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Making Medicine From Marijuana


The NIDA Blog Team
September 15, 2014

Scientists are busy trying to figure out which chemicals in marijuana really are useful in treating health problems and then finding ways to deliver them safely and effectively to patients to treat their conditions.  Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: What Is a Drug?

Sara Bellum
February 11, 2011

Every year on NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day, scientists chat with teens across the country to answer their questions about the science behind drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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Let’s Talk: Blog Post Categories

Sara Bellum
February 09, 2011

By now you know that our readers’ opinions matter to us, especially when it comes to the topics we cover. Read More »

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“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum
February 04, 2011

Spice—also known as K2, Fake Marijuana, Skunk, and other names—is a synthetic (or man-made) substance made from shredded dried plant materials and chemicals. Read More »

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Word of the Day: Depressants

Sara Bellum
February 01, 2011

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “depressants?” Maybe “depressed” or “sad?” But the drugs called depressants aren’t called that because they’re depressing in the emotional sense. Read More »

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Cough and Cold Medications: Use Only as Directed

Sara Bellum
January 28, 2011

Winter is here and, with it, cold season. To arm themselves, many people purchase over-the-counter drugs, which are those that don’t require a doctor’s prescription. Read More »

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