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Street names: dagga, weed, marijuana, dope, grass, pot, ganja, hash, hashish
In South Africa cannabis is grown in rural areas and sold as a means to put food on the table. Cannabis contains more than 426 known chemicals, including the mind-altering substances known as THCs (tetrahydrocannabinols).  


The heaven:
You feel euphoric and relaxed.  


The hell
Panic attacks, hallucinations, flashbacks and memory loss.  


Effects on the body:
It causes frequent sinusitis and bronchitis and may cause infertility in men and women. Lung cancer is a real risk. It may harm an unborn baby, leading to miscarriage, stillbirth or early death. Foetal marijuana syndrome - characterised by lower birth weight and developmental abnormalities - is five times more common than foetal alcohol syndrome.  


Effects on the brain:
THC changes the brain chemistry that governs feelings, memory, the senses and co-ordinated movement.



 NB:  Common outward signs of a drug user:

 1.   They do not have strong willpower.

 2.   They do not have a stable character.

 3.   They tend to live in a tunnel - view life.

 4.   They lie constantly to protect their pride.

 5.   They would have the habit to bite their nails.

 6.   They develop chest problems, asthma or lung problems.