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Basic facts about drugs: Marijuana

American Council for Drug Education

A fact sheet on the dangers of marijuana use. Describes what marijuana and its main psychoactive component (THC) are. Explains how it is used (smoking methods and other types of ingestion). Describes how marijuana affects the user both mentally and physically. Notes both short and long term effects. Describes the impact on the user’s mind and body, noting mental impairment and smoking-related damage. Describes the problems associated with an infant’s prenatal exposure to marijuana, including small size and low birth weight, health problems, and developmental delays. Discusses the particular problem of marijuana use by teens. Includes a checklist of physical and mental dangers related to marijuana use.