Weed is a slang term for marijuana, a drug that's derived from the dried flowers of the cannabis plant. Other names for marijuana include Mary Jane, pot, herb, grass, and ganja. So when you hear someone say they just smoked a little weed, it's marijuana to which they're referring. Is\u00a0weed\u00a0a drug? Most definitely. While it's not as dangerous or as habit-forming as other drugs like cocaine or opioids, it has many of the same mind-altering capabilities associated with them. Is Weed a Drug That Can Hurt You? Weed can hurt you, though marijuana by itself is not typically as harmful as other drugs. In fact, in some states, it's legal. Colorado sells marijuana over-the-counter. What many purchasers don't realize, however, is that most growers don't use organic methods. As a result, much of it contains harmful pesticides, heavy metals, and even fungi that aren't good for your mind or your body. Additionally, today weed is often much more potent than the marijuana your parents may have smoked decades ago. Because growers today cross-pollinate their crops, it's not unusual to find weed that's two-to-three times more powerful than traditional cannabis. Worse, this type of marijuana is often lacking in the cannabinoid, CBD, or cannabidiol, that's actually beneficial. CBD is currently\u00a0being studied because scientists believe it may have many beneficial applications,\u00a0including: \tHelping to ease anxiety disorder \tStopping seizures \tLessening the symptoms of schizophrenia \tPreventing the onset of Alzheimer's disease \tLessening depression Recent studies performed in Colorado labs are finding less and less CBD oil in commercially available marijuana. This, coupled with the elevated levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) \u2014 the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis \u2014 means that using these modern forms of weed provides powerful psychoactive effects while adding little in the way of medicinal value. What Are the Psychoactive Effects of Weed? A psychoactive drug works on your central nervous system and changes the way your brain interprets reality. As a result, it can\u00a0impact you in several ways, including: \tDistorting time \tWarping reality \tImpairing coordination Other studies have linked heavy exposure of THC in rats to the disruption of brain activity. It's thought that\u00a0adolescent use of THC may actually\u00a0impair the way the brain matures, leaving users open to the onset of cognitive disorders such as schizophrenia. While marijuana\u00a0studies are\u00a0still in the early stages, evidence points to CBD as having more genuine medicinal applications than THC. CBD is also\u00a0less detrimental to cognitive health and development than THC. Is Weed a Drug That Can Kill You? The odds of dying from smoking marijuana are low. There are concerns you should have, however, if you or someone you love uses this drug. THC has\u00a0habit-forming abilities. This means that some people may have a difficult time if they want to stop using the drug. Weed includes unhealthy ingredients such as pesticide, herbicide, bacteria, and fungi. Using weed can impair the way you think, feel, and experience reality, meaning you should never drive or operate machinery while using it. Using weed can also lower your inhibitions and contribute to reckless behavior such as having unprotected sex or driving under the influence. Long-term use of weed that contains high levels of THC may affect the way your brain develops and may contribute to neurologic\u00a0conditions as you grow older. Is weed a drug to which you can become addicted? Possibly. Much depends on the type of\u00a0marijuana you use and any risk factors that may be lurking in your past. If You Need Help Is weed a drug that can negatively impact your health? Absolutely. If you or a loved one\u00a0needs help to stop using marijuana, Five Palms provides effective treatment. Call us today at for more information.