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Marijuana 1012017-02-28T09:25:38+00:00

Marijuana 101

  • Today’s marijuana is more potent than it was 10 years ago and continues to get stronger. It’s not the marijuana people may remember from the 1970’s or 1980’s.1
  • How Marijuana is Used 2
    • Smoked
      • Joints, blunts (hollowed-out cigars filled with marijuana), bongs (water pipes, usually glass), bubblers (mini-bongs the size of a pipe) and hookahs are all used for smoking.
      • E-cigarettes and vape pens are used to smoke marijuana by vaporizing the active ingredients.
      • Marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogens than tobacco smoke.
    • Edibles & Beverages
      • Edibles are food products infused with THC oil – brownies, cakes, cookies, gummy bears, lollipops, gum, chocolate, ice cream, granola, etc.
      • It is difficult to tell the difference between regular food items and those infused with THC.
      • The THC content in this type of product can be up to 80 percent and the user is unable to stop metabolizing the edible if he/she gets too high.
      • Certain everyday beverages are infused with marijuana or mixed with oils. These beverages can come in the form of teas, sodas, elixirs and beer.
    • Dabbing
      • Dabs are a product that looks like honey or ear wax and contains 75 to 90 percent THC.
      • Dabs may be used in creating edibles or melted down to smoke in a vape pen.
    • Regular marijuana use (50 times or more a year) is strongly related to the onset of other illicit drug use.3
    • The impairment experienced from using marijuana can last long after the use ceases. Executive function and motor control may be impaired for periods longer than six hours after smoking and potentially even longer after consuming edibles.4
  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2013.
  2. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. 2015.
  3. Fergusson, DM, and LJ Horwood. Addiction Journal. 2000.
  4. Zwerling C, Ryan J, Orav EJ. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1990.