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What is marijuana?

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Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It has an active ingredient called THC that makes you feel high. THC and other compounds in marijuana can also affect the way your body works.

From: How Pot Affects Your Mind and Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws in 2018 Map.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What is marijuana?” “How does marijuana work?” “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?”

American Cancer Society: “Marijuana and Cancer.”

National Academies Press: “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.”

Mayo Clinic: “Marijuana,” “Medical marijuana.”

Harm Reduction Journal : “Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Governing.com: “State Marijuana Laws in 2018 Map.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What is marijuana?” “How does marijuana work?” “Secondhand Marijuana Smoke?”

American Cancer Society: “Marijuana and Cancer.”

National Academies Press: “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.”

Mayo Clinic: “Marijuana,” “Medical marijuana.”

Harm Reduction Journal : “Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 13, 2019

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