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Research Reports: Marijuana

Published October 2002. Revised June 2015.

Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on everyday activities, and available treatments. En Español

Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Published April 2001. Revised May 2015.

Presented in question-and-answer format and targeted to teens, provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects. En Español

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know

Published April 2001. Revised March 2014.

Brochure, in question-and-answer format, that provides facts about marijuana for parents and offers tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects. En Español

DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?

Revised July 2015.

Offers facts about marijuana as a legal medical treatment and about potential and approved treatments using chemicals derived from marijuana (cannabinoids). En Español

DrugFacts: Marijuana

Revised June 2015.

Offers facts about marijuana, including how people use it, its effects on the brain and overall health, and treatment options. En Español

DrugFacts: K2/Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana")

Revised December 2012.

Provides information about K2/spice, a family of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar to that of marijuana, including how it is used, its popularity among youth, and potential health effects. En Español

Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster

Published August 2012.

Posters for teens and young adults. Single-sided English and double-sided English/Spanish versions available. Emphasizes three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 13-14 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

Marijuana: Download the Facts Poster (Teaching Guide)

Published September 2011.

Front: Targets teens and young adults, emphasizing three essential messages about smoking marijuana: it is addictive, it can lead to school failure, and it impairs driving. Back: Four lesson plans for teachers, including critical-thinking activity worksheets and answer keys. Reviews basic marijuana facts. Helps students differentiate between fact and opinion, understand the importance of sources, analyze an editorial cartoon, and realize how messages about drugs are communicated, overtly and hidden, in songs and music videos. See also Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body—Year 13-14 Compilations for Students and Teachers.

Mind Over Matter: Marijuana

Published January 1997. Revised August 2014.

Explains to young teens how THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, causes changes in the brain that affect memory, emotions, balance, and judgment. En Español

The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

Revised January 2007.

The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

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