Marijuana Facts and Figures
- Street names: pot, mary jane, gangster, chronic, herb, weed, grass, boom, ganja, skunk, reefer
- Marijuana is a mind-altering drug, meaning that it interacts with the brain chemically to produce mood-altering effects
- Contains THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and 400 other chemicals.
- Most commonly smoked as a marijuana "cigarette" (joint or nail), or in a pipe or a bong.
- THC can be found by urine testing days after smoking marijuana.
- Short-term effects are memory and learning problems, loss of motor coordination, trouble thinking and problem solving, increased heart rate.
- Long-term effects are cancer, coughing and wheezing, lung infections, damage to the cells and tissues in the body that help protect against disease.
- Most commonly used illicit drug.
- In 2004, over 96 million Americans aged 12+ reported trying marijuana at least once.
- Over 25 million Americans reported marijuana use in the past year.
- Over 14 million Americans reported use in the past month.
For more information, visit:
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
National Institute on Drug Abuse Teen Marijuana Information