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How Much Do You Know About Marijuana?

Marijuana is a drug made from the flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant. It is usually smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe. Marijuana also can be consumed by mixing with foods, brewing into a tea, or "vaping" in an e-cigarette device. The main active ingredient is a chemical called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Some man-made chemicals resemble THC (synthetic cannabinoids), but are much stronger than THC. They are sometimes called "spice." To learn more about marijuana, take this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

1. Marijuana is commonly used illegally in the U.S.
2. Marijuana smoke contains cancer-causing substances and hundreds of other chemicals.
3. Marijuana may affect a user's attention and short-term memory.
4. Marijuana isn't as strong today as it was in the 1970s.
5. Short-term effects of marijuana may include s "high" feeling and changes in sensation, thinking and mood.
6. Ganja is a street term for marijuana.
7. Studies of high school students show that many young people try marijuana, as well as alcohol and tobacco.
Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth Greenblatt, RN, MEd
Online Medical Reviewer: Perez, Eric, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2016
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