. Marihuana also affects brain development. When marihuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. These effects can be long lasting or even permanent.