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Doctor in a white lab coat writing in a notebook with glass jars full of medical marijuana on his desk.

What’s Wrong With “Medical Marijuana”?

The NIDA Blog Team
September 08, 2014

There are over 500 different chemicals in marijuana, in combinations that vary widely between different strains and even from plant to plant. This causes serious problems trying to use the whole marijuana leaf, or crude extracts like hash oil, as medicine. Read More »

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Image of a teenage boy with text saying, "Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started before they were 18."

What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Medical Marijuana: It's Complicated

Sara Bellum
March 27, 2012

Doesn’t the term “medical marijuana” sound like an oxymoron? Read More »

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The Cigar Trap

Mini Cigars: The Facts Behind the Flavors

Sara Bellum
March 20, 2012

When you hear that something comes in strawberry, ice cream, chocolate, peach, or grape flavors, your first thoughts may be: ice cream, candy, or something made for kids. After all, manufacturers of kids’ toothpastes, medicines, and vitamins add fun flavors to make their products more appealing. Read More »

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Prescription drugs on television

Prescription Drugs on TV

Sara Bellum
October 18, 2011

You’ve probably seen television commercials advertising prescription drugs for any number of things—from fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-al-ja) to depression. Read More »

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