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Exposing the Facts: Marijuana

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Marijuana is often called pot, grass, reefer, weed, herb, mary jane, or mj. Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant.

Most users smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints, among other names; some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Marijuana is also used to brew tea and is sometimes mixed into foods.

The major active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the mind-altering effects of marijuana intoxication. The amount of THC (which is also the psychoactive ingredient in hashish) determines the potency and, therefore, the effects of marijuana. Between 1980 and 1997, the amount of THC in marijuana available in the United States rose dramatically

Marijuana is the Nation’s most commonly used illicit drug. More than 94 million Americans (40 percent) age 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once, according to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

The NIDA hopes that this research report will help make readers aware of our current knowledge of marijuana abuse and its harmful effects.

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Written by Daniel

February 13, 2009 at 7:00 am

Posted in Addiction

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  1. The History Channel has the best documentaries…thanks for the post.

    Frank

    February 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

  2. Never saw this Doc. Nice piece.

    Gregg

    February 16, 2009 at 10:55 am


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