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Third only to alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is the most popular and widely used drug in the United States.

Here are some important points to consider:

  • According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, over the last two decades marijuana has become increasingly more powerful, most significantly in states where it has been legalized for recreational use.
  • Regular marijuana use impairs short-term memory, decreases motivation, and compromises the ability to learn and organize complex information
  • Marijuana over activates parts of the brain that contain certain important receptors. This causes the “high” that users feel. Other effects include:
    • altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
    • altered sense of time
    • changes in mood
    • impaired body movement
    • difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
    • impaired memory
  • Marijuana use may have a wide range of effects, both physical and mental, which include:
    • breathing illnesses
    • possible harm to a fetus’s brain in pregnant users
    • hallucinations and paranoia
  • The amount of THC in marijuana has been increasing steadily, creating more harmful effects for users.

Informational Articles and Links:

How Dangerous is Marijuana, Really?

Science Daily: Marijuana News

Live Science: Marijuana Articles and News

Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?

Edibles are tied to more severe health issues than smoking marijuana

Drug Fact Sheet: Marijuana