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Marijuana: Facts for Teens

Letter to Teens

Did you know…

  • When asked, only about 1 in 14 teens say they used marijuana in the past month.1 So, if you were thinking everyone uses marijuana, they don’t.
  • Some think marijuana is okay to use because it's "natural." But not all natural plants are good for you—take tobacco, for example.
  • Some teens believe marijuana can't be that harmful if states are legalizing it. Legal or not, one real risk is addiction.
  • In 2016, around 4 million people ages 12 and older had a marijuana use disorder. The most severe form also is known as an addiction.1
  • Research also shows that marijuana can harm the developing teen brain.

Our goal is to give you the straight facts so you can make smart choices and be your best self. We hope you will continue the conversation and share this information with your friends, parents, teachers, and others.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse

This page was last updated December 2017

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