According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana “refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.” This plant contains the mind-altering ingredient, Tetrahydrocannibinol (more commonly known as THC), which causes the “high” when used. Marijuana can be smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes (joints), pipes or water pipes (bongs), or in a blunt (a hollowed-out cigar filled with marijuana). In addition, users may ingest it in various forms such as tea or brownies. It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana and in most states, even possessing small amounts of marijuana may lead to fines or arrest.


  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Herb
  • Grass
  • Ganja
  • Reefer
  • Mary Jane


Short Term Effects Include*:

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Long Term Effects Include*:

  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Potential permanent damage to brain and lungs


    • Although it seems like most young people smoke marijuana, 4 out of 5 young people do not currently use the drug and more than 50% have never tried it.
    • Marijuana use can lead to addiction: About 1 in 11 of those who use marijuana will become addicted, which increases to 1 in 6 for those who start in their teens.
    • High doses of marijuana can cause psychosis or panic when you’re high.