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Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States¹. Cannabinoids are the active compounds found in the cannabis plant, more commonly known as marijuana, that induce the feeling of being “high”. Most people smoke marijuana in joints, bongs, or vaporizers, but it can also be ingested in the form of edibles. Marijuana contains the mind-altering and highly addictive chemical THC that over-activates brain receptors that normally react to natural THC-like chemicals in the body, producing a high feeling. Marijuana affects brain development, which is especially concerning in young people. It can also have physical effects, like difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, and intense nausea and vomiting. Long-term use has been linked to certain mental health problems like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens².


References:

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.pdf
  2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
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